An onshore wind company is taking legal action against the Government in a row over how it auctions off contracts to support low-carbon energy production. Banks Renewables, which develops onshore wind farms, has applied for judicial review and claims that the auction rules discriminate against onshore wind projects. Onshore wind is the cheapest renewable energy source in the UK, providing 10pc of the country’s electricity, but providers are blocked from taking Government subsidies and banned from competing in the state-backed clean energy contract auctions. The auctions relate to contracts under which the state guarantees developers of low-carbon energy projects a fixed price for their electricity. Durham-based Banks Renewables, part of Banks Group which runs coal mines in the UK, said that the exclusion of fully consented onshore wind farms from the auction process was “against the public interest [and] prevents consumers from benefiting from the lower energy prices that would result from their inclusion”.
Telegraph 16th Aug 2019 read more »