U.K. Government Says Onshore Wind to Compete With Solar for Aid

May 13, 2014 6:51 am ET

May 13 (Bloomberg) -- Onshore wind power will have to compete with solar power for funding when a new system of renewable aid starts in October, the U.K. government said today.

The government said it will divide technologies into “established” and “less established” groups, with the first set competing for subsidies this year, according to a statement published on the website of the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Onshore wind and solar will have to compete with energy from waste with combined heat and power, hydro plants, landfill gas and sewage gas.

The government also proposed a third category for coal plants that convert to biomass. It said it’s considering classing them as “established” technologies within a third group that wouldn’t compete with wind and solar, and would instead have its own budget.