Articles filed under Taxes & Subsidies from UK

Fight on for wind power subsidies

After conducting technical studies, the energy department proposed a subsidy cut of 10% for power from onshore wind. But the chancellor is under pressure from back-benchers to scrap subsidies, and is said to favour a 25% cut. The industry body, Renewable UK, says it may take legal action if the government makes a decision that overrides its own technical evidence.
5 Jul 2012

George Osborne demands massive cuts to windfarm subsidies

The Observer has learned that George Osborne is demanding cuts of 25% in subsidies, a reduction the industry says would "kill dead" the development of wind power sites. The Treasury's stance has put the chancellor at loggerheads with the Liberal Democrat energy secretary Ed Davey, whose party strongly supports more renewable energy.
2 Jun 2012

Anti-wind power MPs may have Cameron's backing

The attractions of the "anti-wind" letter are emphasised by the apparent difficulty in organising a counter-demonstration of support. Heaton-Harris took just three days to collect his signatures; weeks later, nobody has got an equal number of MPs to sign support for onshore wind - although a group of pro-renewable interests is mustering backing from more predictable interests, including renewable companies and environmental campaigners.
26 Feb 2012

Wind industry's extensive lobbying to preserve subsidies and defeat local resistance to turbines

"The government's own data shows that in spite of its unpopularity the wind industry is in fact having an easy time in planning, with the vast majority of schemes being forced on unwilling local populations. "Very high subsidy levels have resulted in an overheated market and a rush of development that is inappropriate and environmentally damaging, as well as being extremely expensive for the consumer."
12 Feb 2012

Solar subsidies to be cut by half

But consultancy PwC argued that the deep fast cuts proposed by the government were better than the risk of a bubble which would lead to over capacity in the short-term, followed by cuts later, which would mean sharper job losses. "A deep and fast cut in Fits will be required to protect the UK solar industry from stalling or creating a market bubble.
30 Oct 2011

Cut looms for wind turbines in subsidy switch

Scottishpower is planning to pull the plug on more than 1,000 onshore wind turbines if the Westminster government cuts millions of pounds of subsidy from the industry. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched a review of taxpayer-funded subsidies that is expected to lead to the payments being switched to giant offshore wind farms.
28 Aug 2011

The aristocrats cashing in on Britain's wind farm subsidies

An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph reveals how generous subsidies - that are added to consumer energy bills - are encouraging hereditary landowners to build turbines up to 410ft tall on their land. With controversy over onshore wind farms growing, the role of the landed establishment in fuelling the 'scramble for wind' will alarm opponents.
21 Aug 2011

The Thanet wind farm will milk us of billions

A far more significant omission from the media reports, however, was any mention of the colossal subsidies this wind farm will earn. Wind energy is subsidised through the system of Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs), unwittingly paid for by all of us through our electricity bills. Our electricity supply companies are obliged to buy offfshore wind energy at three times its normal price, so that each kilowatt hour of electricity receives a 200 per cent subsidy of £100.
25 Sep 2010

Climate Change Act has the biggest ever bill

One of the best-kept secrets of British politics - although it is there for all to see on a Government website - is the cost of what is by far the most expensive piece of legislation ever put through Parliament. Every year between now and 2050, acccording to Ed Miliband's Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc), the Climate Change Act is to cost us all up to £18.3 billion - £760 for every household in the country - as we reduce our carbon emissions by 80 per cent.
4 Apr 2010

Wind farm subsidies top £1 billion a year

Britain's energy policy faces new controversy as it can be revealed that electricity customers are paying more than £1 billion a year to subsidise windfarms and other forms of renewable energy. ...It means that renewable energy added an an estimated £13.50 to the average household electricity bill last year. An additional burden fell on industrial users of electricity, who in turn passed on costs to their customers.
23 Jan 2010
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