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Scottish and Welsh ministers urge UK Government to support renewable energy

A joint letter signed by ministers from Scotland and Wales has called for the UK Government to open discussion into its support for renewable energy, CleanTechnica has reported.

Announced back in June, the UK Government stated that it will cease allowing onshore wind farms access to the country’s main renewables subsidy scheme, starting on April 1, 2016.

The Renewables Obligation Scheme came into effect in England, Wales, and Scotland in 2002, and in Northern Ireland in 2005, and “places an obligation on UK electricity suppliers to source an increasing proportion of the electricity they supply from renewable sources.”

A month later the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that it had removed subsidies for other renewables, and begun consultation on controlling subsidies for solar projects 5 MW and under.

The DECC also hinted at the possibility it would begin modifying the country’s Feed-in Tariff program for renewables.

Several weeks following, energy secretary Amber Rudd gave her first official speech at the Aviva climate change conference. BSRIA said the messages made by Ms Rudd, especially those centering on the ending of and reliance on subsidies for energy saving schemes, were worrying.

The letter comes at the same time as a new community wind energy project has been given the green light to begin construction, after raising £1.43m out of the necessary £1.8m target.

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