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Is the UK losing its taste for turbines?

- By Charlotte Stubben

Yesterday, the Guardian published an article about political shifts causing investors to doubt Britain's commitment to wind.

The article published in the Guardian is the first of a three-part series, where the newspaper looks at the political shifts causing investors to doubt Britain's commitment to wind.

Quietly shelved plans for windfarms
According to the Guardian, the government and energy industry have quietly shelved plans for windfarms equivalent to four large traditional coal and nuclear power stations, amid growing public and political anger over the cost and sight of the turbines.

In a report by the Electricity Networks Strategy Group (ENSG), the regulator Ofgem, and leading industry investors, estimates that 28.3GW of onshore and offshore wind power may have been built by 2020.

The estimate has fallen by 4GW in the two years since its last forecast.

Read the article Windfarms axed as UK loses its taste for turbines in the Guardian.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, commented on the article in the Guardian.

A responsible energy policy
“A responsible energy policy for this country is one that rules IN all of the key low carbon technologies to help us keep the lights on and emissions down.

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“Ruling any of them OUT would be folly. It would mean one less way of cutting our dependence on imported gas, one less way of cutting our carbon emissions. And it would hit consumers where it hurts.

The cheapest of the renewables
“Onshore wind is the cheapest of the renewables – in fact we’ve already proposed cutting the subsidy to reflect falling costs.

“Abandoning it now would force us to rely more heavily than envisaged on offshore wind before that becomes cheaper, adding a further £5 to every annual household bill by the middle of the decade.

Read more: Green light for be £1.5 billion offshore wind farm

“Built in the right places, and with the benefits for local communities we’re introducing, onshore wind has a crucial role to play.

“We need a portfolio of all the available technologies and the investment and jobs that comes with it. That’s what the coalition is united behind and it’s what MPs from all parties voted overwhelmingly in favour of last year.”

Related information: Energy Minister Charles Hendry's blog post on the importance of wind energy.

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