24 Apr '14, 3pm

UK Onshore Wind Power Will Lose Subsidies, Conservatives Say

UK Onshore Wind Power Will Lose Subsidies, Conservatives Say

The Conservatives, who govern in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, will end subsidies for onshore wind through consumer bills after the election scheduled for May 7, 2015, Energy Minister Michael Fallon said today in e-mailed remarks. They’ll also devolve planning decisions to local authorities, he said. “We now have enough bill-payer-funded onshore wind in the pipeline to meet our renewable energycommitments and there’s no requirement for any more,” Fallon said. “That’s why the next Conservative Government will end any additional bill payer subsidy for onshore wind, and give local councils the decisive say on any new wind farms.” The move seeks to end the spread of unpopular developments in rural areas where many Conservatives lawmakers have constituencies. Fallon’s comments were criticized by environmentalists, the industry’s main lobby group and the Liberal Democrat...

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