Commons blocks lengthening of RO grace period
The House of Commons has voted down Lords amendment 7T to the Energy Bill, which would have lengthened the grace period criteria for onshore wind projects affected by the early closure of the Renewables Obligation (RO). The debate at Ping Pong stage on Wednesday 20 April saw MPs vote 293-224 to block the Labour amendment, which would have seen a one-year grace period applied for projects where the relevant planning authority had resolved to grant planning permission for a wind farm by 18 June 2015. It is estimated the amendment would have seen approximately a further 90MW qualify under the grace periods. Energy minister Andrea Leadsom urged that the bill now be completed quickly to give confidence to the wind industry.