If you've been following the news today, you might have caught a scary story about cuts to government support for wind and solar power.
The news has got a few people worried about what this means for their home solar panels and community energy projects like Solar Schools, and the good news is that these changes aren't nearly as bad as today's stories suggest.
Long story short, the government has spun the story to make a modest subsidy tweak look like a major attack on renewable energy, presumably to get the anti renewables lobby off their backs.
Here's a couple of key points that have mostly been missed in the media reports:
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Remember the Energy Bill we wrote about a few weeks ago? After coming up a few votes short in the Commons, we hoped the House of Lords would add a strong clean power target for 2030.
Sadly the amendment didn’t pass (it was another very near miss), which means the target is off the table till 2016. We're really disappointed, but the Lord's did give us a small consolation prize. They voted to close a loophole that had exempted old coal power stations from cutting their greenhouse gas emissions.
So although we fell short on the target, it wasn't a total loss.
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Good news first: the Solar Schools project is back for another year, with schools all over the country fundraising for solar panels.