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Tories pursue RO wind regime

The government is targeting an early end to the Renewables Obligation (RO) regime as part of plans to “halt the spread of subsidised onshore wind farms” in the UK, Renews has reported.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) is planning to bring forward the current RO end date from March 2017 as part of a wider review of supports.

Moves to curtail the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) for onshore wind are also being considered.

“We are driving forward plans to end new public subsidy for onshore wind farms. We will shortly be publishing our plans to reform the RO and FiT scheme to implement this commitment. With the cost of supplying onshore wind falling, government subsidy is no longer appropriate,” said a DECC spokesperson.

“Changes to onshore wind support will help to deliver clean energy at the lowest cost to billpayers.”

The Conservative Party manifesto promise to cut subsidies for “new” onshore wind was included in the Queen’s Speech, although no details or timetables were provided.

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