Introduction to Feed-in Tariffs

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Helping to achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

The Climate Change Act 2008 set a legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050. As one of a number of measures to help achieve this target, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has used powers in the Energy Act 2008 to introduce a system of Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) to incentivise small scale low carbon electricity generation.

This guide aims to inform social landlords, housebuilders and all those who wish to understand the scheme and its implications. The content of this publication is currently under review following publication of Government consultation documents that propose changes to the tariffs.

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