The government green light for onshore wind subsidies – as long as they are on the island

The government agreed to change the rules of his plans for the subsidization of renewable energy sources to support land-based wind energy projects that are built on remote Islands.

The new law appeared after many years in the industry there is a need to free an island of wind-energy projects from the Government’s crackdown on ground-based wind developments on the grounds that they are more similar to their marine counterparts, which do not qualify for subsidies.

Mode tweak will allow developers including exam and edf energy to compete for support to develop offshore wind power and heat from biomass and power plants for a share of the £557m funding pot at auction next spring.

Emma Pinchbeck, of renewableuk, welcomes the Government’s confirmation that the island wind will be included in the next auction for contracts for renewable energy.

“Island wind, and other renewable energy popular with the public and is an internal form of pure energy,” she said.

“The government also said that it is considering termination of the effective ban on land-based wind in other parts of the UK who want this, because it is the cheapest form of new power,” she added.

Energy Minister Claire Perry


Energy Ministers have opened a consultation of industry in the end of last year to test the island offer wind and found that this step was “broad support” for the economic benefits the projects can bring to distant lands the UK.

The project will also require better transmission of power, which will benefit local residents and other prospective energy projects, driven by wave and tidal power technology.

“Based on the responses received, the government intends the legislation to distinguish between remote island the wind out of the other onshore wind projects to give them the opportunity to compete,” – said in the government.

New projects onshore wind on the mainland of great Britain has banned applying for grants after the conservative General election Manifesto of the party was expelled larger turbines for England, but reaffirmed support for projects on the Scottish Islands and offshore.

A sharp reduction in the cost of offshore wind energy has galvanized the calls to support the onshore wind to help reduce energy bills.

Energy Ministers Richard Harrington and Claire Perry as told to delegates at the conservative party conference last year that new onshore wind projects could return to play the role of in energy balance only if their costs are competitive and they enlist the support of local communities.