Attendees to a major international conference on permaculture, held in London this week, are backing calls for government commitment to community renewable energy.
The 650 delegates from 72 countries attended the International Permaculture Convergence, aimed at 'Desgining the World We Want'. They back calls from key energy entrepreneurs after the Government have made more decisions that move away from community-owned renewable energy schemes.
'Ministers are preparing to cut the feed in tariff for new domestic solar PV installations by between 90 and 100%, effective from January 2016. Despite the falling prices of PV panels this would effectively spell the end of domestic PV installations in this country.' (www.permaculture.co.uk/news/2808156537/solar-doomed-uk)
Howard Johns, author of Energy Revolution – a book about successful community energy initiatives around the world said today:
“The Government's latest proposals to cut the Feed in Tariffs will as currently suggested do irreparable damage to Britain's rapidly expanding renewable energy industry.
“In particular, many groups of hard working people striving with their neighbours and friends to develop and build local renewable energy systems will be stopped in their tracks at the eleventh hour by these careless proposals.”
Emma Bridge, CEO of Community Energy England added: “If the Government's community energy strategy launched in January 2014 is to be worth the paper it is written on, then the Government must retain workable incentives that support the community energy sector.”
Commenting further, Adrian Ramsay, CEO of The Centre for Alternative Technology added:
“We know that it is technically possible by 2030 for the UK to create a prosperous economy that generates zero carbon emissions by using putting a major focus on energy efficiency measures and by using 100% renewable energy. It is paramount in this year of key climate negotiations that the UK government shows initiative and leadership to deliver this crucial objective.”
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Energy Revolution by Howard Johns