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28 Jan 2010 12:01:10

FiTs need to be 'worth it'

FiTs need to be 'worth it'
A new survey has found that homeowners would be willing to install microgeneration equipment if the Government paid more.

The YouGov poll of more than 2,000 people conducted by Friends of the Earth, the Renewable Energy Association and the Co-operative Group found that 71 percent wanted a better feed-in-tariff (FiTs) in order to invest in renewable energy systems.

FiTs are prices paid for 'exporting' unused energy generated by homeowners to the National Grid.

Most believed that the government's targets for two percent of renewable energy from small-scale devices by 2015 should be raised, after they were informed that the UK would feasibly be able generate two thirds of its energy from such sources.

Andy Atkins of Friends of the Earth said that it was clear that the recent fears about gas shortages in the cold snap needed to be addressed by raising tariffs and pushing up small-scale renewable energy generation.

He said: "Our homes, businesses and communities could become green power stations - but bigger Government incentives are needed to make this a reality.

"Ministers must listen and introduce an ambitious feed-in tariff scheme that will encourage millions of households, companies and communities across the UK to join the green energy revolution."



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29 Jan 2010

In terms of reducing CO2 emmision, it must be counter-productive - i.e. illusory - to provide big pay for "clean energy" UNLESS this pay is re-invested in GENUINELY clean energy systems.
"Genuinely" clean", must be defined in terms of the answer to the question "how many times as much energy does the system supply during its life, as is required to create it" If the answer is
1 then it's a harmles convenience
2, twice as much, then it's a genuine help
3, then it's a serious help, unless the time scales involved are too long to help the current time-scale of global warming
5 Utopia here we come !
6 Heaven !
7) Please see to your editor which is broken !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As a simple example, suppose I can get 10% of cost returned annually from a good windy site where I can put my TADs, then if I need 50 leva/sedmits to live, I need to build 2500 / 0.1 leva-worth of them. 25k leva of BEZPLATNA Rabotna - unless some oil-burner subsidizes me

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