MONDAY 01 DECEMBER, 2008 |
UK And Australia Progress On Feed In Tariffs
With royal assent last week granted to Britain's controversial Energy Bill,
Britain is now committed to dramatically reduce its greenhouse gas
will oblige the UK to cut gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 and
additionally see the introduction of a feed in tariff, paying owners of small
grid connected wind
a premium rate on all electricity they produce.
in tariff programs
, when implemented properly, have been demonstrated to
significantly boost the uptake of grid
renewable energy systems in homes and businesses. However, for a
feed in tariff program to achieve its full potential, it must be based on a
Under a gross model, payments are made on all energy produced, whereas a net
program pays only on surplus electricity exported to the grid. A feed in tariff
rate must also be high enough in terms of premium rate paid per kilowatt hour.
The rate that householders and businesses in the UK will receive on electricity
generated is yet to be determined.
Australia meanwhile is still thrashing out a nationalised, uniform gross feed in
tariff program as
proposed in a bill
of the Australian Greens earlier this year. While most
states offer feed in tariffs
, prices and conditions vary widely and most are
based on a net model that provides little incentive for home owners to install
solar power systems.
It was expected by many in the renewable energy industry that that recent
Council Of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting held over the weekend in
Canberra would see a formal major announcement on the implementation of a
national feed in tariff program, but according to the COAG
"COAG agreed to a set of national principles to apply to new Feed-in Tariff
schemes and to inform the reviews of existing schemes. These principles
will promote national consistency of schemes across Australia."
Timelines, details of the national principles and more in-depth information
regarding the agreement between governments as discussed at the COAG meeting is
not yet available; but no announcements were made regarding any federal funding
of related programs.
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