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On 12th July 2010, the Government announced a consultation on a new Microgeneration Strategy.
- See the DECC press release
Following a collaborative consultation process, the Government has published a consultation document on a Microgeneration Strategy. This consultation document explores a range of non-financial barriers that have the potential to prevent the microgeneration sector from realising its full potential. It summarises the issues, presents the evidence, makes specific proposals and seeks responses to a range of questions.
The Microgeneration Strategy consultation document looks forward to 2020 and covers England only. It sought views on four key areas that can help decarbonise the way we heat our homes and businesses, reducing the UK’s CO2 emissions and contributing to our target of sourcing 20% of all EU energy from renewables by 2020.
The consultation covered four key areas for development:
- Quality: to ensure consumers have confidence that equipment and installation is reliable and adheres to the highest standards
- Skills: to develop the microgeneration supply chain to ensure it is properly equipped with the right people to meet the expected rise in demand, as well as creating and sustaining jobs in the UK
- Technology: to examine technology development including performance improvement
- Information and advice: to provide more accessible advice and information about Microgeneration to consumers
The final chapter looks at broader issues, with a focus on community-level solutions and decentralised energy more generally.
The Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Act 2009 commits government to consult on a new Microgeneration Strategy with the expressed purpose to promote microgeneration technologies in England only.
The Government has published a summary of responses to this consultation. We aim to publish the Microgeneration Strategy in summer 2011.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Post: Distributed Energy and Heat Policy Team
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Area 1E
3 Whitehall Place
Below is an independent report summarising the outputs from the working groups. This report is the principle output of this first phase of the consultation process that contributed to development of this draft strategy. It sets out the industry’s vision for microgeneration and then recommends what both government and industry need to do to make the vision a reality.