RenewableUK threatens legal action over subsidy cut

RenewableUK, the industry body representing the wind power industry, is threatening to take the UK government to court if it decides to cut subsidies by more than ten per cent.

The BBC reports that after conducting technical studies, the energy department proposed a subsidy cut of 10 per cent for power from onshore wind, but Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne is under pressure from back-benchers to scrap subsidies, and is said to favour a 25 per cent cut.

The industry body, RenewableUK, says it may take legal action if the government makes a decision that overrides its own technical evidence, and believes it will have a case for judicial review.

“It’s really important this process is seen to be evidence-based and rational,” said Gordon Edge of Renewable UK.

“The government took technical guidance on this issue. If at this point the government says we are going to do less for onshore wind than it proposed that will be seen as nakedly political.”

The UK government has previously lost in the courts over policies on solar and nuclear.

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