MP GETS PRIME
MINISTER TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT FEED-IN TARIFFS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY
24 October 2007
Prime Ministers Questions today Lynne Jones MP asked Gordon Brown to consider
introducing feed-in tariffs to encourage generation of renewable energy and the Prime
Minister agreed to look again at the Government s policies for promoting renewable
Dr Jones, who is the Labour MP for
Birmingham Selly Oak and a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select
Committee, said I hope this will be a serious examination of the feed-in tariff
system which, despite being so successful in Germany and several other EU Member States,
who have significantly expanded their renewables sector, was not even considered in the
Governments 2007 Energy Review.
In Germany, electricity utilities are
required to buy electricity from renewable electricity generators, who are awarded a set
price for all of the electricity they generate for 20 years, with the price declining by a
fixed percentage each year over the 20 year contract lifetime. The extra costs are shared by the final users, and
at roughly £12 per year are similar to the costs of the UK Renewables Obligation,
as are the rewards to producers.
Lynne Jones said The big
difference is that the feed-in tariff system is low risk because the price paid is
predictable, and this provides the stability that investors need. Consequently, under the German feed-in tariff there
has been a much faster expansion of renewables generation.
Recent reports that the British
Government is trying to persuade German Chancellor and EU President Angel Merkel to lower
the EUs renewable energy target of 20%, or at least to wriggle out of shouldering
its fair share of the EUs commitment, have caused a furore.
Pointing out that Britain has the best
natural resources for renewable energy in Europe but almost the worst performance on
renewables, Lynne Jones asked the Prime Minister whether he was content to let other
Member States who exceed the 20% target make up for Britains poor performance when
it comes to meeting the EUs target. (The
UK generates just 1.75% of its energy consumption from renewable sources, only Malta and
Luxembourg do worse; the EU average is 7%.) Gordon
Brown, however, insisted that the UK continued to lead on Climate Change.
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further details please contact Lynne Jones on 0207 219 4190
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