Tory plans to end wind support would be bad news for jobs, energy bills and environment
Reacting to news that the Conservatives will not subsidise new onshore wind farms if they win the 2015 general election, Friends of the Earth Energy Campaigner Donna Hume said:
“Scrapping support for wind turbines would be bad news for jobs, energy bills and the environment.
“Onshore wind has fallen dramatically in price – it already costs less than nuclear, and is set to be cheaper than gas in the next few years.
“Scrapping wind subsidies, rather than phasing them out as costs fall, will simply lead to higher fuel bills for cash-strapped households and make it harder to tackle climate change.
“The Conservatives should be helping local communities take ownership of onshore wind. Pandering to the interests of the fossil fuel industry will end up costing the earth.”
Notes to editors:
1. Claims that turbines are unpopular fly in the face of recent polling: two thirds of people would rather have a wind farm in their local area than a fracking project, while less than a fifth would prefer a fracking operation http://www.ecotricity.co.uk/news/news-archive/2014/britons-favour-onshore-wind-over-fracking-by-three-to-one.