One of Scotland’s biggest energy providers has warned onshore wind development will come to a standstill if the UK government does not offer an urgent commitment to its future. Scottish Power says no new framework has been created for wind farms for when subsidies come to an end in April. The company is involved in a “wind-rush” to build turbines before the Renewables Obligation is scrapped. Under the Renewables Obligation scheme – due to come to an end for all onshore wind projects in April 2017 – UK electricity suppliers get a subsidy for agreeing to source an increasing proportion of the electricity they supply from renewable sources. It is funded by levies added to household fuel bills. Scottish Power Renewables said it wanted agreements – known as Contracts for Difference – to be issued so firms have some security for future investments. The UK government said a commitment was made at the General Election to scrap onshore wind subsidies. But Keith Anderson, chief executive of Scottish Power Renewables, said the “support” he was urging did not mean “subsidy”. He told BBC Scotland: “What we are asking for for onshore wind is a level playing field.
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The head of Scottish Power has today warned that the country’s 10-year wind-farm gold rush is over, and says onshore Scots wind farms need the UK Govt to ‘create a level playing field’ if it is to have a future.
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