DECC quietly delivers £197m boost to feed-in tariff budget

Brilliant - This is a great step, thanks to DECC for this positive move.  There are several more steps required for us to start looking like a country that leads or even sticks to its rhetoric, but a good step - thank you.

The government has quietly raised the feed-in tariff spending cap by nearly £200m in a bid to prevent the subsidy scheme exceeding its budget, after re-allocating funds previously earmarked for the Renewables Obligation (RO) incentive scheme.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published a document last month following a parliamentary hearing into solar feed-in tariffs, which detailed changes to the Control Framework for DECC levy-funded spending that covers three energy policies where the Treasury has imposed spending caps intended to help avoid steep rises in energy bills.

The document reveals that DECC shifted £197m previously available for the RO scheme into the budget for feed-in tariffs, increasing the total budget for the feed-in tariff scheme from £867m to £1,064m.

Climate change minister Greg Barker told a parliamentary inquiry into solar power feed-in tariffs on 1 December that his department had adjusted the feed-in tariff "spending envelope" to subsidise small-scale renewables using money from the RO instead of FIT budget.

DECC then published questions and answers on the Control Framework for DECC levy-funded spending seven days later, for the first time revealing the scale of those adjustments.