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04 May 2011 04:05:41

Where's the energy cartel on FIT review?

Has anyone read or heard any commentary from the big six (Centrica, Eon, EDF, Npower, Scottish & Southern and Scottish Power) energy companies about their stand on the latest FITs review?

A reliable source from within one of the "majors" has informed me that they have been quietly, but determinedly lobbying Whitehall/Downing Street for months about reducing FITs for large scale PV in the UK.

In fact, there are teams of people within all the big six whose sole reasonability is to "work"—aka lobby—central government over regulatory affairs. What part have they played in the government's last move toward cutting FITs for large scale PV?

The big six have been against FITs and certainly the level of FITs for large scale PV from the start and now their power (pun-intended) is clearly demonstrated through the puppetry of the coalition government.

I guess if I was in a cartel I would NOT want hundreds of power producers muscling in on my action, either!

Don't shoot the messenger.

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23 Feb 2011

For the time being, it would appear that the big 6 have reversed their "If you can't beat them - join them" view on PV.

Up until a week ago, all were on the "free PV" bandwagon; and all have now jumped off. (For the time being)

No surprise there.

Richard Walton
Managing Director
RHI Energy UK Ltd.

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