, which led the campaign for Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) with Friends of the Earth has been advocating for the inclusion of refurbished hydro schemes in the FIT scheme. Responding to today's announcement from Minister Greg Barker that professionally refurbished turbines and watermills will now be eligible for FITs, REA
's Chief Executive Gaynor Hartnell said;
"We are delighted with today's announcement on hydro as it made no sense to exclude older mills and turbines given the bespoke nature of hydro projects. This announcement will breathe useful life back into thousands of schemes all over the UK, and will attract visitors keen to learn about renewables."
Gaynor also noted Minister Greg Barker's assertion that 'Feed-in Tariffs are here to stay', saying:
"It's hugely encouraging that Greg Barker gets the decentralised nature of renewable energy and the need to secure expansion through long-term stable support. Now he's addressed refurbished hydro, we hope we can persuade him that biomass and deep Geothermal should also be included in the FIT schemes."