An excellent short description of the nine green policies that the Government has recently changed or brought to an end in this article by Adam Vaughan and Terry Macalister

Here is a brief summary but do read the whole article.

You can respond to the Government consultation on solar PV FITS via the FoE website.

Onshore wind

Amber Rudd, the energy and climate change secretary said she was halting new subsidies to onshore wind farms on the grounds that the technology should stand on its own feet and save bill payers money.

Ironically onshore wind has attracted a lot of investment and can be the most cost-efficient way of producing low carbon energy.

Solar subsidies

Ministers have targeted larger solar installations of less than five megawatts – enough to power 2,500 homes – in a consultation on the early closure of the renewable obligation (RO) subsidy aimed at April 2016.

And the government announced a review of the feed-in tariff,  a move that could threaten state support for solar panels on domestic roof tops.

 Respond to the Government consultation on solar PV FITS via the FoE website before 19 August.

The solar power sector has grown dramatically over the past 18 months. The benefit of scrapping this support for this industry would save energy consumers 50p a year.


The government is removing the guaranteed level of RO subsidy for coal or other fossil fuelled-power stations which are converting to wood or another biomass fuel.

Green Deal 

The government has effectively killed off the Green Deal that helped homeowners bring down their energy bills through retro-fitting, without anything  to replace it with. So, apart from poorer households, who get support through the separate ECO scheme, there is now no serious energy efficiency policy for homes, which account for around a third of UK carbon emissions. 

Selling off the green investment bank

Launched in 2012 to help green projects with an initial injection of £3.8bn of public money, the green investment bank is quoted as an example of the government’s environmental record. But last month the business secretary, Sajid Javid, said he would be selling off as much as 70% of the bank. Even the influential Tory thinktank Bright Blue say this sale is the “last thing we need”.

Watering down the incentive to buy a greener car

The summer budget ripped up the current system of taxation for new cars (vehicle excise duty, often erroneously referred to as road tax). Anyone who currently buys a new car pays a different rate for the first year based on how polluting the car is, ranging from free for electric cars to £505 for the dirtiest. But from 2017, after the first year, all cars will pay the same £140 annual fee. Friends of the Earth says a greener car will now cost £1,000 more over seven years.

Zero carbon homes no longer required

A decade-long plan to force all new homes to be ‘zero carbon’ from 2016 has been binned  Major housing developers said the decision was “extremely disappointing”, as do planners.

Fracking in nature sites

Rudd said in January that fracking wouldn’t be allowed in sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs). Last week she changed her mind, opening the door to fracking in thousands of SSSIs in England, Wales and Scotland, if the shale companies can get past planners. 

Goodbye green tax target

A target set during the last government to keep increasing the proportion of revenue from environmental taxes was dropped in the budget.