House of Commons committee critical of EMR and CfDs

The House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee has published a new report about the implementation of the Government’s Electricity Market Reform programme. Commenting on the report ahead of its publication, Leonie Greene, Head of External Affairs at the Solar Trade Association, said: “This committee’s report is important because the final details of the Contracts for Difference (CfDs) process arrived so late in the day there was no Commons scrutiny of the likely net impact of this policy before it went ahead.” “This report is therefore the first comprehensive House of Commons scrutiny of Electricity Market Reform and its …

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STA launches new logo and strategy…

…with solar racing car The Solar Trade Association is to officially launch its new logo, strategy and website at Ecobuild this week, opening the next chapter of the organisation’s history of over 30 years. Paul Barwell, CEO of the Solar Trade Association, said: “The STA is set to double its staff in a year as we put all our skills and resources towards supporting the growth of this astonishing technology. Solar needs and deserves its own distinct voice in the UK media and with policymakers.”  “The STA has always led on the substantive issues of policy, but our rebranding will …

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Solar gets little in Government’s new auction system

Most popular and soon-cheapest renewable loses out in scheme which favours big players. ‘Disappointing but predictable’ result requires change to next October auction The Government today announced which technologies and companies have won low carbon energy contracts in the new ‘Contracts for Difference’ auction for renewable energy.  Contracts for Difference are the new support mechanism for nuclear, CCS and renewable energy introduced by the Coalition Government to replace the main support for large-scale renewables, the Renewables Obligation. The auction, held earlier this year, required ‘established’ renewables to compete with each other directly for a share of £50m for the next …

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