MEP Welcomes Legal Decision On Feed-In Tariffs

25 January 2012

Alyn Smith MEP has today welcomed the decision by the Court of Appeal on the UK Government’s attempt to slash payments from the feed-in tariff scheme, putting at risk thousands of jobs in the renewable energy sector.

Alyn has previously spoken out against the coalition’s plan calling the current consultation ‘nothing more than a tick-box exercise’, whilst also raising his concerns with Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne.

Commenting on today’s ruling, Alyn said:

“This decision is a very positive one and will be welcomed not only by those employed in the sector but also by homeowners wishing to install PV solar panels in their own homes.

“Whilst this result is a victory for the sector and for common sense, the UK Government’s decision to take the case to the Supreme Court will only continue the uncertainty for the thousands of jobs at stake. Two courts have already ruled that the plans are illegal; it is high time Mr Huhne shelves his ridiculous plans.

“Feed-in tariffs are not the ideal way to fund the renewables revolution, but this cut by the UK government will see funding for supplying the national grid slashed by half at a time when the European Climate Foundation is telling us that spending on updating the grid needs to double.”