Confusion over scope of green levies review

The energy minister’s insistence that the government’s review will take a “good hard look” at all options is contradicted by a DECC statement.

Confusion over the scope of the government’s review of green levies has deepened due to contradictory ministerial statements.

Energy minister Michael Fallon told the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) on 30 October: “It wouldn’t be right to exempt these green levies... [and] to say you can’t possibly look at these. So we’re looking at all of them.”

This was flatly contradicted by a DECC statement saying “no one is talking about” changes to the Renewables Obligation (RO), contracts for difference and feed-in tariff (FIT) support. This comment was made in an email released on 30 October by the Solar Trade Association (STA).

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