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MCS consultation receives large response

UK: The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) has reported a large volume of feedback to its six-week consultation on proposals to redevelop the scheme.

The MCS says it received 106 official responses to its consultation, which closed recently. In addition, it received 187 informal responses commenting on proposals or responding to surveys. Over 50% of the respondents were installers of renewable energy and heating technologies.

The consultation also saw responses from several large, recognised organisations across the industry including the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority), Ofgem, Citizen’s Advice, industry trade bodies, and the certification bodies and consumer codes that MCS works with.

“Our proposals to redevelop our scheme represent the next step in the development of MCS and the small-scale renewables industry,” explained MCS CEO, Ian Rippin. “The changes we have consulted on reflect the large volume of feedback we receive from the sector and its consumers as to what works well and what needs to improve to give people confidence in low-carbon technology. 

“The consultation was critical to us because it is vitally important that our stakeholders have the opportunity to shape the industry and provide input into how it is managed,” he added. 

The MCS says it will be working to collate and consider the feedback before publishing a summary of responses in September. Finalised proposals to redevelop the scheme will follow with the redevelopment planned to come into effect in the second quarter of 2024.

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