The Welsh Government has been criticised for withdrawing business rate relief for some private hydropower schemes from next month. The British Hydropower Association has warned the decision leaves some schemes “on a cliff edge” and Plaid Cymru described it as “a huge backwards step for renewable energy in Wales”. The Welsh Government introduced a rate relief scheme for the sector in 2018 following changes to the way business rates were calculated in 2017 by the Valuation Office Agency which resulted in some schemes facing huge increases to their rates bill. The British Hydropower Association has called on the Welsh government to follow Scotland’s example, where the rate relief scheme has been extended until 2032 and said it would cost the less than £500,000 a year to do so.
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