UK Government will fight on to reduce FITs

The UK government has confirmed it is to appeal against the Court of Appeal ruling that its decision to cut solar feed-in tariff (FITs) before the end of a consultation period was unlawful. The appeal will now go to the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeal has now upheld the High Court’s ruling, denying the government a right to appeal and instigating procedures that would prevent the rushing through of similar changes in future. “The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court ruling on FITs albeit on different grounds. We disagree and are seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court,” Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne explained in a statement. He said the government has to protect the budget for FITs for all renewable technologies, which would come under pressure if another gold rush started as the tariff levels returns to 43.3p.

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