Trade body RenewableUK has labelled the Duke of Edinburgh as “seriously misinformed” following remarks criticising wind farms this week.
The Duke of Edinburgh criticised onshore wind farms as “a disgrace”, and also slammed the industry’s reliance on subsidies in comments made to the Sunday Telegraph.
RenewableUK said the time has come to “bust the myths peddled by anti-wind campaigners” with support for wind costing £10 in an average £600 electricity bill.
The wind industry currently employs 11,000 people, including many engineering positions, which is expected to rise to 90,000 by 2021, according to a study by Cambridge Econometrics.
RenewableUK’s chief executive Maria McCaffery added, “the irrefutable facts are that wind energy is providing a clean, secure supply of electricity to more than 3M homes in the UK, displacing 6.5M.t of carbon dioxide every year”.