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Local MP lobbies PM on wind turbines

Julian Sturdy

3:26pm 31st January 2012

This week, Julian Sturdy, Member of Parliament for York Outer, has added his name to a letter to the Prime Minister regarding the future of on-shore wind farms.
Signed by a range of cross-party MPs, the letter urges the Prime Minister to reduce the level of subsidy available for wind turbines and to amend the Draft National Planning Policy Framework, to give local communities a fairer chance of overturning wind farm applications during the planning process.
More specifically the letter to the Prime Minister highlighted the inefficient and intermittent energy production that typifies on-shore wind turbines. As taxpayers' money is used to fund the generous subsidy available for on-shore wind turbines, Mr Sturdy has questioned the Government's policy of support for on-shore wind production.
Commenting on the matter, Mr Sturdy said:-

"It is increasingly clear that on-shore wind turbines remain amongst the most inefficient and intermittent energy production technologies. In tough economic times, it seems unfair to make consumers pay, through taxpayer funded subsidy, for such a poorly performing form of renewable energy. In reducing the subsidy for on-shore wind turbines, the Government could spread savings across other types of reliable renewable energy technology and energy efficiency measures."
"In addition, in light of the wind turbine planning battle  in Copmanthorpe last year, I truly believe that local communities should be further empowered to have a clear and decisive say on local planning issues that impact upon their town or village. Nobody can deny that the construction of a wind turbine can cause real distress for local residents and it is absolutely right that the Draft National Planning Policy Framework is strengthen to ensure that local residents have a realistic chance of defeating unwanted on-shore wind proposals."

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