18 Nov 2008 05:11:53
Feed-in tariff scope extended
Feed-in tariffs in the Energy Bill were extended to renewable energy generation schemes which produce up to five megawatts (MW) of electricity.
The government yesterday added amendments to the bill so the above-market rate payments to renewable generators could be applied to a greater range of schemes.
When the feed-in tariffs were originally added as amendments to the bill the upper limit on generation was 3MW.
But the limit was raised ahead of the November 27th date on which the bill is set to get Royal Assent.
Another change was also made to the Climate Change Bill in yesterday's session in the House of Lords. It placed a limit on the amount of carbon dioxide emissions which could be accounted for by buying offsets.
The Climate Change Bill, which already determined that the UK would cut carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, was amended so that only a certain portion of the reductions could be met by paying for overseas cutbacks.
This was to ensure that UK industry actually takes steps to reduce emissions instead of simply buying their way out of the problem.http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2007-08/energy.html