Renewables Sector Left Reeling After Government’s Latest Subsidy Cull

  • Date: 27/08/15
  • Green Click

The UK renewable energy industry has reacted with shock and anger at the latest attack by the Conservative Government to slash subsidy support through the Feed-in Tariff scheme.

Scottish Renewables described how the removal of support for some wind projects and a reduction of up to 86% for solar would “severely curtail” development.

Cuts to the Feed-in Tariff scheme, through which small renewables are funded, could also spell the end for much of Scotland’s fragile hydro sector.

As part of a comprehensive review of the FiT scheme announced this morning, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced the cuts in addition to a number of other proposals which will limit growth in small-scale green energy projects – and potentially close the scheme to new projects in early 2016.

Joss Blamire, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, which represents more than 300 green energy businesses said: “The proposals in the Comprehensive Feed-in Tariff Review are, quite simply, terrible news for homeowners, businesses, communities and those local authorities which have plans in place to develop renewable energy schemes.

“The levels of reduction in support announced today will severely curtail development of small-scale onshore wind and solar projects and endanger jobs and investments across the country.

“The cuts could also spell the end for much of the hydro industry, which has enjoyed a recent renaissance but relies more heavily on Government support because of the length of time taken to develop projects and the sector’s high capital costs.”

Mr Blamire told how renewables developed under the Feed-in Tariff scheme have brought multiple benefits – all of which are now in jeopardy.

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