Energy Bill passes without onshore wind amendments

Government proposals to axe onshore wind subsidies a year earlier than planned have passed into law despite strong opposition from peers and the renewables industry

Early loss of subsidies and localised planning decisions are drastically reducing interest in low cost onshore wind. Photograph: Leeavison/123RFThe bitterly contested Energy Bill axing onshore wind subsidies a year earlier has finally been approved by parliament.

The bill was introduced last July and cleared its final hurdle on 10 May, following an extensive series of delays and mostly unsuccessful amendments as it was shunted between both houses. Just two days later, it received Royal Assent to become the Energy Act

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