Legal challenge takes aim at ‘illogical’ renewables support

A subsidiary of an energy and property development business has launched a legal challenge against the government’s mechanism for supporting clean power, saying it unfairly discriminates against onshore wind.

Banks Renewables announced on Thursday that it had applied for a judicial review against the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, which pays a flat rate for renewable electricity based on sealed bids to make it commercially viable for producers. 

The scheme has excluded onshore wind and solar power as ‘mature technologies’ since 2017. The current bidding window in the third round of CfD auctions has been extended to the end of August following the legal challenge.

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