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Feed In Tariff Gets Government Thumbs Up

Date: 7 Oct 2010

Amongst a backdrop of Government spending cuts and constant talk of austerity, the future of the Feed In Tariff has been given a tentative green light. Whilst many recent policies, like the “Building Schools for the Future” program have been slashed, the coalition has once again pledged it’s commitment to green policies.

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week, Oliver Letwin, Minister of State for the Cabinet Office reiterated the Prime Minister’s promise to be the “greenest Government ever” and is backing the Feed In Tariff as one measure that will help then fulfil their eco-credentials.

Some were worried the FiTs would fall victim to the spending axe in the Comprehensive Spending Review to be announced later this month. But Mr Letwin has reassured the micro-generation community and people thinking of turning to renewables, that the FiTs are part of Westminster’s “coherent vision” for the long term.

"This programme is the result of careful thought and real planning. It is not for tomorrow or the day after, but for the long-term. And it starts now," he told the second day of the conference themed 'green growth’.

Those working in the renewable energy industry, today, welcomed Letwin’s speech but said the Government now needed to come forward with concrete plans. Plug Into The Sun Managing Director, Andy Tanner says he is confident the Government will act on it’s green promises and urges them to do so as soon as possible, by confirming the FiT’s future.