EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s madness!’ Ukip MEP slams Nick Clegg’s £66m wind farm plan

August 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Ministers today launched radical plans for the offshore wind power industry as they formally opened Centrica Energy’s £1 billion wind farm in Lincolnshire.

It was announced £66 million will be invested to improve the supply chain for offshore wind developments, boost innovation and bring new products to market.

But Euro MP Roger Helmer has blasted the controversial strategy, which is being set out by the Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Secretary Ed Davey, branding it “useless”.

“Not only is Nick Clegg mad, he is also about 18 months out of date – no one is interested in wind power anymore,” Mr Helmer said.

The UK currently has more offshore wind power than the rest of the world combined, and the strategy aims to expand the supply chain so more of the manufacturing is done in the UK, creating jobs and growth.

The new billion-pound wind farm in Lincolnshire is said to be able to produce enough electricity to meet the needs of 200,000 homes, equivalent to two-thirds of the county’s households.

However, Mr Helmer dismissed Mr Clegg’s planned investment into green energy as “just madness”.

“Wind power is hopelessly expensive and it is damaging the British economy, undermining competitiveness, thwarting energy-related businesses, jobs and investment out of the UK and the EU,” he said.

“Pumping more money into it is just madness, they’re completely useless.”

Mr Clegg believes Britain must “put the foot down on the accelerator” in developing renewable energy, arguing the sector has the potential to create 30,000 jobs and add £7billion to the UK economy by 2020.

However, Mr Helmer argued Britain is “fighting a losing battle” against other world powers which continue to invest in coal.

“Nothing we do will bring down CO2 ommisions significantly,” he said. “All we will do is damage ourselves and deny our children jobs and opportunities.”

“We’re crucifying ourselves to make a gesture but it won’t make a scrap of difference to the planet,” he added.

Mr Clegg today mocked those resisting green energy investment as “Luddites”.

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