Share

Government asks Supreme Court for permission to appeal solar ruling

Government asks Supreme Court for permission to appeal solar ruling
News

Government asks Supreme Court for permission to appeal solar ruling

Governance | Kirsty Weakley | 23 Feb 2012

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has asked the Supreme Court for permission to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision on solar tariffs.

Last month the Court of Appeal rejected the government’s request to appeal December’s ruling that reducing payments, before the consultation on the future of feed-in tariffs had closed, was illegal.

Environmental campaigning charity Friends of the Earth, along with two solar companies, brought the original case to court last year.  Responding to news of the latest appeal, Andy Atkins, FoE's executive director, warned: “A successful appeal will allow ministers to slash renewable energy at any time - even for solar panels and wind turbines that have been operating for years.”

He added: “This misguided appeal will only add to the uncertainty hovering over the renewable clean-energy industry and the thousands of people it employs.”

In a statement the DECC said:  “We want to see the available funding spread as far and wide as possible, making feed-in tariffs a scheme for the many, not a scheme for the few, supporting sustainable jobs in solar and in a whole range of small-scale renewables.”

New tariff plans revealed

The legal action taking place only concerns solar installations completed between 12 December 2011 and 3 March 2012, and earlier this month the Department announced its plans to reform feed-in tariffs (FiTs) following the publication of its consultation.

It claims that the cost of installing solar panels has fallen by 45 per cent since 2009 and that the resulting surge in installation has placed the FiT budget under pressure.

Climate change minister Greg Barker said: “Our new plans will see almost two and a half times more installations than originally projected by 2015, which is good news for the sustainable growth of the industry. 

“We are proposing a more predictable and transparent scheme as the costs of technologies fall, ensuring a long-term, predictable rate of return that will closely track changes in prices and deployment.”

Under this scheme households installing solar panels after 3 March 2012 will be eligible for a tariff of 21p/kWh from 1 April.

A multi-installation rate of 80 per cent of the standard tariff will be introduced for new panels on buildings that already have 25 or more panels, reflecting the reduced cost of these installations. The DECC is now considering whether social housing and community projects should be exempt from this rate.

Responding to the announcement Atkins said the plans “are a significant improvement”, but that the “distinctly unclear solar road map leaves a dark cloud hanging over thousands of jobs”.

The DECC has announced a second consultation phase which closes on 3 April.

 

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Tags

Free eNews

National Trust will sell green energy back to supplier

24 Apr 2014

The National Trust has launched a renewable energy trading company to sell electricity generated on its...

Payment by results holding back public service innovation, says NCVO

24 Apr 2014

The payment by results mechanism is in danger of making charities more risk-averse, according to a report...

Law Commission proposes checklist for trustees considering social investment

24 Apr 2014

The Law Commission has proposed changes to the law on how charities make social investments.

Teenager with incurable cancer raises £1.6m for Teenage Cancer Trust

24 Apr 2014

A teenager with terminal cancer has raised more than £1.6m for the Teenage Cancer Trust, including £1m...

FRSB calls for new rules on asking elderly and vulnerable for donations

24 Apr 2014

The Fundraising Standards Board has recommended the Institute of Fundraising develops additional guidance...

ASA: “I wish I had breast cancer campaign” did not breach guidelines

23 Apr 2014

The Advertising Standards Agency has not upheld criticism over a series of controversial adverts by Pancreatic...

'Technology can offer charities more than just online donations'

10 Apr 2014

Charities are focusing too much on using digital tools for fundraising instead of how technology can be...

Amnesty calls for 'full and frank disclosure' on alleged US surveillance

9 Apr 2014

Amnesty International has warned that alleged mass surveillance by the American intelligence agency NSA...

Virgin Money Giving launches app following year of growth

1 Apr 2014

Virgin Money Giving has launched an app for users after reporting that 30 per cent of traffic to its platform...

Join the discussion

Twitter
 
Training

Attending our one day courses is a highly effective way of ensuring new and existing trustees fully understand their role, responsibilities and liabilities.

>> Find out more <<