UK cracks show again as minister tears into onshore wind

The political cracks in the UK’s renewables policy were back on stark display after the country’s energy minister gave strongly anti-wind interviews to two influential newspapers – just at the moment his government is attempting to calm nerves over its support for clean power generation.

John Hayes, a member of the majority Conservative party in the ruling coalition, tells the newspapers that onshore wind turbines had been “peppered around the country” without regard to local communities and pledges to “protect our green and pleasant land”, adding "enough is enough".

Onshore wind already faces a government review to decide if the existing level of support under the UK’s Renewables Obligation scheme is appropriate, and a consultation on its community benefits.

Hayes – who was given his energy minister post last month – told the Daily Telegraph: “We Log in to read complete article.

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