Scottish Government ‘concerned’ about UK wind decision

The Scottish Government is “concerned” that DECC’s decision to support onshore wind is only guaranteed until 2014. The comment follows Energy Secretary Ed Davey’s announcement yesterday that the UK Government […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Scottish Government is “concerned” that DECC’s decision to support onshore wind is only guaranteed until 2014.

The comment follows Energy Secretary Ed Davey’s announcement yesterday that the UK Government will provide support at a level of 0.9 of a Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC), which are subsidies given to energy stations for the amount of renewable electricity they generate.

It could change after 2014, however, as DECC will be launching an evidence session on onshore wind industry costs later this year.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said the onshore wind sector needs certainty for investment decisions.

He said: “I welcome the UK Government’s decision to follow Scotland’s lead and set its own onshore wind band at 0.9 ROCS, but I am concerned at the UK Government’s decision to only set this band for one year, until 2014, pending the outcome of yet another review.

“I am concerned that the UK Government’s explicit statement about another and immediate review of onshore wind costs will not dispel the uncertainty for the industry and investors that recent speculation has been allowed to create.”

The Scottish Government announced its support earlier this week, which will be guaranteed for the next four years.