Orkney & Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has today called for the UK Government to give clarity to low-carbon energy producers and warned that unless Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Greg Clark takes action to support producers, the fledgling UK industry could go "up in smoke".
The call comes as a coalition of ten energy trade associations has written an open letter to the Secretary of State calling for the “urgent publication of the long-awaited Feed-in Tariff consultation”. Much of the UK’s small low-carbon generation is supported by the initiative.
The Feed-in Tariff is due to close to new applicants in early 2019 and the consultation on how the support will be delivered after this period is now a year overdue.
Mr Carmichael said:
“Cuts to feed-in tariffs are short sighted and fly in the face of the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. Britain has the opportunity to be the world leader in green technology but the Conservatives are putting this industry at risk.
“As we work to build a greener Scotland it is essential that the hard work of low-carbon energy producers does not go up in smoke.
“Greg Clark should start by launching this consultation immediately to give low-carbon energy producers clarity as well as offer guarantees that the small-scale energy sector will have the long-term support it needs to flourish.”