A last-ditch attempt from the Government to get the High Court ruling overturned on its plans to slash the Feed-in Tariff for solar electricity is to be presented to the highest court in Britain for appeal today.
DECC, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, confirmed that it will lodge its appeal bid directly to the Supreme Court before the end of the week. Ministers have until next Wednesday to request an appeal.
A spokesperson representing the DECC told reporters that the appeal will be launched and newly-made Energy Secretary Ed Davey has already given the decision his backing. Apparently, an official statement will be released by the DECC later.
The Government has caused controversy by trying to overturn the High Court judge’s decision that deemed there was unlawfulness in Downing Street plans to slash the FiT rate for solar photovoltaic installations by half. The plans were revealed in December and have been challenged ever since then.
Energy Ministers have already fallen short in their relentless attempts to see the judge’s ruling officially overturned by the ruling Court of Appeal. According to sources, the DECC won’t publicise the grounds of its final Supreme Court appeal but did say that the case is relative to its decision to clash FiT from 43 pence a killowatt hour down to 21 pence for all solar PV systems that are either four kilowatts in size or below as of 12 December last year.