Over 100 Conservative MPs have written to prime minister David Cameron urging the government to reduce onshore wind farm subsidies in a letter published in the Sunday Telegraph yesterday.
The MPs said in these “financially straightened times” it is unwise for consumers to pay for “inefficient and intermittent energy production that typifies on-shore wind turbines”. Wind farms are supported by subsidy in the form of renewable energy obligations (Rocs) certificates and now feed-in tariffs, costs which are then passed onto the consumer.
The 101 MPs are also worried about the new National Planning Policy Framework - currently being slimmed down by the government – which in their opinion “diminishes” the chances of local people defeating unwanted onshore wind farm proposals through the planning system.
Backbencher Chris Heaton-Harris organised the letter which include senior figures including David Davis, Bernard Jenkin and Nicholas Soames.
Liberal Democrats re-iterate need for green investment
Deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat MP Nick Clegg said he wants the UK to “number one destination for green investment” this morning.
Clegg and new energy secretary Ed Davey want to send a clear signal that “green growth and green jobs” will remain at the heart of the coalition government’s strategy for growth.
Davey and Clegg made the remarks while visiting research body BRE’s Innovation Park near Watford, a testing site for green homes.
“My priorities are very simple: green jobs, green growth and getting the best deal for energy bill payers,” said Davey.