UK does not need more onshore wind says energy minister

The UK does not need more onshore wind farms and in the recent past had pursued an unbalanced approach in favour of land-based turbines, according to Britain’s energy and climate change minister.

Greg Barker has said that he is looking at other options after plans for 10 000 extra onshore turbines prompted an outcry from his own Conservative party MPs.

He told The Sunday Times newspaper that most of the wind power the UK needs was already “built, being developed, or in planning. The notion that there’s some spectre of a new wave of wind farms is somewhat exaggerated.”

He said that in the past the Department of Energy and Climate Change had pushed a policy that was “unbalanced” in favour of onshore wind, and as a result, “there have been some installations in insensitive or unsuitable locations — too close to houses, or in an area of outstanding natural beauty”.

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