UK government outlines microgeneration plan

The British government has published an action plan aimed at fostering small-scale green energy generation among homeowners, communities and businesses.

The strategy to promote microgeneration and decentralized energy was developed in association with consumer groups, industry representatives and other stakeholders, and the government hopes it will create a ‘revolution’ in small-scale green energy generation.

The strategy includes actions to improve the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) process, making it work more effectively for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), while continuing to protect consumers – for example by allowing greater flexibility in the treatment of micro hydro installations.

This will be taken forward through the feed-in tariffs (FITs) comprehensive review to be launched later this summer

Key points include ensuring consumer protection is maintained across the microgeneration sector, and developing the skills and knowledge needed that are needed as it expands.

The government says the strategy will help move microgeneration from a niche market to the high street and help to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions.

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