The Home Insulation and Energy Systems Quality Assured Contractors Scheme (HIES) is urging Government to reconsider their decision to close the Feed-In Tariff (FIT).
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced earlier this week that the FITs, which provide householders with payments for energy generated and energy exported back to the grid, will close to new applicants from April 2019.
This will affect consumers who, from April 2019, will no longer receive the comprehensive consumer protection they currently enjoy under FITs, and will likely lead to job and skill losses within the industry.
A letter will be sent to BEIS Ministers today from HIES founder, Tony Pickup and HIES Director of Policy, Adrian Simpson, to put forward the case for keeping the export tariff.
“The FITs have enabled consumers to reap the benefits of renewable technology, and of course it has helped reduce our carbon emissions. We surveyed a number of installers in order to understand the effect the FITs closure would have on their businesses, and almost all felt that closing the scheme would be bad for the industry”.
HIES has been very active in campaigning to stop the closure of the FITs after our survey of 88 installers in Autumn 2018 revealed the potentially catastrophic effect that FITs closure would have on consumers and businesses. A report detailing our findings from the survey was acknowledged in BEIS’ statement on the FITs closure.