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(PS-30: Press Report on New Turbine Subsidies)
Taxpayer subsidy for wind farms to end a year early as locals get the right to veto new turbines near their homes
- Tory government aces subsidies for onshore wind farms from April 2016
- Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said: ‘We’ve got enough wind energy’
- Government surveys show 65% of people support onshore turbines
Taxpayer subsidies for wind farms are to be axed a year early with local people given chance to block turbines near their homes.
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd today said ‘we’ve got enough wind energy’ as she promised to end new public subsidies for onshore developments.
But the Scottish government immediately threatened a legal challenge to the decision, claiming it will have a ‘disproportionate impact’ north of the border.
Taxpayer subsidies for wind farms are to be axed a year early with local people given chance to block turbines near their homes
During the election campaign, the Conservatives promised to ‘halt the spread of onshore wind farms’.
David Cameron warned they often fail to win public support and are unable by themselves to provide the energy capacity that the country needs.
The Tory manifesto proposed to ‘end any new public subsidy for them and change the law so that local people have the final say on windfarm applications’.
However environmental campaigners and some in the renewable energy industry have criticised the Conservatives for attacking the cheapest form of clean energy.
Government surveys suggest onshore wind farms are supported by 65 per cent of people. But Miss Rudd told Sky News: ‘People who actually live near them aren’t so happy. Generally people in the country like them, but living right next to them isn’t so good.
‘But the fact is I think we’ve got enough wind energy and there are other sources of renewable energy that we need to use our precious money to support.
‘So it’s a question of getting that balance right, balancing between making our targets and doing it in the most cost-effective way.’ –
Under the plans, the ‘renewables obligation’ scheme, through which subsidies are paid to renewable schemes, will be closed to onshore wind farms from April 1, 2016.
There will be a grace period offered to projects that already have planning consent, a grid connection offer and acceptance and evidence that the scheme has the right to use the land.
This could allow up to 5.2 gigawatts (GW) of wind capacity to go ahead – potentially leading to hundreds more wind turbines going up in the countryside across the UK.
The renewables obligation has already been closed to large scale solar farms, amid Tory concerns that the technology was a blight on the landscape, and is due to close to all new renewables schemes in 2017.
A new system for subsidies for low carbon energy, known as ‘contracts for difference’ is being brought in, and it is not clear whether new onshore wind farms will be eligible for the scheme in the future, though it is believed to be unlikely they will.
More than £800 million of subsidies – which are paid for through consumer bills – helped onshore wind generate 5 per cent of the UK’s total electricity last year, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said/
But Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP threatened to take the UK Government to court over the decision to end subsidies.
He said: ‘The decision by the UK Government to end the Renewables Obligation next year is deeply regrettable and will have a disproportionate impact on Scotland as around 70 per cent of onshore wind projects in the UK planning system are here.
‘This announcement goes further than what had been previously indicated. It is not the scrapping of a ‘new’ subsidy that was promised but a reduction of an existing regime – and one under which companies and communities have already planned investment.
‘Onshore wind is already the lowest cost of all low carbon options, as well the vital contribution it makes towards tackling climate change, which means it should be the last one to be scrapped, curtailed or restricted.’
Government surveys suggest onshore wind farms are supported or strongly supported by 65 per cent of people
WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: ‘This decision risks undermining the development of the cheapest form of renewables in the country, and is bad news for Scotland’s clean energy ambitions.
‘Cutting support early for the lowest cost renewable technology is a backward step that will either see bills rise or climate targets missed.
‘Opinion polls consistently show onshore wind to be one of the most popular forms of electricity, generating thousands of jobs across Scotland and helping to cut our carbon emissions.
‘We urge the UK Government to rethink its plans to end early its support for onshore wind.’
Greenpeace UK energy and climate campaigner Daisy Sands said: ‘Ministers have just moved to raise everyone’s energy bills by blocking the cheapest form of clean power, whilst continuing to back the impossibly expensive Hinkley C and going ‘all out’ for unpopular, risky, and unproven fracking.
‘Even if this omnishambles of an energy policy survives the many legal challenges threatened against it, it will send a clear message to international investors that the UK government is willing to wreck our power sector to please their most ideological backbenchers. This mistake will cost the UK dearly.‘
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