18 Aug '14, 12am

Green Building | Uncertain future for community energy projects

Ed Davey, the energy secretary, last year visited a community solar scheme on a tower block in south London and has said he "want[s] to see nothing short of a community energy revolution", while the former climate minister, Greg Barker, said such projects were needed to "break the grip of the dominant big energy companies". But in the past six weeks the FCA, which registers new co-ops, has blocked several new energy co-op applications on the grounds that they would not have enough member participation, despite having authorised previous ones set up along the same lines. Tom Greatrex, shadow energy minister, sent a letter on Friday to Martin Wheatley, the FCA's chief executive, warning that the shift in the FCA's attitude put the future of co-operative energy in the UK at risk. "David Cameron's government talk a good game on community energy - but the reality is that future...

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