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Government stalling on RHI is “sapping investor confidence” warns REA

Delays in the publication of the RHI are “sapping the confidence of potential investors” the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has warned.

In an open letter from REA chief executive Gaynor Hartnell to energy secretary Chris Huhne, Defra secretary Caroline Spelman and energy minister Greg Barker, the REA calls for an end to the “series of delays” which have plagued the publication of the government’s RHI proposals.

The letter said: “This is the latest in a series of delays to a publication date that was originally promised for November, then December, January, February and now it is March. This continually moving date is sapping the confidence of potential investors.

“The Government has promised to introduce the RHI this summer, but we still do not know the details of the mechanism. Numerous projects are on hold, with recruitment frozen in many companies and other companies having to lay-off staff. Uncertainty and delay is damaging the industry and the prospects for the rapid development of green heat.”

The REA is now calling for the Government to publish proposals for the RHI “without further delay.”

A DECC spokesperson told MRW that an announcement was expected “shortly” but would not elaborate further.

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