The state government is running an inquiry into solar feed-in tariffs. According to the DPI website, “The inquiry will assess existing feed-in tariff arrangements, and will assist in determining what fair and cost-effective mechanisms can encourage the community to generate renewable energy in the future.”
The inquiry is being run by the Victorian Competition & Efficiency Commission (VCEC). The VCEC website states:
The terms of reference ask the Commission to assess the design, efficiency and effectiveness of feed-in tariffs, recommend whether existing feed-in tariffs should be continued, phased-out or amended and identify barriers to the development of a network of distributed renewable and low emission generation in Victoria.
An issues paper will be released in the near future describing the scope of the inquiry, the information the Commission is seeking, and outlining the process and timetable for the inquiry.
We’ll keep an eye on this with a view to making submissions, and we encourage readers to do so as well. Well-designed feed-in tariffs have played an important role in increasing the amount of solar power in the grid in many countries.