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Rush for subsidy contracts
1 April 1998
Some 200 wind projects for 1041 MW declared net capacity (DNC) in England and Wales are competing for contracts in the fifth round of Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation renewable energy subsidies (NFFO-5). They are among 719 applications totalling 5304 MW from renewable energy generators who have met the deadline for registering expressions of interest -- the first milestone in the competition to secure one of the much sought after premium priced contracts. Despite the high level of interest, the number of wind applications is down on the previous round of subsidies -- NFFO-4 -- when 227 applications were lodged. Interestingly, the average size of project at 5.2 MW is also smaller -- down from 6.5 MW in NFFO-4. This suggests that developers are heeding the high failure rate of large wind schemes to gain planning consent. In addition to wind, there are 264 applications for landfill gas schemes, 180 for energy from waste, 20 for energy from waste with combined heat and power, and 32 for small scale hydro.
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