Friends of the Earth (FOE) along with other environmental groups, companies and trade unions have given their backing to the proposed introduction of feed-in tariffs when the government’s Energy Bill is debated at the end of the month. Supporters of the bill maintain that feed-in tariffs will be absolutely vital to the UK meeting green targets as they will offer an attractive incentive to renewable investors. The principle of feed-in tariffs is that the government will pay a fixed rate for energy fed back into the national grid by small, renewable energy producers, and has been highly successful around the globe, no more so than in Germany.
However, FOE have stated that it is the essential that the UK come up with a feed-in tariff which sets out a clear timetable for implementation in order to attract investment in the initial stages:
“A strong feed-in tariff is desperately needed to give homes, businesses, communities and local authorities a financial incentive to fit renewable energy systems and play a major role in tackling climate change.
“Unfortunately the government’s woolly proposals are fundamentally flawed and will not guarantee that an effective scheme will be introduced. Proposals for a feed-in tariff must be strengthened to ensure that the UK reaps the benefits of its abundant supply of clean, green energy” asserts Ed Matthew, spokesman for Friends of the Earth.