Renewable groups unite to fight subsidy cuts

The Solar Trade Association and RenewableUK have launched a joint campaign to fight subsidy cuts for small-scale renewables, including wind turbines and solar panels.

The People Power campaign is calling for members of the public, as well as those who work in the renewable energy sector, to petition the Government to provide more stable support to these sectors.

Over the course of the summer the Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced a series of cuts and proposed cuts to the Renewables Obligation, Feed-In-Tariff and the Green Deal.

The two organisations have warned these cuts could lead to substantial job losses to the renewable energy. 

And they claim the potential changes mean that a huge number of renewable energy projects would no longer go ahead and that home-grown electricity will be out of reach to ordinary households, farmers and small businesses.

“This campaign is about sending a simple message to Government: don’t wreck an industry, which for the first time has given people the power to control their own energy supply,” said Gemma Grimes, Director of Policy, Consents & Intelligence at RenewableUK.

Leonie Greene, Head of External Affairs at the Solar Trade Association added: “Poll after poll shows the great majority of the public strongly supports local renewable energy. Yet Government proposals for Feed-in Tariffs are extreme and they will stop families and communities from investing locally in clean energy all over the UK.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues