Renewable Energy

Renewables industry fears over future of wind farms and subsidies


The UK's renewable energy sector issued a plea yesterday for the new Conservative government to send an early signal that it was serious about supporting low-carbon energy. RenewableUK said the sector is concerned about the future of onshore wind development and that solar, hydro and other low-carbon technologies could see further cuts to financial support. There are expectations that the new government will champion shale gas developments. The Conservatives' manifesto pledged 'to halt the spread of onshore wind farms'. Although it is not clear when subsidies for new land-based turbines will be scrapped, an announcement is expected soon. Tom Burke, chairman of the E3G sustainable development charity, claimed here was a distinct possibility that the Department of Energy and Climate Change could be scrapped. It is understood discussions have taken place in Whitehall in recent months about hiving off the energy part of DECC into another department, such as Business, Innovation and Skills, and putting the climate change function into the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs. Candidates to be the next energy secretary include former energy and business minister Matt Hancock, ex-climate minister Amber Rudd and Nick Hurd, the former civil society minister.


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