Published: 06 Jul 2015
As part of the UK’s EU obligations, a national target is in place for renewable energy sources to account for
15% of gross energy consumption by 2020. In order to achieve these renewable energy targets, the
government started promoting renewable energy sources through a significant amount of financial support in
the form of subsidies, active research and development, government-sponsored loans, and tax allowances. The new Conservative-majority government intends to end subsidies for new onshore wind farms and shift
the power to grant planning consent for large-scale projects to local authorities in England and Wales, starting
on April 1, 2016, which is a year earlier than originally planned.