UK Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, has launched the first stage of the Government’s plans to help communities become more self-sufficient in the way they use heat and power. While the feed-in tariff has begun to help increase the amount of renewable energy installations in the UK, the Government wants to see what more it can do to help develop the industry, create more job opportunities, and make sure customers can trust the green technology they buy. 

“I want to see more homes, communities and businesses generating their own energy. We can literally bring power back to the people. Microgeneration is a key part of this vision.

“By becoming more self sufficient we can create sustainable local energy economies. People and communities can save money on their fuel bills at the same time as generating an income and cutting carbon. I want to work with industry to overcome the challenges it is facing. Together we will create a marketplace for jobs and prosperity alongside products and advice which people trust,” said Minister Barker.

The consultation on the Microgeneration Strategy will look at four key areas for development:

  1. Quality: ensure consumers have confidence that equipment and installation is reliable and adheres to the highest standards (including MCS);
  2. Technology: examine how to improve products through more trialling of technologies new to the UK;
  3. Skills: 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;
  4. Advice: provide more accessible advice and information about microgeneration to homeowners, communities and small businesses.

Chief Executive of the Micropower Council, Dave Sowden, said, “We’re delighted the Government is embarking on the development of a new vision for a true mass market UK microgeneration industry and bring sustainable energy self-production in reach of every citizen. Greg Barker, Chris Huhne and Charles Hendry have long supported this exciting new industry and we welcome the clear wish now they are in Government to see this industry thrive and grow through a brand new Microgeneration Strategy.

“Microgeneration is already a notable British manufacturing, servicing and export success story. It brings a unique personal touch for citizens to “do their bit” in tackling the country’s energy efficiency and sustainability needs, as well as helping supply security, fuel poverty relief and creating thousands of green jobs in recent years. We look forward to working closely with the Government on a new policy framework to allow every citizen, business, school, hospital, community and other organisations to grow their own energy,” concluded Sowden.