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Plans to charge businesses who generate their own electricity scrapped by States of Jersey

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An attempt to charge businesses who generate their own electricity has been scrapped by States of Jersey.

Jersey Electricity Company (JEC) introduced new fees for companies which use electricity from their own renewable sources, but keep energy from the JEC as a back up.

The 'stand-by' charges began in November for companies with solar panels and wind turbines.

After fears this would harm the development of the green energy sector in the island, States members voted to scrap the charges.

Today's decision also commits the next States - after May's election - to review the existing Electricity Law from 1937.

They will also be required to review targets for renewable energy.

Deputy Carolyn Labey of Grouville also called for formal regulation of the energy market. However, these plans were dismissed due to high costs.