News - Renewables Obligation to close early whilst Pope calls for end to fossil fuel use
UK Government closes the door early on Renewables Obligation whilst the Pope calls for better global stewardship and an end to fossil fuel use.
The UK Government under David Cameron has announced the early closure of the Renewables Obligation (RO). Primary legislation will be brought forward to close the RO to new onshore wind projects from 1 April 2016.
It is now expected that some onshore wind projects which were to start generating power later in 2016 /2017 will either fail to be built or will struggle.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd said: “So we are driving forward our commitment to end new onshore wind subsidies and give local communities the final say over any new windfarms. Onshore wind is an important part of our energy mix and we now have enough subsidised projects in the pipeline to meet our renewable energy commitments”.
The UK Government press release states ‘DECC will look at options to continue support for community energy projects, as part of the Feed-in Tariff Review later this year.’
A Community Energy Scotland spokesman said ‘The statement suggests that local communities will have a stronger voice when challenging commercial on-shore wind developments, which is what some Tory backbenchers who are against on shore wind farms were demanding. The new policy to close the RO scheme early will not favour communities which need the security of Renewable Obligation funding to allow them to construct their own wind projects in their own communities.’
Meanwhile in Rome, Pope Francis has issued a serious and comprehensive encyclical about how humankind should improve our collective stewardship of the planet. Adverse effects of climate change impact most on the World’s poor people.
The Pontiff said ‘This home of ours is being ruined and that damages everyone, especially the poor,” he said at his weekly general audience on Wednesday. “Mine is an appeal for responsibility … I ask everyone to receive this document with an open spirit.’
A Community Energy Scotland spokesman said ‘His Holiness Pope Francis was keen to state that the continued use of fossil fuels and indifference in developed countries needed to be challenged. The culture of consumption must come to an end.’
Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings tweets at
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UK Government Press Release on early end to Renewables Obligation at this link
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