To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2015 to Question 3452, if she will estimate the potential additional cost of the Renewables Obligation to the (a) Levy Control Framework and (b) average domestic energy bill if the Renewables Obligation was not closed early to new-build onshore wind.
The Government has a responsibility to manage support schemes efficiently within the Levy Control Framework (LFC) to ensure that costs to consumers remain affordable.
Unless we close the renewables obligation (RO) to new onshore wind projects, we could end up with more deployment of this technology than we can afford. This would lead either to higher energy bills or to other renewable technologies losing out on support. It is not possible to put a precise figure on this but those onshore wind projects unlikely now to go ahead could have cost hundreds of millions of pounds in subsidy over their lifetime.