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Minister considers fixed prices for home power

British energy minister Malcolm Wicks has indicated that the government would consider a fixed price tariff to encourage small scale on-site renewables and micro generation. Giving evidence for the energy bill, Wicks admitted that existing incentives for household renewables generation may not be enough. The Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform will be looking afresh at the issue as part of a new strategy due out for consultation in summer, he said. This will examine how the UK is to meet its share of the EU's new 20% renewables target for 2020. It has been set a goal of 15% and has further to go to meet it than any other EU member. Renewables will play a major role. "We are open to considering any proposals to boost micro generation, including a feed-in tariff arrangement. I want to look at all the options," said Wicks. But he added: "I want make it clear that that fresh look at micro generation is not at all about challenging the mainstream renewables obligation, which we think is fit for purpose."

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