BWCE, in the form of our chair Pete Capener, have been invited to take part in a Community Energy Contact Group set up by the Energy Minister, Greg Barker.
There have been two meetings of the group so far where Greg Barker has highlighted the key questions he would like to see addressed and the group has discussed at some length the Feed in Tariff (and the absence of a Community Tariff to date). The group will be looking at the Green Deal and the Renewable Heat Incentive at future meetings. Pete Capener says, “It is encouraging to see that both Government ministers and senior civil servants are keen to hear the community perspective. Though of course the test will be to see the degree to which discussion translates into supportive policy and practice.”
The Terms of Reference for the Contact Group are:
1. To support policy development within DECC to ensure that community perspectives are heard and included as appropriate; and,
2. To help the Government identify the barriers to community energy delivering its full potential and the measures necessary to remove the barriers.
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