Ministers bear down on onshore wind subsidies

Posted On: 
18th June 2015

The Government is bringing forward plans to end subsidies for onshore wind farms and toughen planning requirements on new developments. 

Subsidies for onshore wind turbines will end from April 2016, a year earlier than anticipated.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said the UK has “enough subsidised projects in the pipeline to meet... renewable energy commitments”.

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“I don’t think this can come as a surprise to the industry,” Ms Rudd told the Today programme, pointing out the Tory manifesto had pledged to end subsidies early.

The Scottish Government has suggested it could seek a judicial review of the policy, describing it as "costly" and "irrational". 

The Government has also said new wind farm developments must be part of councils’ ‘local plan’ for areas in order to gain planning approval.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said: “We are today delivering on our commitment to give local people the final say over onshore wind farm applications.”