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DTI MICROGENERATION UNDER FIRE

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The government's microgeneration strategy has been criticised by councils for not giving enough grant to householde...
The government's microgeneration strategy has been criticised by councils for not giving enough grant to householders to help them generate their own energy.

The Department of Trade & Industry's strategy aims in part to increase local energy production, by encouraging householders and businesses to use, for example, solar panels and wind turbines.

However, Kirklees Metropolitan Council's environment

officer for renewable energy, Kate Parsons, said: '[The strategy] does nothing to improve the affordability of microgeneration because the£50m grant will be directed to suppliers rather than householders.'

The strategy also makes no attempt to simplify the administration behind converting houses to producing renewable energy, she added.

The council is proposing the government brings in legislation to help householders make the change. A DTI spokesman said: 'We have not yet worked out where the money is going to go. But the majority will go to large-scale projects rather than domestic.

'One of our objectives is to bring down prices by increasing manufacturing.'

He conceded, however: 'We need to bring down prices, look at increasing uptake and simplify planning processes so people can have wind-turbines on their roofs.'

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