Renewables sector left in limbo as DECC delays subsidy decision

A backlash from renewables developers could be on the cards, after the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has decided to delay a decision on announcing renewable energy subsidy levels.

DECC has backtracked after initially promising to announce renewable energy subsidy levels before the start of the summer parliamentary recess.

It has now declined to set a new timeframe for the decision amid persistent speculation about in-fighting between the department and the Treasury.

"We're not going to say when a decision will be taken, but it could be before autumn," said the spokesman to Platts in response to reports in the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times suggesting the decision would not come until the end of the summer recess.

  The Financial Times now reports that Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has refused to sign off the 10 per cent cut, and is insistent on a doubling of the cut.

  Meanwhile Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has weighed in, insisting that deep cuts are unjustified.

  Renewables developers have consistently criticized the lack of policy certainty, warning that an "investment hiatus" would severely derail government's ambitious target of securing more than $172 bn in infrastructure investment over the near future.

"We're finalizing the details across government departments and taking into account over 4,000 responses across 29 [renewable energy] technologies. It is a lot of feedback," the DECC spokesman said.

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