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Government starts its microgeneration strategy

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker today launched a formal consultation for the Government’s Microgeneration Strategy

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched its Microgeneration Strategy to give certainty and clarity to industry and consumers.

DECC hopes that the strategy, along with the roll out of smart meters and the Green Deal, will produce small scale power generation which could help reduce bills and make people more energy self-sufficient.

The Government will launch its consultation in June with a final strategy coming out in early 2011.

The Strategy will investigate how to overcome the barriers to increase consumer confidence and sustainably grow the industry following confirmation of financial support in the Spending Review through the Renewable Heat Incentive and Feed In Tariffs.

“I am planting the seeds for growth so we can see small scale energy generation flourish in homes, businesses and communities,” said Climate Change Minister Greg Barker. “All elements of the industry, from standards and access to information to technology and skills must be ready to deliver and grow.”

“We’ve already pledged financial support to encourage people to install kit like solar panels and heat pumps, today’s consultation will ensure that the industry and consumers have the confidence to invest.”

The consultations will look at four areas - quality, technology, skills and information and advice.

The strategy focuses on electricity generation less than 50kW and heat generation less than 300kW. This includes air, ground and water source heat pumps, solar photovoltaics and micro Combined Heat and Power (micro CHP).

“We have already seen extraordinary growth in microgeneration power generation solutions thanks to the introduction of the Feed in Tariff earlier this year, and look forward to similar incentives being extended to renewable heating and hot water systems next June,” said Micropower Council chief executive Dave Sowden.


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