Labour has accused the government of holding back clean energy projects in the UK by allowing energy networks to impose “outrageous” charges on renewables developers. This week, two of the six companies that run the country’s local electricity grids began making green energy firms pay for an estimate of how much it will cost to connect their solar and windfarms. Previously the grid connection estimate was provided for free. However, it will now cost anyone hoping to connect a small renewable power station between £2,500 and nearly £10,000, even if they do not go ahead with the scheme. The shift was made possible by a government change to regulations earlier this year. Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, the shadow business secretary, said: “It was the Tories’ recent reforms that allowed for these outrageous financial demands to be made, which will have serious repercussions right across the renewables sector and for the future of clean energy.” Jeremy Corbyn has singled out network companies for criticism, saying they should be nationalised because they are overcharging and causing delays to green energy projects.
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