Ritchie presses Government on support for renewables

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has questioned the Department of Energy and Climate Change in the Commons on how the decision to scrap all support for onshore wind will impact renewable energy in Britain and Northern Ireland. ritchieSpeaking to Newry Times, Ritchie said, “I asked the Government about the future of on-shore wind projects, and the Minister could only refer me to projects ‘already in the pipeline.’ “This shows how the Government’s short-sighted decision to cut all support for onshore wind has created a cliff-edge for the industry. “The Secretary of State for DECC talks about value for the tax-payer, but the Chancellor’s decision to give millions more to the oil and gas industry in the recent Budget shows that there is money available when the Government has the political will. “The decision on onshore wind is more about appeasing climate-sceptics on the Conservative backbenches than it is about protecting bill-payers.
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CountryFest gifs“I believe the Government’s cuts to onshore wind support are wrong and have in fact taken away choice for communities that support locally-generated, low-carbon electricity. She added, “It is time for the Secretary of State to listen to the renewables industry and look again at what subsidies can be provided, particularly for small-scale, rural energy generation.”
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