Philip Dunne seeks assurance on subsidies for solar energy and anaerobic digester producers

12th February 2019

Philip Dunne seeks reassurance that moving from the existing feed-in tariff to the smart export guarantee will not jeopardise the viability of solar energy and anaerobic digester producers and that they will continue to be paid for exporting energy to the grid.

 

Energy Market: Diversity Supply

7. What steps he has taken to ensure diversity of supply in the energy market. [909148]

My right hon. Friend is quite right that we have a diverse energy supply and we must continue to maintain that, guided by the principles of lowest cost, lowest carbon and the maximum exploration of overseas trade opportunities. As the Secretary of State set out in his recent speech, we should continue to use market mechanisms wherever we can to maintain this diversity of supply.

I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. However, can she reassure the House, and many of our constituents, that the move from the existing feed-in tariff to the smart export guarantee will not jeopardise the viability of solar energy anaerobic digester producers and that they will continue to be paid for exporting energy to the grid?

My right hon. Friend is quite right. As I said earlier, we are very keen to ensure, through the smart export guarantee, that we move to the lower-subsidy or subsidy-free future that we know we can get to, but that we continue to see the sorts of viable projects that he references. I would urge him to make sure that the views of his constituents are reflected in the consultation that closes on 5 March.

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