Midlothian Green Party members interested in promoting local opportunities for community owned renewables will be dismayed by recent reductions in support available for the UK Government.
Community energy schemes will be hit hardest by Amber Rudd’s recent energy subsidy shake-up, ministers from Scotland and Wales have warned.
Scotland Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and Wales Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant have co-authored an open letter to Rudd urging her to consider new ways to support community schemes.
The two ministers were particularly critical of Rudd’s move to stop the Renewables Obligation subsidy for new onshore wind projects from 1 April 2016, and her plan to scrap pre-accreditation for the Feed-in Tariff scheme which supports projects below 5MW.
Pre-accreditation essentially gives renewable energy generators a guaranteed tariff level in advance of commissioning their installation.