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Microgeneration action plan announced at conference

The Microgeneration UK Conference saw Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change Greg Barker announce the government’s action plan for microgeneration yesterday.

He stated that the plan, the result of industry collaboration and a public consultation that ended last March, is intended to provide the UK with easy to microgeneration technology.

Among the various sections of the published document, available to download from the DECC website, it is planned to improve the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

The scheme was described as being “critical to the industry’s development”, said the minister, and it will be more effective and simplified following its revise.

The scheme will then be more effective for SMEs and provide protection to consumers, said Mr Barker.

During his speech, the minister referred to the recent review of the Feed-in Tariff, which he described as a difficult decision, but it had been the right thing to do, he said.

Whilst describing the funding allocated to the microgeneration industry within last year’s Comprehensive Spending Review as “generous”, Mr Barker also said it “must look to stand on its own two feet” in the long term and not rely on subsidies.

After a question and answer session, Mr Barker left the conference, but the debate continued with a panel of experts continuing to discuss the announcement with delegates.

The Microgeneration UK Conference was held over two days in London’s Church House, featuring a number of industry discussions and presentations by experts and an awards ceremony on the evening of 21 June.

The event was organised by the Micropower Council in association with the British Photovoltaic Association and the British Heating and Hot Water Industry Council