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The UK Government wants people and organisations producing electricity from renewable energy sources to receive higher rates for their home grown electricity.

The UK government has launched a consultation on the prices to be paid to people generating their own electricity from renewable energy. The new fixed rate tariffs, or ‘feed in tariffs’ as they are known in the renewable energy industry are aimed at domestic and micro -renewable energy generators and vary according to the renewable technology.

The Consultation on Renewable Electricity Financial Incentives proposes that tariffs will be paid for 20 years for new projects, except for solar PV which will be paid for 25 years.

The initial proposed generation feed in tariff levels for green electricity are set out below:

Anaerobic digestion – Electricity only – 9p/kWh – 0% annual degression
Anaerobic digestion- CHP – 11.5p/kWh – 0 % annual degression
Biomass – <50kW- 9p/kWh - 0% annual degression
Biomass - 50kW-5MW - 4.5p/kWh - 0% annual degression
Hydro - <10kW - 17p/kWh - 0% annual degression
Hydro - 10-100kW - 12p/kWh - 0% annual degression
Hydro - 1-5MW - 4.5p/kWh - 0% annual degression
PV - <4kW (new build) - 31p/kWh - 7% annual degression
PV - <4kW (retrofit) - 36.5p/kWh - 7% annual degression
PV - 4-10kW - 31p/kWh - 7% annual degression
PV - 10-100kW- 28p/kWh - 7% annual degression
PV- 100kW- 5MW - 26p/kWh - 7% annual degression
PV - Stand alone system - 26p/kWh - 7% annual degression
Wind - <1.5kW- 30.5p/kWh - 4% annual degression
Wind - 1.5- 15kW - 23p/kWh - 3% annual degression
Wind - 15-50kW - 20.5p/kWh - 3% annual degression
Wind - 50-250kW - 18p/kWh - 0% annual degression
Wind - 250- 500kW - 16p/kWh - 0% annual degression
Wind - 500kW-5MW - 4.5p/kWh - 0% annual degression
Existing microgenerators transferred from Renewables Obligation (RO) - 9p/kWh

Responses are due by 15th October 2009 and details for submission can be found in the ‘How to Respond’ section of the consultation document.

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1 Response

  1. We from the developed nations are equally guilty by our uncontrollable greed for energy by our lifestyle choices. Unless we are willing to contribute by using less is crazy to point the finger at those who are producing more.

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