Scottish Energy Minister says UK Govt. review of small-scale feed-in tariff is an ‘attack on renewables’

renewables generalScotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has today criticised the UK Government’s consultation on small-scale renewable energy feed-in tariff as ‘an attack’ on green energy.

He said: “This review is particularly concerning coming just a few months before the crucial Climate Change talks taking place in Paris.

“And it is hugely disappointing that the UK Government did not seek to engage in any meaningful way with the Scottish Government prior to publication of its consultation today.

 “Given the UK Government has traditionally prided itself on being supportive of business, it is concerning that they are taking such an anti-business approach on this issue.

“Scotland has an abundance of small scale projects, which now face an uncertain future. I encourage all those impacted to response to the consultation.”

Meanwhile, Rebecca Williams, WWF-UK’s Generation Specialist, commented: “The UK government is missing the bigger picture.

“For a small short-term saving, these cuts risk pulling the plug on the growing UK solar industry which has been creating jobs, cutting costs and making a vital contribution to meeting our climate change targets over the last five years.”

“Investors need to know that the UK wants to be a part of the global transition to renewable energy. In light of all the recent announcements, the government must set out a positive plan for renewable energy in the UK to encourage investment, create jobs and to have a credible voice at the Paris climate change talks in December.”

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