Government puts early RO closure for onshore wind back into Energy Bill
MPs have voted to reinsert, into the Energy Bill, the government’s provisions for closing the Renewables Obligation (RO) to new onshore wind projects from this April. The provisions had been deleted from the proposed legislation by opposition Peers as the Bill passed through the Lords last year. Speaking during a committee hearing on the bill on Tuesday 2 February, energy minister Andrea Leadsom said the government had been elected with a clear manifesto commitment to end new subsidies for onshore wind and to allow local people to have the final say on the location of new projects. Only by closing the RO early would the government be able to protect consumers from the cost of rising levels of deployment, she said.