Energy minister Andrea Leadsom has told MPs that the government’s reforms to the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme were necessary as the programme was not affordable in its existing form.

Speaking in Parliament on 13 June, Leadsom said the changes to the FiT––which included the introduction of deployment caps––would reduce spending on the scheme from £1.7bn/ year in 2020 to £1.3bn/ year, and that they would overall save energy users £7.6bn over the next 20 years. The FiT is the government’s mechanism for supporting smaller scale renewable generation and is widely utilised by small businesses.

However, shadow energy minister Alan Whitehead argued that higher deployment of renewables capacity would limit the amount that needed to be spent on procurement through the capacity market.

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