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Increase renewables boost, government told

Senior industry figures have urged the government to go further in allowing householders to reduce their energy bills using their own renewable energy sources.

In a letter to The Guardian, a host of bodies including the Federation of Master Builders, the UK Green Building Council and Friends of the Earth, called on the government to increase the scope of its plans.

The letter says that the signatories “are concerned by the lack of ambition of the government’s proposed feed-in tariff scheme.

“Local, decentralised renewable electricity generation has advantages beyond cutting carbon emissions. Businesses generating their own clean electricity will reduce their energy bills, increase their competitiveness and reduce their vulnerability to future fossil energy price rises. Communities can gain an income and a stake in the creation of a low-carbon economy, and households, social and private landlords and local authorities can cut energy bills and tackle fuel poverty. It will also generate many jobs.

“Setting higher feed-in tariffs for small-scale renewable generators could treble the amount of renewable electricity generation by 2020 compared with the proposed scheme.”

Read the letter in the Guardian