Press release
Onshore renewable cuts reflects their success

Commenting on today’s Government cuts to onshore wind and solar support, Friends of the Earth Energy Campaigner Simon Bullock said: 

“The cost of producing clean energy from onshore wind and solar is becoming cheaper all the time, so cutting Government support for these technologies simply reflects their success. 

“The extra support for offshore wind is a welcome boost and will lead to more jobs and investment. 

“Onshore wind is already less expensive than nuclear, and solar will be cheaper by the time new reactors come on line.

“Ministers must now scrutinise the hand-outs given to support oil, gas and coal - George Osborne has given £2 billion to support dirty energy in the past year alone, and more is expected in the Autumn Statement.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. The changes announced today mean support for offshore wind will still fall - but not as steeply as before. This will mean more investment and jobs, and help ensure that the cost of offshore wind will fall more rapidly in future.

2. Friends of the Earth research, submitted to the Committee and cited by witnesses, revealed that the tax breaks George Osborne has given to North Sea oil and gas in  2012/13 were worth a total of £2 billion to the industry.

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