The proposal to end onshore wind subsidies

By Fraser Askham

What comfort can the green economy take from the Energy Industries Council’s assessment of sector activity in the north east?

The UK’s energy minister, Michael Fallon, made an announcement last week that appears to have been met with applause and dismay in equal measure. He said that if the Conservatives are elected with a majority in 2015 they will end public subsidies for newly planned onshore wind turbines.

The Department for Energy & Climate Change says that Britain has enough onshore wind farms to meet its EU targets. Apparently, those targets would be met even if some of the currently planned projects were to fall through. We are told there is ample capacity among those wind farms already built, under construction or with permission…

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