De-rating and the FIT Loophole

A loophole in a popular subsidy scheme for small wind power projects is boosting the spread of bigger turbines and could end up costing energy consumers more than £400m, it has been claimed.

The feed-in tariff scheme that began operating in 2010 is designed to encourage smaller wind projects at places such as farms or businesses that can have as few as one or two turbines.

It pays out nearly twice as much for a turbine capable of generating up to 500 kilowatts of electricity than for a machine that can pump out more than that amount.

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http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/97d92ac2-b13c-11e4-831b-00144feab7de.html#ixzz3RNJjB3pi

Also this paper is excellent :
http://www.ippr.org/assets/media/publications/pdf/feed-in-frenzy_Feb2015.pdf
 

 

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