Energy and climate change select committee chair Angus MacNeil has slammed yesterday’s cuts to both the feed-in tariff and Renewables Obligation in a letter addressed to energy secretary Amber Rudd.

The letter, MacNeil states, has been sent to “express concern” over the recent announcements. MacNeil says that while the government has taken on board “some of the concerns” expressed by the industry throughout the consultation process, the committee remains worried over the impact of the policy decisions, most of which were set out by the government’s own impact assessment.

MacNeil has warned that the ramifications of the policy changes will be wide and that it has caused “alarming” damage to investor confidence in the UK renewables sector.

“The department appears to be making unexpected policy decisions that are being criticised routinely in our evidence sessions are being exactly the opposite,” MacNeil states.