Madeleine Moon – 2015 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Energy and Climate Change

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Madeleine Moon on 2015-10-09.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect on carbon emissions of the reduction on feed-in tariffs; and if she will make a statement.

Andrea Leadsom

In order to meet the 2050 target, we know we will need significant cuts in emissions across all parts of the economy.

This will not depend on any single technology, but rather will need a balanced mix of low carbon technologies, including nuclear, renewables, and carbon capture and storage (CCS) in order to help tackle the threat of climate change while keeping the lights on and ensuring the best value for consumers.

The feed-in tariff scheme has been extremely successful in deploying small-scale renewables. The scheme has already exceeded our 2020/21 projections for hydro, wind, and anaerobic digestion and is within the projected range for solar PV. Given this, alongside the risk of rising costs to consumers, it is right to consider cost control measures.