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Renewables Obligation closed 'without discussion' say Scotland and Wales

The devolved Scottish and Welsh Governments have both written to ministers in Whitehall to complain about the early closure of the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme.

Both letters allege that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) did not discuss the regime changes, and the removal of financial support is likely to cause disruption to community energy projects.

They say that many projects, both private and community owned, are unsure about the effect this will have on their futures.

Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing said: “There are many communities who have invested significant amounts of money in renewables schemes and have now found the goal posts have been moved, putting crucial investment and jobs at risk.

“We will continue to discuss with the UK Government ways that community schemes with shared ownership can be encouraged under all support schemes. In the meantime, the Scottish Government will continue to support community energy schemes using the powers available to us.”

Carl Sargeant

Welsh environment minister Carl Sargeant, left, said: “The alarming proposals by Decc will make it harder for companies to attract investment into low-carbon, renewable technologies.”

“Community energy is a key priority for both our governments, and we feel very strongly that those communities who have invested heavily, in time, money and commitment, in a cleaner energy future are deserving of this consideration.”

A number of environmental organisations, including the Green Alliance and the National Trust, recently accused the UK Government of “watering down” a total of 10 green policies including RO.

The anaerobic digestion industry has also expressed concern over a consultation on the possible removal of pre-accreditation for feed-in tariffs. The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association said that such a move would deter investors who would be uncertain about the level of Government subsidy that plants would receive until construction was complete.

In addition, the ‘grandfathering’ policy for biomass plants is being scrapped, which could result in the loss of previously assured subsidies for plants that are currently in construction.

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