UK govt's move to end onshore wind subsidies faces hurdle in parliament

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October 23 (SeeNews) - The House of Lords of the UK parliament on Wednesday voted to remove the section of the Energy Bill that would end subsidies for onshore wind from the end of March 2016.

A Labour proposal for the change was accepted with a vote of 242 for and 190 against.

Baroness Worthington, the shadow energy minister, said the deletion had been proposed due to concerns that the legislation was not ready and had not had the right consultation applied to it to ensure it is fair. On the issue of costs, she said that the government's impact assessment estimated that the measure would save only GBP 0.30 (USD 0.46/EUR 0.42) for a household per year.

The Independent reported that it was not clear whether the government would try to reinsert the clause into the bill, noting this could delay the legislation.

(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.540/EUR 1.387)

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