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Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Update

The Government have recently announced an uplift in Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments from April 2017 for Air Source Heat Pumps as follows:

Current Tariff: (p/kWh) 7.51p

Uplifted Tariff: (p/kWh) 10.02p

People who join the scheme receive quarterly payments over seven years. The rates are set by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), formerly known as the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

This is important news for any councils and housing associations with off-gas properties and should be assessed on the impact the extra subsidy has on budgets for any upgrade plans for these properties.

We are already seeing a big increase in demand for heat pumps and are currently helping a number of councils and housing associations to develop upgrade programs.  The most recent project we are working on which is an upgrade to 550 off gas properties costing a net of only £750 per property after the RHI subsidy.

The table below illustrates The RHI payments received on a 4 bed council property over 7 years.

4 Bed Typical RHI payments* Using a 9kW Panasonic Heat Pump
Typical Heat Demand 13,038 kW hours pa
Typical Hot Water Demand 2,784 kW hours pa
Heat Pump SPF 3.24
Total RHI Payments 7 Years £8,272

*The payback figures above are for guideline purposes only and may differ subject to initial property surveys of your stock.

The cost for a full heating upgrade to the above property including all pipework and radiators and the installation of a Panasonic Aquarea heat pump and tank is £8,900.  After the RHI payments received of £8,272 the net cost is £628.   This offers significant savings over traditional heating upgrades for off gas properties.   For example to upgrade the property with new storage heaters would cost at least £2,500.  That’s a saving of over £1,800 over storage heaters on cost of install.

Not only are they the cheapest option to run, due to their efficiency they also provide a cushion against future energy price rises protecting residents from steep rises in their future heating bills. In the above example the heat pump will use over 10,000 less units of electricity than storage heaters and save over 5 tonnes of CO2 a year.

How we can help

At Ecosphere we have the experience and knowledge to help, having won the Panasonic Pro Partner Award for the Best Social Housing Project in Europe in 2015 for the work we undertook with Wealden District Housing developing a heating upgrade program to combat fuel poverty.   This targeted off-gas properties on a mixture of oil and storage heaters and to date we have installed over 230 air source heat pumps saving residents hundreds of pounds a year in heating bills.

We have an experienced in-house design team including a SAP / EPC assessor so can accurately model the costs and returns (RHI income) of any upgrades and savings for residents.   We will work with you to identify and analyse your stock, model the costs and returns and then create a program of upgrades.

We understand resident engagement is key – if heat pumps are an unfamiliar technology we are also happy to install pilot heat pumps and offer demonstrations to residents. For further information on how we approached the Wealden project and successfully engaged with residents please see the case study on our website.

http://www.theecosphere.co.uk/project-v2/wealden-district-council-heat-pump-study

Post installation we take care of all the paperwork for you including the management of RHI claims and liaising with OFGEM if required.    We also offer full operational and maintenance packages to ensure the efficient running of the heat pumps.

Finally, we have finance in place that will finance a project over 7-10 years and avoid upfront capital costs if required.

If you would like further information or would like to arrange a meeting where we can introduce ourselves and bring along more information please contact Zoe Forbes on 01825 880600 or email her at zoe@theecosphere.co.uk.

Ecosphere Marketing Team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Power is GOOD for everyone

‘Solar energy isn’t just good for polar bears, it’s good for the working class’

As Catching the Sun documentary opens Melbourne environmental film festival, its director calls solar ‘the foremost economic opportunity of our time’
Director Shalini Kantayya’s documentary Catching the Sun will open Transitions environmental film festival 2016.
Director Shalini Kantayya’s documentary Catching the Sun will open Transitions environmental film festival 2016. Photograph: Transitions Film Festival

Luke Buckmaster
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Wednesday 17 February 2016 03.06 GMT
Last modified on Wednesday 17 February 2016 03.48 GMT

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There are many ways to frame a documentary about solar power; many ways to go about extolling the virtues of clean energy. The most obvious would be to pursue the following line: hit hard by the effects of climate change, the world can save itself by building a sustainable future in renewable technology.

It’s also a message that falls squarely in the tell-us-something-we-don’t-know box.

“You can’t talk in a neighbourhood like this about saving the polar bear. They’re not gonna feel ya.”

Many moons have passed – and much discussion has transpired – since Al Gore brought us the world’s first blockbuster powerpoint presentation, 2006’s An Inconvenient Truth. That film ended with what is now considered a cliché in environmental documentaries: a “what can I do to help?” section intended to turn audiences into campaigners.

For her Sundance-supported feature documentary debut Catching the Sun, which screens in Australia as part of environmental documentary film festival Transitions this month, film-maker and activist Shalini Kantayya took a different route. She framed the discussion not as a “world gone to hell” prophecy of doom but as the means to argue renewable tech is – or can be – all about the economy, stupid.
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The film begins in Richmond, Virginia, a place that acts as a symbolic stand-in for any number of other American cities. The manufacturing industry, long its backbone, has withered and unemployment is rife.

A program called Solar Richmond creates “green-job opportunities”. It equips citizens, often those from rough-and-tumble neighbourhoods, with skills necessary for employment in solar panel installation. As one interviewee puts it: “You can’t talk in a neighbourhood like this about saving the polar bear. They’re not gonna feel ya.”

What they can feel is the difference between being trained and ready for employment and living on welfare. This is where Kantayya starts – the issue of job creation – viewing the word “renewable” in both an environmental and economic context.
Still from Catching the Sun documentary, screened as part of Transitions Film Festival 2016 in Melbourne.
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“When I went to the Solar Richmond training program, I thought this is a symbol for the kind of transformation all cities must make if we’re going to move our global economy towards a renewable future,” she says.

“I really got excited with that idea, which is really about the economics. Could solar do for America what the automotive industry did?”

Catching the Sun largely ignores the kinds of discussion about climate change synonymous with binary politics, and is intended for intelligent audiences who don’t need to be convinced about the environmental benefits of clean energy.

It has already screened in front of people for whom its messages about financial opportunity could make an impact – including at COP21 and for 100 mayors from around the world, at the invitation of the US secretary of state, John Kerry. “One of the most moving things about the film is that it is actually reaching policymakers,” says Kantayya.
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“Solar energy isn’t just good for the polar bears, it’s good for the middle class and the working class,” says the director. “I found in the many years making this film that there’s a story that’s not been told – that solar energy is the foremost economic opportunity of our time.”

One interesting case study is staunch conservative Debbie Dooley, one of the founding members of the US’s Tea Party and a participant in the documentary. She is also an outspoken advocate for solar energy. This may be generally perceived as a left-leaning cause, but Dooley is adamant her passion for solar is because of her ideological beliefs, not despite them.

Kantayya says her and Dooley’s political opinions are diametrically opposed (“We don’t talk about any other issues, let’s be clear,” she says, chuckling). But she views their collaboration as representative of the potential to break down barriers.

“I think our friendship is a symbol of what can be possible when we push our differences aside – this labelling of left and right – and say: what is it that we actually both want?

“Arguably the most environmental president [the US] has ever had was Richard Nixon. He gave us the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. All of those things were signed under Nixon and you can hardly call him a granola hippy.”

Catching the Sun arrives at an interesting time in Australia. Freed from the weird cheerleading of Tony “Coal is good for humanity” Abbott, there is a sense that a corner has been turned.
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In January, two new solar plants (now the largest in the country) were formally opened in Nyngan and Broken Hill, prompting speculation they may signal the “the birth of large-scale solar”. The Asia-Pacific manager for First Solar, which partnered with AGL, said costs for large-scale solar have fallen about 30% in recent years.

Uptake for individual homes and offices remains high, with recent data revealing more than 1.5m Australian homes have rooftop solar panels. And last month an Australian family became the first in the country to get a Tesla Powerwall unit installed.
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But the danger is that political seesawing and changes in policy will stymie growth. Recently in Nevada, for example, thousands of workers were let go after the state’s energy commission passed rules that roll back solar incentives. Similarly energy campaigners in the UK blamed government policy for the collapse of two solar panel installers last year.

Kantayya reiterates the message that governments should “send strong signals to the business community” and believes root-and-branch reform has to be a part of it: “The rewiring of our energy system is also going to involve the rewiring of our political system.”

She singles out Germany’s feed-in tariff, which pays individual people to be power producers, as an example of an effective initiative.

“A large portion of the solar that came to Germany was actually owned by ordinary people. Industrialists were almost left out of Germany’s solar revolution.”

Catching the Sun does, by the way, end with that eco-activist doco cliché: a call-to-action imploring audiences to contact their elected officials. But the film is so logically argued, and advocates such highly pragmatic workable solutions, you can hardly fault it for doing so.

“Of course we need to make big federal changes but it is about ordinary citizens going to their local government, going to their state governments, and saying this is what we want.”

Ecosphere win Panasonic Pro Award

Ecosphere Renewables have won the Panasonic Pro Award for our ground breaking Heat Pump project for Wealden District Council.
The project involved installing over 200 heat pumps across Wealden District Councils Social Housing Portfolio in areas that are of gas.

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Panasonic’s heat pump technology qualifies for the governments RHI scheme, meaning the council will benefit from an average payment of £500 per property per year over seven years. It has saved the council tonnes of C02.

“This is one of the largest projects we have ever worked on – with strict budgets, hundreds of tenants relying on our install and tight deadlines to work to, we had no room for fault when specifying our choice of technology. We have installed Panasonic’s heat pumps for many years and have always found its systems to be one of the most reliable and efficient technologies on the market today,” says Sam Phyall, Renewable Energy Manager at Ecosphere. “We are proud of the impact our installs have had on the community already. One family of five had their solid fuel back boiler with separate immersion heater replaced with an Aquarea unit; they are now saving £150 a month on their heating bills compared to before.”

Panasonic’s Aquarea air source heat pumps have a COP of 5.08, meaning for every one unit of heat the pump consumes, a further 5.08 units of heat is created. This will reduce the Wealden District’s carbon footprint by an impressive 5000 tonnes over the next seven years and, on average, will save tenants £500 a year on heating bills. By replacing oil boilers and inefficient storage heaters, Wealden District Council has also seen a significant reduction in maintenance costs and breakdown call outs.

Brighton primary school pupils raise £13k to fit solar panels

Pupils at a Brighton primary school helped raise £13,600 to pay for solar panels to be fitted to the canteen roof.

And today (Thursday 9 July) Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas went along to St Luke’s to congratulate the school’s “Eco-Warriors”.

The Green MP had a chance to see the solar array which is expected to bring £2,245 a year in financial benefits for the school.

St Luke's Primary School eco warriors with Caroline Lucas, parent Stella Pentecost, teacher Fiona Byrne, head Jonathan Cooper and Zoe Forbes from Ecosphere

And she met parent Stella Pentecost, who came up with the idea of installing the panels, teacher and parent Fiona Byrne and head teacher Jonathan Cooper.

The project has been supported by the carbon reduction campaign group 10:10 and the panels were installed during the May half-term holiday by Lewes company Ecosphere.

The school has used the project to help them learn about maths, science and the environment.

Mr Cooper said: “It’s absolutely wonderful that we’ve reached our total and have now installed solar panels.

St Luke's Primary School solar panels“I would like to say thank you to 10:10, our solar school team, parents, carers and our generous donors. We’re very lucky to have such a caring and committed community.

 

Our Eco-Warriors have worked tirelessly too, organising many fundraising events from comics to cakes to talent shows.

“It’s been an amazing journey, leaving us with many happy memories and truly enriching the children’s understanding of green issues and sustainability.

Caroline Lucas said: “This project at St Luke’s is truly inspirational. Thanks to the hard work of parents, carers and the PTFA, St Luke’s now has a fully operational solar array that will create electricity, cut carbon emissions and serve as a fantastic learning resource for pupils at the school.

“I’m very proud to be part of the launch of this project and I hope that it serves as an inspiration for other schools in Brighton and across the UK.”

Ecosphere’s director of communications Zoe Forbes said: “At Ecosphere we believe the children of today are the planet’s caretakers of the future.

“St Luke’s students have learned how important renewable energy is for our planet and it has been wonderful to see how proud the children are of the solar panels.

“We would delighted if every school in Brighton installed solar and hope to work with Caroline Lucas to help realise this dream.”

For more information about the project and funding options, visit http://www.theecosphere.co.uk/sectors/solar-for-schools/.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

The Council’s first solar photovoltaic installation was unveiled today at the Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre.
The new 100 kW system consists of 400 solar panels and can produce electricity to meet over 30% of the building’s annual energy needs. The centre is an ideal location for the system, which will benefit from its sunny, south facing roof.

Visitors to the sports centre will be able to track how much energy the solar panels have produced from an electronic display installed at the reception. This display will show how much electricity has been generated and how much carbon has been saved by using the renewable energy on site.

After accreditation, the system will be able to claim a Feed-in Tariff for all electricity generated. It will also export electricity to the national grid and contribute to the county-wide target to increase energy from renewable sources by 10 per cent by 2020.

The installation took four weeks to complete and was undertaken by East Sussex based company Ecosphere Renewables.

Company Director, Rob Santler said ‘It was a privilege to work with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in the design and installation of the Council’s first PV system. Ecosphere Renewables are very pleased to help towards local council and national carbon reduction targets. PV systems are ideal for buildings that have large roofs and a high energy usage, and this installation recognises the important role Solar PV can play in making energy production more sustainable.’

Councillor Barrington-King said  ‘This solar PV installation is an exciting step in the implementation of our carbon management plan and represents an appropriate use for the technology and a good investment. This system will provide a source of clean energy for the tennis centre for the next 25 years, it will payback our investment and provide  technology and a good investment. This system will provide a source of clean energy for the tennis centre for the next 25 years, it will payback our investment and provide a source of income in the future.’

Breaking: DECC sweetens solar farm subsidy shake-up with renewables funding boost

Government sticks with controversial change in solar farm subsidies, but promises £95m increase in support for renewable energy projects

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The government has today announced it has increased the budget for supporting the UK’s next wave of renewable energy projects by £95m, arguing that the shift to a system of auctioning support contracts to renewables developers will curb costs by billpayers while mobilising clean energy investment.

However, Ministers risked the ire of the solar industry as they also confirmed they were sticking with controversial proposals to bar solar farms with more than 5MW of capacity from taking part in the existing Renewables Obligation (RO) subsidy scheme from next April.

The latest shake up to the RO scheme and the contract for difference (CfD) mechanism that is designed to replace it will see the budget for the first round of CfD contracts increase from £205m, as originally planned to £300m.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said so-called mature technologies, such as onshore wind and solar farm projects, would compete at auction this autumn for contracts worth £65m, an increase on the £50m that was originally proposed. However, the distribution of the new budget will be phased with £50m available for projects commissioning in 2015/16, and an additional £15m for projects commissioning from 2016/17 onwards.

Meanwhile, less mature technologies, such offshore wind and marine energy projects, will be awarded contracts from a budget that has been increased by £80m to £235m. But again the budget awards will be phased with £155m for projects commissioning from 2016/17 onwards, and an additional £80m for projects comming online from 2017/18.

The department said the increase in budgets was made possible after “because the latest estimates of the overall costs of other policies, in particular the Renewables Obligation, are lower than expected”. It added that some additional budget had been held back to cover the risk of overspending in other renewable energy policies and ensure that the government’s clean energy support programme does not exceed its Levy Control Framework (LCF) cap.

“We are transforming the UK’s energy sector, dealing with a legacy of underinvestment to build a new generation of clean, secure power supplies that reduce our reliance on volatile foreign markets,” said Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey in a statement. “Average annual investment in renewables has doubled since 2010 – with a record breaking £8bn worth in 2013. By making projects compete for support, we’re making sure that consumers get the best possible deal as well as a secure and clean power sector.”

The increase in the budgets is likely to be welcomed across the renewables industry, but significant concerns remain about the transition from the established RO scheme to the new CfD mechanism.

Trade association RenewableUK has repeatedly warned that the initial £155m budget for less mature projects would only provide support for one offshore wind project, when five or six are currently in the pipeline and approaching a position when they could apply for support. The increase in the budget by £80m partly addresses this issue, but is likely to still leave several project developers disappointed.

Similarly, onshore wind and solar project developers have voiced fears that the budget for auctioned contracts is too small and risks freezing smaller, independent developers out of the market, reducing competition in the sector. Again, an increase in the budget will allow more projects to proceed, but is unlikely to ease developers’ underlying concerns.

Moreover, many solar farm developers remain angry at the government’s plans to exclude them from the RO from next April – proposals which were confirmed today.

The government did attempt to ease the impact of the changes on the industry, confirming that there will be a “grace period” for solar farm projects that had made “significant financial commitments” before May 13 this year, when the proposed changes were first announced. And DECC also announced that it will consult on an additional grace period to protect projects that are expected to meet the 1 April 2015 deadline for RO qualification, but miss the date through no fault of their own as a result of delays in getting connected to the grid”.

“After consulting the industry, the eligibility criteria [for the grace period] have been amended so that they are better aligned with the practicalities of solar project development processes,” DECC said in a statement.

In addition, the government said it would introduce a new support band for rooftop solar projects with more than 50kW of capacity through the feed-in tariff scheme. And it announced that it would consult on changing FiT rules to make it possible for businesses to take panels with them when they move premises, effectively making it easier for firms to justify solar investments that can take between five and 10 years to deliver a return on investment.

Ministers had said they wanted to see the focus of the solar industry shift from solar farms to large rooftop arrays on warehouses, offices and supermarkets. However, the industry has warned that support levels for rooftop projects are not yet sufficient to drive mass deployment of rooftop installations. The new proposals appear designed to boost the large scale rooftop market in response to concerns that that solar farm market will experience a significant slowdown following next year’s subsidy changes.

However, it remains to be seen if the solar industry will be won over by the increased CfD budget and tweaks to the feed-in tariff scheme. A number of solar farm developers have already launched legal action against the government alleging that the proposed changes to the subsidy scheme are unlawful and are currently waiting to hear if the courts will hear the case.

Industry insiders also remain deeply frustrated at the repeated changes to solar policies, particularly given this week’s report from the International Energy Agency detailing how plummeting solar costs and rapidly improving conversion efficiencies could make solar the world’s biggest energy source by 2050.

Paul Barwell, chief executive of the Solar Trade Association, condemned the changes to the solar farm subsidy scheme, rejecting government claims that a boom in solar farm development could put pressure on the RO’s budget.

“To curtail [soloar indusry] growth now is just perverse and unjustified on budgetary grounds – solar has only consumed around one per cent of the Renewables Obligation budget,” he said. “This is not a good outcome for consumers either. Why remove support for solar power when it could be the first low carbon power source to become subsidy free by the end of this decade? British Solar needs a stable policy framework to retain its growth to drive down costs so consumers see a direct reduction in their future electricity bills.”

The STA has today launched an online petition, backed by Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, 10:10 and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, in a bid to highlight public support for the sector and increase pressure on the government for a rethink.

“Pulling the rug on the technology the International Energy Agency says could be the biggest global power source by 2050 is crazy,” added Barwell. “This is unfair and unjustified discrimination against large scale solar. A fair outcome would be an RO banding review based on up-to-date costs, which we have provided to DECC. Our message to Ministers is simple: Let us compete on a level footing with the other technologies that still get RO support.”

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is Britain’s second investment choice after property

When asked about their preferred investment areas, a survey of the British public showed 43% chose property; 33% renewable energy; 23% traditional energy (oil, coal, gas);

When asked about their preferred investment areas, a survey of the British public showed 43% chose property; 33% renewable energy; 23% traditional energy (oil, coal, gas);

Renewable energy is the British public’s second investment choice above ‘traditional’ energy and manufacturing, according to a new national survey.

The ‘Great British Money Survey’, carried out by One Poll, gathered insight into the spending and investment habits of 2,000 people across the United Kingdom.

When asked about their preferred investment areas, 43% chose property; 33% renewable energy; 23% traditional energy (oil, coal, gas); 19% manufacturing; 15% consumer goods; 14% hospitality; 12% transport and 3% ‘other’.

Commissioned by finance platform, Abundance Generation, the survey also showed that Brit’s place most importance on financial return; risk; transparency; environmental and ethical impact when deciding their investments.

Findings mirror DECC’s public attitudes tracking survey from September, which showed that 76% of the public want to see more renewable energy in the UK.

The survey also showed that renewable energy is the top investment choice for 18 to 24 year olds, over property, while 75% would be unhappy if their money was invested in companies that damage the environment or are otherwise unethical.

However, surprisingly 22% are happy with their money being invested in companies that damage the environment or are otherwise unethical, it found.

Abundance Generation co-founder and joint managing director Bruce Davis said: “We’re now not only seeing majority public support for renewable energy, but people actively wanting to put their money in it too. Britain is a nation in love with property, so it’s no wonder this is at number one, but to see renewables favoured above old energy is a great vote of confidence in the sector.

“We know that from the rapid take up of crowd funded renewables, investors are actively looking for inflation beating returns. People would much rather get them through investing in the real economy in assets that they can see, trust and believe in,” added Davis.

Labour calls for clarity on which 'green levies' are under review

Shadow Energy Minister Tom Greatrex writes to Ed Davey calling for clarification on whether or not renewable energy schemes are at risk of being cut

Shadow Energy Minister Tom Greatrex has challenged the government to clear up once and for all whether renewable energy schemes will be subject to the Prime Minister’s “green levy” review following conflicting signals from Ministers.

Renewable energy companies were relieved earlier this week when Conservative Energy Minister Baroness Verma declared that “no one is talking about changing support for large-scale renewables or feed-in tariffs”, indicating that the Renewables Obligation and upcoming contract for difference schemes would not be cut as a result of the review.

Renewable energy trade associations also confirmed this week that they had received assurances from the Department of Energy and Climate Change that Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) that “between now and 2020, the support we give to low carbon electricity will increase year-on-year to £7.6bn – a tripling of the support for renewable energy”.

However, Conservative Energy Minister Michael Fallon had previously insisted that the government was looking at all “green levy” schemes as part of the review.

When asked by Labour MP Dr Alan Whitehead at yesterday’s Energy Statement in the House of Commons to clarify which schemes were under review, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey failed to offer any assurance that renewables schemes would be exempted. “The honourable Gentleman, who is very knowledgeable in this area, will have to await the outcome of the review,” Davey replied. “It will be announced at the Autumn Statement or before. He and his colleagues will hear the results of the review at that time.”

The response prompted a letter from Greatrex to Davey calling on him to clarify precisely which schemes are being reviewed following the Prime Minister’s controversial pledge to “roll back” some “green levies”.

“In this morning’s Annual Energy Statement you were asked by Dr Alan Whitehead MP which of the levies on consumer bills were subject to the review initiated by the Prime Minister at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday 30 October 2013,” the letter states. “Your response failed to answer the question, and leaves many concerned that either you do not know or you would rather not say.”

It calls on Davey to confirm which of the carbon floor price, energy company obligation, warm homes discount, renewable obligation certificates, feed-in tariffs, and contracts for difference are subject to review. “Given the level of concern and confusion caused by your response today, I – and many others – would appreciate a swift response,” Greatrex writes.

Sources have indicated that the schemes most likely to be reformed are the Energy Company Obligation efficiency scheme and warm homes discount fuel poverty grant scheme, with speculation mounting that some of the costs of the schemes could be moved onto general taxation.

Renewable energy firms have been offered assurances that there will not be late changes to support schemes designed to encourage investment in clean energy, and Davey has pledged to “fight like a tiger” to protect “green levies” that serve to curb energy bills in the medium to long term, while also helping to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

However, some Conservative MPs are pushing for the review to cover all “green levies” and are keen to see support for renewable energy schemes cut alongside support for energy efficiency schemes.

Responding to the letter a DECC spokesman gave the clearest indication yet that renewable energy schemes would not be discussed as part of the green levies review.

“The Government is looking at how to get people’s energy bills as low as possible to help hard-pressed families,” he said in an emailed statement. “We’ve already increased competition, brought new players in to the market to offer consumers real choice and the most vulnerable are getting direct help with their bills this winter. We’ll continue this work to make sure consumers are getting a good deal.

“No one is talking about changing investment incentives for renewables, such as the Renewables Obligation, Contracts for Difference and feed in tariffs, which are essential for investor confidence in the renewables sector and our commitments to a low-carbon economy. Between now and 2020, the support we give to low carbon electricity will increase year-on-year to £7.6bn – a tripling of the support for renewable energy.”