The microCHP industry’s three industry bodies have welcomed key commitments by the UK Minister for Energy and Climate Change (Greg Barker MP) to boost government support for micro-combined heat and power systems installed in homes.
As well as pledging to increase the feed-in tariff rate for microCHP, the Minister also made a commitment to explore other policy interventions to increase take-up.
Speaking in an adjournment debate in the House of Commons, the Minister said:
“MicroCHP can play a much larger role in driving the decentralised energy revolution…there are few homes that couldn’t benefit from microCHP…There is a clear role for Government leadership to bring microCHP to market…as an attractive, price-competitive alternative to taking electricity from the grid or installing a conventional boiler.”
Elaborating on the specific steps that the Government is considering in support of microCHP, the Minister went on to say that in the soon to be published Phase 2 of the FiT Consultation, “I will be bringing forward a new tariff proposal for microCHP…I will be looking to raise the tariff in the proposal that I will bring forward.
There are other policy levers apart from feed-in tariffs… and we should not ignore its potential, but we may need to come back to other policy levers if the feed-in tariff alone does not send a strong enough signal.”
Dave Sowden, Chief Executive of the Micropower Council said:, “Despite what has been a very busy time in dealing with other issues on the Feed-in-tariff, the case put forward has clearly been heard. We look forward to the consultation and working with the Government to develop the implementation details.”
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