The companies state that the fast track review, launched on February 7, came a year too early and goes against the government’s previous indications that no changes would be implemented before 2012. They also accuse the government of failing to announce the trigger for the early review.
The governments primary reason for launching the review – namely that there is concern about excessive deployment of large-scale installations – is also said to be unfounded and lacking in evidence.
On behalf of the group filing the claim, Mark Shorrock, CEO of Low Carbon Solar UK, said that he hoped the action will result in Huhne abandoning the fast track review, and instead work with the industry to reach a "more appropriate" solution.
The organisations and individuals behind the legal challenge are: Alectron Investments Ltd; Element Power Ltd; Juwi Renewable Energies Ltd; Lark Energy Limited; Low Carbon Solar UK Ltd; MO3 Power Ltd; Donald Anderson; Guy Anderson; Kate Kenyon; and The Green Company (Europe) Ltd.
According to a statement released by Low Carbon Solar, the application to the Court for a judicial review of the decision to undertake the review includes the following arguments: