Subsidy cut for onshore wind farms is a ‘stunt’ say Ukip while Greens call it …

December 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Ukip’s Roger Helmer MEP said the Government’s energy policy still made no sense.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced today state help for onshore wind and solar energy was being reduced “slightly” in favour of offshore wind.

Mr Alexander said the switch in favour of offshore wind was based on “value for money” and could open the way for an extra 10 gigawatts of energy by 2020, according to Government estimates.

Some political commentators the Government’s policy change was as a result of pressure from Ukip.

Roger Helmer, Ukip’s energy spokesman, dismissed the announcement as a “political stunt” and reiterated his party’s long-standing opposition to subsidised on-shore wind farms.

He said: “This cut in subsidies for on-shore wind farms is a political stunt by a Government desperate to appease the large numbers of voters sick of turbines despoiling the British countryside.

“But it fails to address the real argument which is the nonsensical and frankly dangerous energy policy this Government is forcing upon UK taxpayers.

“The argument is not simply an aesthetic one, there is a real economic debate to be had especially in the light of the atrocious increases in energy prices that are pushing more and more people into fuel poverty and risking the lives of thousands of people when we are about to enter one of the coldest winters on record.

“The truth is the taxpayer, while they may not have to gaze out of their kitchen window at a blight of turbines, is still footing the bill both directly and through energy price rises for this wasteful and downright ridiculous technology to be built out of sight.”

Rural wind farms have been a source of coalition tension, with many senior Conservatives staunchly opposed to the turbines, which Lib Dems say are needed to meet environmental objectives.

It is feared by Tory activists to be an issue on which they are losing support to the Ukip.

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