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Microgeneration

Government is committed to tackling the barriers currently preventing widespread take-up of low carbon distributed energy, and are doing much to support microgeneration, including:

  • The Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 1 and 2, an £86m capital grant scheme for microgeneration technologies
  • Helping microgenerators gain easier access to Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) and rewards for electricity exported to the grid
  • We have recently confirmed our intention for all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016 with a major progressive tightening of the energy efficiency building regulations - by 25% in 2010 and by 44% in 2013 - up to the zero carbon target in 2016
  • Household microgeneration installations which have little or no impact beyond the host property will be permitted development (ie removing the need for specific planning consent)
  • The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) provides consumers with independent certification of microgeneration products and installers, together with a consumer Code of Practice, to ensure that consumer complaints are handled properly
  • The Energy Saving Trust: Act on CO2 advice service includes microgeneration alongside other carbon saving information and advice for householders including energy efficiency, transport, water and waste

Microgeneration Strategy

The Microgeneration Strategy was launched in 2006 with the objective of creating the conditions under which microgeneration becomes a realistic alternative or supplementary energy generation source for the householder, the community and small business.

A progress report was published in June, showing that many of the barriers in the strategy have now been addressed.  The report is available below:

Research

Microgeneration research was recently commissioned by a consortium comprising of BERR, RDA’s, NGO’s and elements of the microgeneration industry to provide a robust evidence base to inform the future direction of microgeneration policy. The research investigates consumer behaviour and the impact of various policy options on demand, models future uptake of microgeneration to 2050, and considers the likely impact of targets on uptake.

BERR commissioned research to assess the potential contribution toward the UK’s 2020 renewable energy targets from on-site wind turbines and photovoltaics in existing building stock in the non-domestic sector, encompassing small systems linked to individual buildings to large systems installed in commercial developments:

For more information about microgeneration technologies and about generating your own energy, see the following webpages:

For more information about how Government is supporting distributed low carbon energy, see the following BERR webpages:

If you have any further questions relating to microgeneration, then please email: micro.generation@berr.gsi.gov.uk.