Weekly Email News – the future of the building industry

Action plan for microgeneration
An action plan to help consumers, communities and businesses become renewable energy generators was published this week.

The Coalition Government’s new strategy to promote microgeneration and decentralised energy is aimed at making localised energy a real possibility for householders and communities across the UK.

It is the result of collaboration with the industry, consumer groups and others, and follows a public consultation which closed in March this year.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “I want to see a revolution in energy generation at a local level, giving genuine power to the people. We want to 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. That’s why we have worked with industry to develop a clear way forward which includes cutting red tape for micro hydro projects helping this industry to prosper.”

The plan is divided into workstreams each with key actions, milestones and responsibilities to drive the work forward.

The Strategy includes actions to improve the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) process, making it work more effectively for SMEs while continuing to protect consumers – for example by allowing greater flexibility in the treatment of micro hydro installations. This will be taken forward through the FITs comprehensive review launched later this summer.

Other actions include ensuring consumer protection is maintained across the microgeneration sector, and developing the skills and knowledge needed that are needed as it expands.

The aim of the strategy is to bring small scale renewable technologies into homes, businesses and communities across the country, moving microgeneration from a niche market to the high street and helping to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions.