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Britain to scrap all new onshore wind subsidies from April 1, 2016

19 June 2015

Britain will scrap all new subsidies for onshore wind farms from April 1, 2016, the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said on June 18. The government will close the Renewable Obligation support scheme to new onshore wind farms, the department said.

However, up to 5.2 gigawatts of onshore wind capacity projects that already have planning consent, grid connection deals and land rights could be eligible for grace periods, it added.

Last year, state subsidies of £800 million helped onshore wind generate 5% of Britain's total electricity supply, DECC said.

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