19 Jan 2010 09:01:10
Low carbon energy generation needs higher returns, says group
The government should increase its target for small-scale renewable energy, claims one environmental group.
Friends of the Earth (FOE) published an open letter in yesterday's Guardian newspaper arguing that the current target of generating two percent of renewable energy from microgeneration by 2020 is inadequate.
Andy Atkins, executive director of the FOE, said the government needs to set feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) much higher to encourage householders and businesses to enter microgeneration schemes.
FiTs, expected to be in place by April next year, will allow microgenerated energy from solar panels and wind turbines to be plugged into the national grid.
Any unused energy 'exported' to the grid will be bought by suppliers and any energy 'imported' by householders and businesses will be paid at the normal rates.
Encouraging microgeneration is cost-efficient and will result in reduced bills, alleviation of fuel poverty, economic security for communities and new jobs, Mr Atkins said.http://tinyurl.com/y8k8fn3