Renewable Energy Generation Wins Planning Consent for U.K. Wind

Renewable Energy Generation Ltd., a British low-carbon asset developer, was granted permission to build a wind farm after the U.K. government said it plans to scrap subsidies to the technology.

The company gained planning consent to build an 8-megawatt facility in Wales, it said Friday in an e-mail. It now has five onshore wind projects totaling 38 megawatts due to be installed within 18 months.

“We now have a pipeline of 140 megawatts of consented renewable-energy projects,” Andrew Whalley, chief executive officer of REG, said in the statement. They will boost the company’s total generating capacity past 250 megawatts.

The government last month proposed to halt assistance to new onshore wind farms from a subsidy program a year early, meeting an election pledge by the ruling Conservatives to end assistance for the technology. The move has been criticized by the clean-energy industry because that would cease support to the cheapest form of large-scale renewable power.

REG says it’s talking to the government about whether its project will be eligible to receive support under a “grace period” before the subsidies are axed.

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