A family-owned company with interests in renewables, mining and property is behind a legal challenge that is threatening to derail government plans for the next wave of offshore wind farms. The Banks Group, which wants to build more onshore wind turbines in Scotland, confirmed yesterday that it was behind the judicial review. It has accused the government of unlawfully discriminating against onshore farms by only offering subsidies to more expensive offshore projects. Ministers have already had to delay a competition to award the subsidies, known as contracts for difference (CFDs), to offshore projects while they try to see off the judicial review. The group claims that the exclusion of onshore wind farms from the CFD process “is against the public interest, prevents consumers from benefiting from the lower energy prices that would result from their inclusion and . . . does not comply with EU or UK law”.
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The world’s largest wind turbine blade has arrived in the UK for testing at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult facility in Northumberland.
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The value of the taxpayers’ stake in the mothballed BiFab fabrication yards has been slashed by £13m. BiFab’s yards in Methil and Burntisland are currently mothballed as they battle to secure work on a £2bn offshore wind farm off Fife. Figures have emerged showing the Scottish government loaned BiFab £19m in 2017-18 and then converted this into shares in the loss-making business. But Audit Scotland has ruled this equity stake is now only worth £6m. Details of the loans to BiFab only go up to the end of March last year and the Scottish government declined a request from BBC Scotland to clarify the total amount invested in BiFab to date. The Scottish government pointed out the loans were used to try and secure the yards’ future when hundreds of jobs were at stake.
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The wind farm which contributed to a massive blackout was awarded nearly £100,000 in compensation after being ordered to reduce its output the day immediately after the power cut, the Telegraph can reveal. Nearly one million homes and businesses were left without electricity last Friday when Hornsea Wind Farm and Little Barford gas-fired station went off grid within minutes of each other. After getting back online, National Grid ordered Hornsea to reduce the electricity it supplied the network on Saturday night and Sunday morning entitling its owners, Orsted, to compensation.
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