I often get asked, “why use biomass for energy when it is more expensive than other renewables?”
The Secretary of State for Scotland is being urged to put pressure on his colleagues in Westminster to remove the premium faced by renewables developments north of the border.
An energy firm has welcomed backing for its plans for a 250ft wind turbine.
Confidence in the UK’s onshore wind sector has been further hit by hints that Westminster may remove the technology from the Government’s new competitive auction process, a renewables body has warned. Niall Stuart, chief executive of trade body Scottish Renewables, said wind being blocked from the Contracts for Difference (CFD) scheme “would result in a massive and dramatic decline in development”. Scottish Renewables revealed that, when asked whether onshore wind projects could access the new CFD auction, UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd had told the House of Commons: “In respect of contracts for difference, we would be implementing the terms of our manifesto”. This announcement came less than a week after Ms Rudd announced the early closure of the Renewables Obligation scheme, imperilling 250 onshore wind projects. Speaking at his organisation’s Onshore Wind Conference in Edinburgh yesterday, Mr Stuart said: “Yesterday’s announcement serves to further undermine the confidence of Scotland’s onshore wind industry.
Unions have warned of “radical” changes in the energy industry over the next few years, leading to job losses after German giant E.ON announced re-structuring of its business. The firm said it will focus on renewables, including wind and solar, along with distribution networks and its customer business. E.ON, one of the Big Six energy firms, said it wanted to respond to the “dramatically altered global energy markets”.