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Cuts to Feed-in Tariffs

Labour MP for Bristol South, Dawn Primarolo, has met with local residents to discuss the Government’s plans to cut Feed-in Tariffs.  The Government intends to reduce the Feed-in Tariff for solar PV by over 50% - a move that is putting jobs and growth at risk.

Many people have contacted Dawn in recent weeks to express their shock and disappointment at the Government’s sudden plans which are likely to mean that far fewer households choose to have solar panels installed, resulting in continued reliance on fossil fuels to meet our energy needs.  

Bristol South residents met Dawn at her regular advice surgery last week, and MPs debated the issue in Westminster on Wednesday.  Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Energy called on the Government to bring forward more measured proposals to put Feed-in Tariffs on a sustainable footing.  Unfortunately the Government did not support the motion and the vote was lost.

Speaking after the debate, Dawn said:

“I share local residents’ concerns about the Government’s plans to cut feed-in tariffs so dramatically and so soon.  The proposals are understandably worrying for those working in the solar power industry as it is certain to affect demand from householders for solar installations.  So much for the Government’s promise to be the “greenest ever”!

I have written to the Energy Minister raising concerns about this matter and I sincerely hope the Government will think again.”

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