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Plans for a huge wind farm in the outer Forth estuary are in doubt after the project hit a series of delays and lost a vital subsidy deal. The Neart na Gaoithe wind farm is the subject of a legal challenge by RSPB Scotland, which argues the scheme is an unacceptable threat to seabirds.
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 But a final vote on the amendment was defeated by 204 votes to 109, and the amendment was subsequently withdrawn.
Opposition peers successfully argued for an amendment to the bill, tabled by Liberal Democrat Baroness Kate Parminter, that would extend the grace period for projects that command local support and were at an advanced stage of development.
This short story has been written to counter the shameless wind propaganda that is allowed into our schools to influence young minds with no effort to show the other side.
The idea to end the renewables obligation (RO) early is a key part of the Bill, which has been backed by MPs and also seeks to give people the final say on new onshore wind development applications in their area.
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.
Ministers last night faced fresh accusations of reneging on their manifesto commitment, which made no mention of any exemption for Scottish islands and simply vowed to “halt the spread of onshore windfarms” and to “end any new public subsidy for them”.
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.”
Strong wind conditions in the early hours of Monday and Tuesday morning threatened to overwhelm the grid with more subsidised power than needed, forcing National Grid to offer lucrative payouts of between £58 and £115 per MWh to turn the turbines off.
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.