FITs campaigners celebrate as judge orders hearing

Published:  19 December, 2011

LONDON: A challenge to get a judicial review of the government's plans to cut renewables subsidies has been allowed by a High Court judge.

Today Justice Mitting ordered an 'urgent hearing' following a High Court challenge over plans to cut Feed-In Tariffs (FITs).

The challenge was brought, before the central London court, by Friends of the Earth and two solar companies Solarcentury and HomeSun.

The case centres on government plans to cut feed-in tariff subsidies - payments made to households and communities that generate green electricity through solar panels - on any installations completed after Monday this week.

However the campaigners, who were initially turned down for a judicial review, will still need to convince another judge that the Government has acted 'illegally' in how it gone about cutting FITs.

The campaigners will be back in court next Tuesday and Wednesday (December 20 to 21) for the full hearing to determine if the cuts are illegal.

Solarcentury company secretary, John Faulks, said: "We are pleased, but it is only the first step of the legal challenge. The court agrees we have a case to argue and has given us permission to challenge DECC."

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said it would continue to fight the case.

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