We’ve always believed there’s no reason why communities in the UK can’t have control of their own power generation. And that’s because there’s no reason why the supply of energy should be centralised.
It appears the Government agrees and has published a new strategy for small-scale green energy generation which could see communities taking control over their own power supply.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced the Strategy for Microgeneration which aims to address the barriers which threaten to take up incentives such as the Feed-in-Tariff and the Renewable Heat Incentive.
It focuses on electricity generation technologies less than 50 kilowatt (kW) in size, and heat generating technologies less than 300 kW in size – including biomass such as Organic Energy’s ÖkoFEN automatic wood pellet boilers and solar photovoltaic systems, which we distribute in the UK as a partner of world-leading SCHOTT Solar.
Mr Barker said he wanted to “see a revolution in energy generation at a local level, giving genuine power to the people.” He added that the strategy would help “people who are enthusiastic to generate their own energy matched by an industry with the desire, creativity and tenacity to grow in a sustainable and responsible way.”
But what is important is that if microgeneration is to become more accessible for communities, businesses and home-owners – then more information, advice and clarity is needed.
Companies like Organic Energy do their best to help provide research and evidence of how and why renewables are the way forward, we can give detailed information in relation to specific renewable energy options, provide guides to the RHI and the FiTs and point consumers in the right direction.
That’s because we are part of the industry Mr Barker says has the ‘desire, creativity and tenacity’ to grow.
And although we welcome any strategy which ‘gives power to the people’, we look forward to seeing the details of the changes to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and seeing how it will improve skills across the industry.
Ultimately the strategy has to be adopted and be effective, otherwise it simply becomes a document full of acronyms and wish lists instead of a blueprint to pull microgeneration out of its niche market and into the mainstream.