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Court rejects govt FIT appeal - 25/01/2012

The Court of Appeal has upheld December's High Court verdict that declared the government's plans to cut Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) were unlawful, which may be of interest to people looking to get cheap electricity from renewable energy sources.

Last month, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) had pledged to fight the previous ruling, but a hearing this morning (January 25th) rejected that appeal, while also refusing the government permission to take the matter to the Supreme Court.

The legal challenge against the FIT plans was led by Friends of the Earth, Solarcentury and HomeSun, who successfully argued the decision to slash the rates before a public consultation closed was illegal.

Commenting on today's decision, chief executive of HomeSun Daniel Green welcomed the "decisive ruling" that the government may not make retroactive changes to the FIT scheme.

"Both this appeal and the Judicial Review in the High Court would not have been required had DECC simply followed its own process and allowed the industry, that it claims to support, time to prepare for a lower Feed-in Tariff," he continued.

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