Energy suppliers seeking to produce renewable energy projects could find their plans easier to realise as a result of relaxed rules.
Industry regulator Ofgem has moved to facilitate the development of clean energy projects by allowing them to provide an electricity supply to the grid the moment they are ready, rather than having to wait until the wider grid infrastructure is completely upgraded.
The relaxation could benefit 300,000 homes more quickly, as a series of clean energy projects could suddenly be fast-tracked.
Nick Rau, renewable energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: "The UK has a first-class renewable energy potential, but a third-rate attitude towards developing it. The government must take urgent action if Britain is to become a world leader in green energy."
The British Wind Energy Association welcomed the move but told the Guardian that there will need to be a surge in developments over the coming years to cope with forecast rises in energy demand.
Many energy suppliers have been backing away from investment in costly renewable projects in response the pressures of the recession.
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