David Cameron could make manifesto pledge to get ‘rid’ of wind farms

April 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Cutting subsidies would not only reduce the number of planned wind farms but
could encourage developers to start “dismantling” turbines built in recent
years, the source said.

Officially, the Coalition Government supports the continued development of new
onshore wind farms.

Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary, has repeatedly said that the
Government is committed to onshore wind power as part of its “renewable
energy mix”.

In recent years, Conservatives in the Government have managed to cut financial
support for wind farms and have used planning laws to give communities
increased powers to veto unpopular developments.

The Lib Dems on Tuesday said the Prime Minister’s environmental credentials
are now “dead in the water” after Nick Clegg blocked Tory plans to impose a
cap on wind farms.

The Deputy Prime Minister is understood to have clashed with Mr Cameron and
George Osborne, the Chancellor, in recent days over proposals to restrict
onshore wind farms.

The Conservative plans would have put a limit on the total amount of energy
generated in the country by onshore wind, meaning that future projects could
be blocked.

However, Mr Clegg immediately vetoes the measures and said it would further
undermine investors’ confidence in the UK’s renewables market.

The row will allow the Conservatives to blame Mr Clegg for vetoing their
plans, meaning they can go further with manifesto pledged to clamp down on
onshore wind.

A Lib Dem source said: “Nick Clegg was simply not going to allow the Tories to
move the goalposts on green energy again,” the source said.

“Some sort of crude block towards onshore wind would seriously damage investor
confidence in Britain’s energy markets. It would be a double whammy – bad
for both British business and for the environment.”

Aides to Mr Clegg said that any bid to curb wind farms will not be sanctioned
under the Coalition.

It will further strain any negotiations between the Tories and Lib Dems in the
event of a hung Parliament after the 2015 election.

Mr Cameron’s official spokesman yesterday repeatedly refused to say whether or
not the Prime Minister had proposed a cap on wind turbines.

Mr Cameron himself last year said that there will not be “a lot more” onshore
wind turbines in the UK.

He said that “there is a limited potential for onshore wind” and that he
instead wants to focus on shale gas exploration, nuclear power and offshore

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