Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, launched a formal consultation document for the coalition’s Microgeneration Strategy on 22nd December 2010. The Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Act 2009 commits Government to promote microgeneration technologies in England only. The basis of this Strategy is to provide savings to consumers when coupled with the Green Deal, smart meters, Renewable Heat Incentive and Feed-in Tariffs. It will also assist in Government’s goals to reduce UK CO2 emissions by sourcing 20% of EU energy from renewables by 2020.
Greg Barker states “I am planting the seeds for growth so we can see small scale energy generation flourish in homes, businesses and communities.” He further states “We’ve already pledged financial support to encourage people to install kit like solar panels and heat pumps, today’s consultation will ensure that the industry and consumers have the confidence to invest.”
The informal consultation began on 12th July 2010 and involved collaboration with the industry. The consultation will close on 16th March 2011. The Government will publish the final Microgeneration Strategy in early 2011.
The Microgeneration Strategy key areas
There will be four areas for development being looked at:
- Quality – ensuring that equipment and installation services are reliable thereby building consumer confidence
- Technology – improving products, using existing intelligence and increased testing of technologies new to the UK to grow the industry
- Skills – developing the microgeneration supply chain and creating and sustaining jobs in the UK
- Information and Advice – to improve accessibility to advice and information to consumers.
Another section of the Microgeneration Strategy will look at broader issues which focus on community based solutions and decentralized energy.
Technologies covered under the Microgeneration Strategy
The electricity generating technologies that will be under the Strategy will be those that are less than 50kW in size. The heat generating technologies will be those less than 300kW in size. This includes air, ground and water source heat pumps, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal water heating, biomass boilers, micro combined heat and power, micro wind turbines, fuel cells, micro hydro schemes and passive flue gas recovery devices.
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