Monthly Archives: October 2011

Aargh!!!! Con-Dems decision to slash PV feed-in tariffs could be the death knell for our PV-for free scheme – watch this space

The Coalition Government landed a severe blow to the solar industry today by announcing that feed-in tariffs to support the installation of solar PV will be halved.

For domestic-size schemes, payments are being reduced from up to 43.3p per unit to 21p for sites of 4kW or below, with installations completed after the consultation ends on 12 December 2011 set to receive the new lower rate from 1st April 2012.

Brighton MP Caroline Lucas has slammed the Government’s decision to punish solar success’, warning that by failing to take a more gradual approach to reducing the rates to allow the industry to adapt accordingly, the Government risks killing UK solar off altogether.

Caroline Lucas MP said:

“The reckless decision to slash feed in tariffs for solar by half poses a serious risk to the UK’s burgeoning solar PV industry – and proves yet again that not even a successful, jobs-rich sector like solar is safe from the anti green forces in the Treasury (1).

“Initial reports of an even more drastic cut – from 43.3p to 9p, said to be the preferred option of some in Government – was nothing short of pre-emptive spin to try to take the heat off Ministers for absolutely failing to defend this flourishing industry.

“The timing of the decision is particularly damaging – this wasn’t supposed to happen until April, yet the Government has chosen to bring it forward and cause massive chaos, just as it did with the solar installations greater than 50kw back in March.

“It’s crucial that the levels of Government support are known to industry far in advance to enable people and organisations to plan ahead.

“This shock treatment will seriously damage the business case for solar energy programmes, such as Brighton & Hove City Council’s ambitious plan for solar panels on public buildings and council houses.

“While everyone accepts that the tariff needed to be revised in line with falling installation costs, consumer bills and economic realities, the speed and scale of this cut is simply unacceptable and will cause huge disruption to a sector just finding its feet – not to mention the 25,000 jobs which it has created.

“Local councils like Brighton and Hove, who were looking to this programme to partly offset Government cuts to their budget, whilst reducing their carbon footprint, tackling fuel poverty and creating local jobs, have severely been let down by this tariff reduction.”

Caroline Lucas concluded: “Furthermore, by claiming that the solar cuts will benefit other energy producers, the Government is trying to drive a wedge between different players in the renewables sector, when it should really be focusing its attention on keeping its promises to clean industries and defending green jobs.”



1) The feed-in tariff scheme was introduced in April 2010 and has seen over 80,000 solar installations, the creation of more than 22,000 jobs and almost 4,000 new businesses.

Economics themes dominate the week!

On top of Molly Scott Cato’s talk in Swansea on Tuesday evening, we are invited you to the first Positive Money Meetup in SOUTH WALES – in Cardiff – on Wednesday, 2nd November 2011.

The location is in Cardiff but it is hoped that the many Positive Money registered supporters in other South Wales locations particularly Newport and Swansea will make an effort to attend. Attendance by the latter should enhance Campaign efforts to spread the word and educate a wider area of the South Wales population of the need to Reform our Money Creation System as advocated by Positive Money. The urgency for this to be widely recognised is dramatically emphasised by the current complete meltdown of the Financial/Banking System that has caused devastation of our Real Economy, increasing unemployment and rising inflation.


Wednesday 2nd November 6.30 PM for 7.00 PM start


PARK INN (CARDIFF NORTH) Circle Way East Llanedeyrn Cardiff South Glamorgan CF23 9XF

Let me know if you want me to arrange a lift share again.

Renowned Green Economist Molly Scott Cato will be visiting Swansea on Tuesday next (1 November)

How Green Economics could transform Wales.

Dr Scott Cato will be speaking at a public meeting in The Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea, SA1 1RY at 7:30 PM on Tuesday 1 November. Entry is free and everyone is welcome.

Molly Scott Cato is a green economist and expert in the social economy. She specialises in the issues of trade, work, money and cooperatives. She is a Reader in Green Economics at the Cardiff School of Management and Director of Wales Institute for Research into Co-operatives.

She studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics in Oxford, and after working in the publishing industry, earned her PhD from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a thesis on employment policy in the South Wales Valleys.

Her publications include Seven Myths About Work (1996), Green Economics: Beyond Supply and Demand to Meeting Peoples Needs (1999 co-edited) and Market, Schmarket: Building the Post-Capitalist Economy (2006).

Her report on the structure of government specialist science advice committees, I Dont Know Much About Science, apparently influenced the structure of the government committee examining the effects of low-level radiation. Another report in 2002 for the Association of Green Councillors was titled Using Best Value to Encourage Green Procurement in Local Authorities.

Keith M Ross of Swansea Green Party said, Thanks to green thinkers like Molly Scott Cato, the Green Party is able to offer a real alternative to the failed economic policies of the traditional parties.

Were very pleased to have Molly speaking in Swansea against the background of the governments proposed Localism bill a subject she is well versed in.

More details of Molly Scott Catos work can be found at:


Media Lens analysis of the killing of Gaddafi

The self-proclaimed goal of Media Lens is to promote rationality, compassion and respect for others. Almost by definition, this makes it a humanistic organisation and one that I fully support.This media alert echoes my own disquiet over the circumstances and reporting of Gaddafi’s death.

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Positive Energy: how renewable electricity can transform the UK by 2030

This ground-breaking new report shows that renewable energy is the key to reducing carbon emissions from the UK power sector in a way that is stable, secure and affordable.

The report shows that it is perfectly feasible for renewables to deliver at least 60% of the UKs electricity demand by 2030, enabling us to reduce emissions without resorting to new nuclear power or shale gas. By reducing our demand for energy we can reduce the costs of new low carbon generation capacity by around £40 billion by 2030, making it easier and cheaper to hit our climate targets.

Positive Energy has received support from a wide range of businesses, individuals and organisations, welcoming the contribution of the report to the energy debate. You can read what these organisations have to say here.

The report builds on our global vision of a world powered entirely by renewables, as detailed in The Energy Report: 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Happy first birthday for the Bridgend Greens blog!!!

If you check out the archive, the first ever posting to this blog was 25th October 2010, so its birthday was yesterday!!!

It had cause to celebrate for another reason yesterday as it achieved its highest ever daily hits yesterday too!

Yesterday we achieved 129 hits – mostly looking at the recent fracking success stories.

Overall, in its first year, we have seen:

  • 275 articles posted
  • 5230 hits (over 100 per week on average)
  • 62 comments posted
  • Busiest day = 25th October (129 hits)
  • Busiest week = Week 13 of 2011- last week of March (289 hits)
  • Busiest month = September 2011 (843 hits – this month is currently 145 behind)

All these figures are trending upwards, so please keep coming back and feel free to comment and contribute.


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