The next Conservative Government will end any additional subsidy for onshore wind and change the planning system so that local councils have the decisive say on any future wind farms beyond those which have already received planning consent
If we are to protect Britain’s energy security, cut carbon emissions and ensure cost-effective supplies of energy for the long term, then renewable energy – alongside nuclear, gas and carbon capture and storage – is an important component of our energy future.
We remain committed to cutting our carbon emissions. And renewable energy, including onshore wind, has a key role in our future energy supply. But we now have enough bill payer-funded onshore wind in the pipeline to meet our renewable energy commitments and there’s no requirement for any more. That’s why the next Conservative Government will end any additional bill payer subsidy for onshore wind, and give local councils the decisive say on any new wind farms. Hardworking families’ energy bills will not rise as a result of this policy.
Improving competition in the energy industry and making sure that we have a good mixture of reliable energy are important parts of our long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain.