I have updated the draft of 21st February and am inviting comments from mha readers on this page before final submission by 26 April.
This is probably the last opportunity for several years to improve the conditions for potential micro hydro developments so please make your comments here or, if lengthy, send me an email. This is so that there is some indication of the support or otherwise from the mha members and others with an interest in micro hydro.
The final draft of the mha response can be downloaded here.
Thank you for your input.
agree with the comment above, but otherwise, the response is good. Thank you so much for all the hard work, and frustration, that must have gone into reading, understanding and replying for us all.
I agree with the excellent and detailed response and comments. As for "provide a level of consumer protection..." this may get a bit legally tricky but there will be a contract for the contractor to supply the materials and services agreed and perform to the agreed spec. If it doesn't there should be a recourse through consumer law.
Gavin, An excellent submission - reading it help clarify some thing for me, for example on preliminary accreditation options and timetable. babyHydro fully supports the submission as it stands.
Not had time to read this latest 64 page doc. In case I don't manage to - is there an opportunity to comment on the logic defying tariff structure? Under the current rules, a number of schemes are being downsized for financial reasons. A 100Kw scheme earns the same as a 164Kw scheme - but when the extra costs of the larger scheme are taken in to account, the FiT effectively makes it uneconomic to generate 100Kw < +200Kw. This is because installations only receive the tariff for the band that they're in.
The consultation questions do not address the FiT tariff bands or provide an opportunity for general comments. I shall therefore be submitting separate proposals for discussion with DECC for how the FiT structure could be improved to realise greater benefit from hydro schemes. I will publish these on the mha website when DECC have had an opportunity to see them and indicated whether or when they might address them.
`Greater benefit from` sounds like `greater benefit to..`
I am also pleased (and intrigued) to see the part about preliminary accreditation. Ofgem`s misleading advice made me install the wrong size generator and led to a two year delay on accreditation. Intriguing because they consistently deny any responsibilty for the advice given. Of course Ofgem is not DECC...
Hi Gavin, great work as always. Q16 re the poss of lowering tariff if reusing materials/equipt,if this was done it wouldn't encourage people to recycle perfectly good kit which would be against the efficiency ethos and if there was a lower efficiency then it would be reflected in a lower output anyway. Many thanks for your amazing efforts.
An awful amount of work you have had which I note the Government feels others should do in interest of installing small scale renewables.
Gavin, thank you for all the thought, time and effort you put into clarifying and solving the difficulties for micro-hydro generators. In response to your submission, I applaud and support it and hope your proposals can be incorporated. Also, many thanks for your on-going work with FiT tariff bands.
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