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Government taken to court over Feed-in Tariff reduction

The government is set to be taken to court over its plans to reduce Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) for solar electricity installations, after charity Friends of the Earth confirmed on Friday that it will launch a legal challenge.

Friends of the Earth issued an ultimatum the previous Friday, threatening to commence court proceedings if the government did not agree to amend its proposals within a week. The government responded by saying it did not intend to respond within the deadline.

The government announced earlier this year that it planned to impose lower FIT payments on any installations commissioned after 12 December 2011. Those installations would receive the lower FITs from April 2012 onward.

Friends of the Earth claimed this was unlawful because it would unfairly cause the abandonment of planned solar schemes that would have been completed after 12 December, and because the wording used in the government’s proposal suggested it would not actually consider representations made while the consultation period for the plan was ongoing.

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