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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.
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.
UK onshore wind farm projects worth £1bn have now been scrapped or put on hold by RWE Innogy following recent policy changes, the German energy giant has disclosed.
After a series of constitutional rows, the tensions between the government and the upper chamber will reach a new flashpoint as the energy secretary, Amber Rudd, presses ahead with a scheme to end subsidies for new onshore windfarms.
Mr Cameron said subsidies for renewable energy had to be limited because they put up fuel bills. He said: “Every single subsidy that is given to these technologies is extra money that we put on to people’s bills, making their energy more expensive.
He said the move would lower customer bills, saving an average of £30 a year for 24m households. But it is also the latest sign that he is prioritising affordability over attempts to cut emissions. ...The decision to cut the scheme, known as the “energy company obligation”, was one of a series of measures announced by the chancellor aimed at reducing the costs of the government’s renewable energy schemes.
Wind and solar farms will be forced to pay for the extra costs they impose on the UK’s electricity system as a result of their intermittent nature, Amber Rudd, the energy secretary has announced. Renewable generators will be held "responsible for the pressures they add to the system when the wind does not blow or the sun does not shine".
Britain will no longer pursue green energy at all costs and will instead make keeping the lights on the top priority, Amber Rudd, the energy secretary, will vow this week. Households already face paying over-the-odds for energy for years to come as a result of expensive subsidies handed out to wind and solar farms by her Labour and Lib Dem predecessors, Ms Rudd will warn.
Energy companies have warned that subsidy cuts will prevent them from replacing old wind farms as almost 1,000 turbines approach the end of their lives over the next decade.
It means that those trying to build schemes such as small-scale hydros or small wind turbines, only have a few weeks to attract investors before they lose out on the promise of 50 per cent or 30 per cent tax relief on their stake.
The bill will return to the House of Commons, where the government is likely to reinsert the clause, Clark predicted. However, Ministers may have to include a number of concessions relating to the grace period conditions and planning permission to ensure it passes in the House of Lords at the next reading.
But despite industry outcry at the changes, official impact assessments reveal most of these turbines were not expected to get built in time for the original 2017 closure of the scheme anyway. Just 200 megawatts – about 80 turbines or fewer – have actually been blocked as a result of the early closure, the Department of Energy and Climate Change estimates.
In the UK this August, two massive offshore wind developments were thrown into tumult. ...The Crown Estate plans to have at least 10 GW of offshore wind capacity in the water by 2020. Industry observers aren’t as optimistic, pointing out that the UK’s new Conservative government has announced plans to end its renewables obligation support for onshore wind by April 2016
Another wind farm planned on Bassetlaw land has bitten the dust after the Government pulled a subsidy scheme from under developers. Plans for six turbines on land near Saundby that many residents feared would over-industrialise the Trentside landscape have now been shelved.
Householders planning to install solar panels will receive 87pc less in subsidy payments as ministers attempt to halt a £1.5bn overspend on renewable energy. The Government consultation published today follows the recent axing of a £540 million taxpayer-funded scheme, the Green Deal, which gave out loans and cash for energy-efficient home improvements.
Lights could be dimmed and kettles take longer to boil under a future National Grid reliant on wind powered technology. Trials have been held in the North-West of England, which has seen the voltage to homes turned down at periods when the breeze dies down.
The danger for investors is that the Green Investment Bank could lose any political advantages it may have once the government has sold out—leaving them open to the same political whims on subsidies and planning as everyone else.
The Green Deal was launched by the previous coalition government to encourage people to borrow money to make the UK’s notoriously draughty homes more energy efficient. ...But take-up has been low amid concerns that the programme was overly complicated and the interest rates charged for loans were too high.
“We can’t have a situation where industry has a blank check, and that check is paid for by people’s bills”
Government announcement on the future of customer-funded subsidies for wind farms and solar power expected within days, as ministers seek to rein in soaring costs