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Why has the UK government chosen to close down subsidies for onshore wind a year early?

Phil Foster of Love Energy Savings explains

The UK government well and truly hit the headlines this month with regard to its decision to close the Renewables Obligation (RO) a year early, announced by the new Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd. The RO is the main subsidy scheme providing funding for renewable energy infrastructure over 5 MW. The previous coalition government had already made provision for its replacement in 2017 by Contracts for Difference (CfD) but now the government has brought the closure forward, amid accusations of influence from senior, climate-sceptic Tories opposed to renewable energy. The closure of the RO in such a manner would hit Scotland particularly, it has been claimed, and there are also widespread accusations that it would damage investor confidence and severely harm the country’s ability to establish a low-carbon economy.

In order to get some clarity on the subject, REM asked Phil Foster of Love Energy Savings why the government would do this. Here’s what he had to say.


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