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9 responses to “What’s wrong with Feed in Tariffs?”

    • Damon Hart-Davis


      Thanks for that, but…

      I agree only if you are talking about larger projects, unless you’d be prepared to provide larger ROC payments for microgeneration to get people involved. For example, you/Ecotricity are only paying me 4.5p/kWh (incl VAT) for my PV microgenerated power even though we generated significantly more than we consumed yesterday and we’ve made heavy investment in efficiency and generation here at home to get there. Where’s the incentive in 4.5p? Why not more like the 20p/kWh elsewhere in the EU and/or officially supporting net metering?

      (Not that I’m complaining about the rate per se, but in the absence of claiming grants my pockets are only so deep!)

      Don’t forget getting ‘mindshare’ from individuals, not just bulk RE…



    • Damon Hart-Davis

      Thanks: looking forward to part 2!



    • Wobbly Dave

      There was a great advert in the independent the other day – ‘the solar power playoff’.

      The ad recreates an England vs Germany penalty shootout which Germany win 200 – 1 as Germany has 200 times the amount of Solar power mostly generated by FIT’s.

      Get your MP to sign New Clause 4 in the Energy Bill to include a renewable energy reward. It’s gotta be worth it!

    • martin

      Sorry but we do not have enough wind power to “power the whole country several times over”. The average electricity consumption per person (total not just in home) 1s 16kWh/d per person. So with 60mm population that requires total supply of 360,000 GwH per year; source Dr Mackay at

      We will need a huge number of wind turbines to produce that amount -like covering all of the land space in the UK and much of the sea around – and this is even before we have begun switching to electric cars.

      I am all for wind meeting a far greater proportion of our needs but let’s realise that it can come no where near meeting our total needs, even with substantial energy savings we have to embrace all options. It’s too late to be picky on what we use to reduce carbon.

    • Jon Cowdrill

      I tend to disagree. Feed in Tariffs generate a lot of grass-root support and involvement in renewable energy. This is significant in the planning process as enthusiastic local support tends to offset local opposition in the planning process. The RO system supports large companies for which locals have little sympathy for. Denmark’s planning system is not any more lenient than ours.

    • Bill Andrews

      Feed in tariffs will transform the micro and actually medium(5mw) RE development scenario.
      Currently even with double ROCS which dont start until April this year the total sales price is around 15P/kwh if you really try you might get 17p. As an example you decide to go for a 5kw wind turbine , cost around £20-22K. The Government grant will be a measly £2500. The income at 15p/kwh if you have a reasonable site( say 6ms annual average wind speed) is around £2000 before expenses like maintenance and insurance.So at best the payback time is over 10 years and ites about three times that for solar. With FITs it drops to under 2 years.QED