EWEA alarm at EU support plans

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The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has sounded alarm bells over proposed changes by Brussels to guidance governing support mechanisms that EU member states can use to underpin renewables deployment while staying within state aid rules.

Draft guidelines issued by the European Commission (EC) could spell the end of feed-in tariffs (FITs) for wind installations bigger than 5MW or three turbines, prevent nations from differentiating between generation sources such as onshore and offshore wind, and drag the latter into the realms of a “mature technology”, EWEA said.

The EC today opened a consultation period over the proposals for its Environmental and Energy Guidelines lasting until February, with the final policy due to come into force in July next year and covering the period to 2020.

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