The Department of Energy and Climate Change has issued a ministerial statement by Energy Secretary Chris Huhne about his department’s proposed changes to the Feed-in Tariff.
Within this, Mr Huhne that that the government “respectfully disagrees” with yesterday’s High Court decision on its appeal against its previous ruling.
He further states that it is now seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court and states it is important that consumers are therefore aware that the rates for FiT may still be altered to the government’s previous reference point of 12 December 2011.
“The reason for appealing is that we want to maximise the number of installations that are possible within the available budget for FITs, rather than use available money to pay a higher tariff to half the number of installations,” says Mr Huhne.
The government has also placed a Parliament draft licence modification notice, proposing a 21p rate effective from April for solar PV projects eligible for FiT payments installed from 3 March onward.
Further to this, the phase 2 consultation will be published by 9 February, including the new proposals and including additional updates for FiT technologies.
The government also plans to publish its response to its phase 1 consultation for areas not affected by the Judicial Review.