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Shadow energy secretary slams government proposal to cut feed in tariff

Shadow energy secretary slams government proposal to cut fee...

Shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint has accused the Tories of undermining solar and onshore wind ahead of the proposal of cutting the feed in tariff by 87%.

The government’s announcement left the renewables industry and environment groups furious, labelling the cut as “absurd” and “highly damaging”.

Flint shared her views by stating: “In the run up to the vital Paris climate conference this year, the government should be fulfilling their pledge to decarbonise at least cost, but instead they have severely undermined the two cheapest forms of clean energy, solar and onshore wind.”

She also went on to comment about Amber Rudd by adding: “Amber Rudd promised to unleash a solar revolution, but this change is likely to cost jobs and investment in the green economy.”

The Green Party also criticised the government proposal by stating: “Currently only around 1.5% of UK homes have solar panels on their roofs. If we are serious about addressing climate change, reducing fuel bills and addressing fuel poverty then we need to be investing in renewable technologies, not cutting them.

“The cuts to the feed-in tariff will have only a negligible impact on energy bills but will have a destabilising effect on the whole UK solar industry, threatening thousands of jobs. This proposed cut makes no sense for business and threatens our meagre carbon reduction targets,” said Andrew Cooper, energy spokesman for the Green Party.

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