The truth behind the wind power subsidies row

Do claims in a recent IPPR report that 100 UK wind turbines are receiving unfair subsidies at a cost of £400m to consumers add up? Fiona Harvey investigates

A row has broken out within the wind power industry over the future of small wind farm installations in the UK, and the subsidies that should be paid to them.

According to a report from the IPPR thinktank, widely reported in the media (in the FT, Times, Mail and Channel 4 News), about 100 wind turbines are receiving an unfair level of subsidy by exploiting a provision in the subsidy regime. The thinktank has estimated that each of the turbines in question could be receiving £100,000 a year in “excess” subsidies as a result, amounting to about £10m.

“IPPR has no conflict of interest and we have been completely transparent about the authors and who they work for."

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