Changes to FIT tarrifs will have big impact

The government’s proposed changes to Feed-In Tariffs (FIT) will adversely impact community energy  groups across the South West, including here in the Tavistock and Callington areas – Tamar Energy Community, Peter Tavy Community Hydro and SHARE.

Community energy is an important way to enable local people to have more control, and say, over their energy, and for us to work together to reduce our costs. Developing local community owned projects will help us develop opportunities for local supply at, we hope, more advantageous local prices. This is not just a pipedream. A pilot projects is underway in Wadebridge, Cornwall, to bring this closer to reality.

The government’s proposals are for a dramatic reduction in FITs from 1st January 2016. Locally generated energy brings jobs and investment to the region and these benefits are now at risk of being lost. A more gradual change is recommended with continued support for community owned projects.

If you’d like to help us and participate in the Day of Action please write to your local MP (Geoffrey Cox MP – West Devon and Torridge; Sheryll Murray MP – S.E. Cornwall) and let him/her know how the proposed changes in the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) review will affect community renewable energy projects across the south west; and ask him/her to send a letter on your behalf to the Secretary of State, Amber Rudd MP.

We will be meeting Geoffrey Cox MP on Saturday October 17th at 13:30. If you would like to sign a letter for us to take along to the meeting please come to Bedford Square on Saturday 17th Oct (tomorrow) between 12:00 and 13:00.

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A number of community energy groups across the area have also got together to make this short film.

You can also find more information here and on the 10:10 website (http://www.1010uk.org); and you can sign the petition on the Parliament website.