CLA welcomes The Energy Act: The future's green, at last!The CLA was yesterday (Thursday, 27 November) "delighted" The Energy Act includes measures to double the support for energy from biomass CHP and biogas and to make collection and settlement of Obligation Certificates easier - but expressed concern that there is still no timetable for the introduction of the proposed new support for Renewable Heat.
The Energy Bill was tabled this year shortly after the UK government signed up to a joint EU target to achieve 20 percent of energy supplies from renewables by 2020.
The Energy Bill received Royal Assent yesterday. It also includes measures to enable Government to introduce support for renewable heat, such as biomass and woodfuel boilers. This will in time transform the markets for sustainable fuels from woodland management, bringing benefits to biodiversity and the rural economy and helping to address both climate change and energy security.
CLA President Henry Aubrey-Fletcher said: "While we are delighted to have won the argument on renewable heat, the CLA is concerned there is still no timetable for their introduction.
"As we explained to Lord Hunt on Monday, the Government must take action to introduce both a feed-in tariff and a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) as soon as possible. This is essential both to give certainty to business and to allow investment to come forward speedily in order to meet the 2020 Renewables Directive target."
The CLA President added: "We are concerned that delay in introducing these measures will harm the many SMEs that have invested in training and equipment to deliver domestic and smaller scale renewables in both the heat and electricity sector."
The CLA calls on the Government to consider three proposals:
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A farmer’s daughter from the North York Moors, where her brothers still farm, Dorothy has clocked up more than 30 years’ service to the rural economy since graduating from Wye College (University of London) with a degree in agriculture.
She qualified as a rural practice chartered surveyor (land agent) whilst working for Savills plc in London and York, dealing with sales and purchases of country houses and estates as well as the management of investment estates for financial institutions.
Prior to joining the CLA, Dorothy worked for the National Trust in Yorkshire. There she managed some 30,000 acres of outstanding countryside as well as being responsible for historic houses open to the public and the acquisition of major new properties.
Dorothy was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List in recognition of her services to rural affairs.
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