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Calls for the government to cease publishing inaccurate deployment stats

by LLB Reporter
26th Sep 19 11:32 am

On Thursday the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its latest figures on solar PV deployment in the UK. The figures have been deemed inaccurate by the STA as the methodology for data collection relies on subsidy schemes that are no longer in operation, including the Feed-in Tariff, which was drawn to a close at the end of March this year.

The STA is calling on BEIS to cease publishing these inaccurate statistics, and to swiftly implement the recommendations of the Energy Data Taskforce, which includes introducing a generation asset registration system, to enable truly accurate monitoring of solar PV and battery storage deployment.

STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said; “Understanding the exact make-up of our energy system is a vital step on the road to Net Zero. The energy sector will not be able to fully decarbonise unless it is certain of which forms of generation are contributing to the grid.

“We need all assets to be registered and publicly catalogued as set out under the recommendations of the Energy Data Taskforce. Until this happens, BEIS must cease publishing statistics which are missing significant portions of capacity such as large-scale commercial and industrial rooftop PV installations, as these are too large to be captured by MCS registration.”

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