Many constituents have contacted me about proposed changes to Feed-in Tariffs and the impact of these on the solar industry.

 

The Government is committed to meeting 15 per cent of the UK's energy demands from renewable resources by 2020, and Feed-in Tariffs have led to levels of renewable energy deployment that have surpassed all expectations.

 

It is, of course, good news for the environment that renewable energy has been rolled out sooner than expected, but the extra costs associated with providing Feed-in Tariffs are ultimately paid by consumers through their energy bills. I would expect the Government to ensure that these costs are kept affordable.

 

That is why the Government has sought views from interested parties on proposals designed to relieve the pressure on energy consumers from rising costs, improve their value for money, and keep the costs of renewable energy policies sustainable.

 

Government support has driven down the cost of renewable energy, and technologies such as solar, are continuing to see costs fall. I believe that the Government should help low-cost, low-carbon technologies to stand on their own two feet, rather than create dependence on public subsidies. Indeed, the global transformation we need in energy will only happen if low-carbon options become cheaper without subsidy, than the alternative.

 

I fully appreciate that all job loses are immensely difficult for those involved. Ultimately, however, commercial decisions are a matter for the companies involved, and the Government has an equally difficult job in balancing such matters with the need to keep fuel bills as low as possible for all.