Small wind schemes should be considered separately from larger projects when contracts are awarded under the forthcoming round of NFFO, says the BWEA. The association has written to the energy minister calling for a separate sub-band in NFFO 3 for small scale projects. Within the existing fully competitive framework of NFFO, many fear that smaller developers can be disadvantaged by higher costs compared with bigger schemes which can spread their overheads over a larger number of turbines. Under cross examination during the Welsh Affairs Committee inquiry on wind energy, the DTI has already indicated that it would consider a specific measure of support for small-scale developments.
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