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Energy Bill approved after DECC wins wind farm battle

Opposition peers sought to extend the government's grace period criteria until 31 March 2017 for wind farms that had secured planning permission before 18 June 2015 and issued legal agreements by 18 September 2015. But a final vote on the amendment was defeated by 204 votes to 109, and the amendment was subsequently withdrawn.
11 May 2016

Denmark to scrap green energy tariff

Denmark will scrap the “expensive and ineffective” tariff that has been financing renewable energy development since 1998, the government has announced. ...“The PSO tariff is expensive and ineffective. We have long believed that the rising costs are unsustainable and now it is abundantly clear that we have to find an alternative. Therefore the government is ready for a showdown over the PSO levy.” 
10 May 2016

Wind on government support

It is not possible to lie to the people forever about whether wind turbines can compete on equal footing with other forms of energy when the reality is that wind power - for the first 40 years of development - and forever after, will require billions in direct and indirect support.
26 Apr 2016

MPs to scrap subsidies plan for new onshore wind farms

The idea to end the renewables obligation (RO) early is included within the Energy Bill, which received an unopposed third reading from MPs and will return to the Lords for further scrutiny. ...Alongside changes to subsidies, the Bill also seeks to give people the final say on new onshore wind development applications in their area.
15 Mar 2016

Government vows to end new public subsidies for onshore wind farms

Conservative MP and former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said: “There is no place for subsidising wind – a failed medieval technology which during the coldest day of the year so far produced only 0.75 per cent of the electricity load.” A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: “To be absolutely clear, there is no change whatsoever to our commitment to end new onshore wind subsidies.”
15 Feb 2016

After years of growth, renewable-energy investors pull back from Europe

Spain, the U.K., Italy and others have cut incentives for renewable-energy projects, citing efforts to reduce government spending and electricity rates during a period of economic turmoil. In turn, the number of new projects receiving approval has fallen as investors turn away from an industry that offered the assurance of steady, government-backed profits.
4 Feb 2016

Julian Sturdy: Ill wind blows if we keep paying turbine subsidies

Any visitor to our picturesque countryside around Yorkshire can see for themselves that we have taken more than our fair share of wind turbines. I have first-hand experience of fighting plans for entirely inappropriate wind farms around York. Every single time it was the developers who were trying to impose their turbines on local communities who simply did not want them.
27 Jan 2016

Wind farm subsidy plan to be scrapped

The Government’s original Energy Bill set out provisions to get rid of the subsidies from April of this year - a year earlier than planned. However, that element of the proposed legislation was successfully scrapped by peers. But introducing the Bill for its second reading in the House of Commons, the Energy Secretary said it will be put back in.
19 Jan 2016

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Europe&p=2&topic=Taxes+%26+Subsidies
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