Established renewables to compete for subsidies, DECC confirms

Electricity market reform will pitch onshore wind against solar farms in the scramble for subsidies. But confusion remains over whether converted coal plants burning biomass will also have to compete

Large onshore wind, solar photovoltaic (PV), hydro and energy-from-waste (EfW) projects will vie for subsidies in future, DECC has confirmed in a consultation published on 16 January.

The intention to introduce competition for established renewable technologies as part of the forthcoming contracts for difference (CfD) subsidy scheme was announced late last year.

This replaces original electricity market reform proposals to allocate subsidies to all renewables on a 'first come first served' basis.

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