Energy and Climate Change Wind Power - Down-rated Turbines.

- Monday, 28th January 2013

 

Wind Turbines

Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden, Conservative):

 

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to disqualify wind turbines which have been down-rated below their potential capacity from eligibility for the higher feed-in tariff.

 

Gregory Barker (Minister of State (Climate Change), Energy and Climate Change; Bexhill and Battle, Conservative):

 

Payments under the feed-in tariffs scheme are calculated on the basis of electricity generated.

 

Decisions about the height, appearance and location of wind turbines are a matter for local planning authorities, and the turbine selection for any individual installation is a commercial matter for the operator.

 

Any significant changes to the FITs scheme would be the subject of public consultation.

 

Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden, Conservative):

 

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the cost to consumers where wind turbines have been deliberately down-rated to a capacity of 500 kilowatts or less in order to obtain the higher feed-in tariff.

 

Gregory Barker (Minister of State (Climate Change), Energy and Climate Change; Bexhill and Battle, Conservative):

 

Payments under the feed-in-tariffs are made on the basis of electricity generated. The tariffs vary depending on the size of the installation but two turbines of the same size will incur identical cost to consumers.

 

Wind farms must be well-designed and well-sited to be approved. As part of the planning process, consideration is given to the impact a wind turbine of the proposed size will have on its environment.

 

Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden, Conservative):

 

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind turbines rated (a) at 500 kilowatts and (b) between 500 kilowatts and 1500 kilowatts were installed and accredited (i) between 1 April and 31 December 2012 and (ii) in the preceding 12 months.

 

Gregory Barker (Minister of State (Climate Change), Energy and Climate Change; Bexhill and Battle, Conservative):

 

The following link shows the number of wind installations in each period. These figures were published on 24 January 2013 in the ‘Monthly Central Feed-in Tariff Statistics’ table on the DECC website:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-energy-climate-change/series/feed-in-tariff-statistics

 

 

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