Renewable Energy Projects on the Decline
Posted on: 23/07/2015

The official figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate change have revealed that planning applications for renewable energy projects are at a five year low.

The report stated that only 21 new submissions of this sort were made, a substantial 78% drop in comparison to the same time last year.

Furthermore if all of these 21 applications are successful they will produce a mere 185MW of energy, 56MW of which is from the extension of the Gordonbush onshore wind farm which is likely to be withdrawn by operator SSE.

The full report details a year-on-year fall in energy capacity in planned renewable energy projects, which leaves the UK vulnerable in their ability to reach their 15% target for consumption from renewable energy.

Green campaigners have blamed the Government for such declines, largely due to the failure to provide adequate investment to renewable energy projects. Ministers are currently looking at focusing green subsidies elsewhere such as on research and development of low carbon technologies- this has been confirmed by Minister Andrea Leadsom in regards to the current Spending Review.

Furthermore, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has indicated that the onshore wind industry will be unable to access payments through the governments Contracts for Difference (CfD) Programme.

The Chair of the Parliament’s Energy and Climate Change Committee Angus Macneil MP, responded to this in saying: “It is deeply worrying that the Secretary of State has said that onshore wind will not be able to access the Government’s guaranteed price Contracts for Difference.

“Onshore wind remains the cheapest form of clean power and consumers may get less new capacity installed for their money if energy levies are used to fund more expensive forms of low carbon power.

“It is particularly concerning given that the Department admitted in the same hearing that on our present path there could be a shortfall in meeting the fourth carbon budget in the 2020s. To meet these vital medium-term targets our clean energy industry needs to be making investment decisions in the next five years.”

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