Belfast Telegraph

Government overcomes peers' challenge to Energy Bill

The Government has faced down a last ditch challenge by peers over the early scrapping of onshore wind subsidies.

MPs yesterday rejected the latest amendment to the Energy Bill, which would have allowed a handful of wind projects given initial planning permission in Scotland to go ahead.

On Tuesday a fresh bid to reinsert the amendment into the legislation was defeated by 204 to 109, Government majority 95.

The vote came after Energy and Climate Change minister Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth urged peers to bow to the elected House and stop blocking the Bill from becoming law.

But Labour and Liberal Democrat peers continued to complain of ministers drawing an arbitrary line in the grace period for schemes to comply, denting investor confidence in renewables.

The Bill, which establishes an independent oil and gas regulator, is now set to become law.