East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has said he is ‘delighted’ at today’s announcement by Energy Minister Amber Rudd that no new onshore wind farm will be subsidised by the Government from April next year, a year earlier than expected.
The announcement fulfils an election pledge from the Conservative Party and follows representations made by Sir Greg, Vice-Chair of campaigning group ‘Together Against Wind’ in the last Parliament. It is estimated that almost 3,000 windfarms which are awaiting planning permission could now be scrapped.
In welcoming the announcement Sir Greg said, “Wind farms drive up energy bills and blight the countryside. People in East Yorkshire have been overwhelmingly clear that they do not want to see any more wind farms in this area”.
“This is great news for our countryside, good news for tourism and positive news for the Exchequer. Without the subsidy of public money new onshore windfarms will not be viable” added Sir Greg.
In addition to the scrapping of the subsidy the Government has also announced that it plans to give local planning authorities the final say over what happens in their area. This will mean when local people make it clear they do not want a wind farm their wishes cannot be over-ridden by a national planning body.