Tory wind farm revolt

3:40pm Wednesday 8th February 2012

A NUMBER of Hampshire’s Conservative MPs have joined a major revolt against Government policy on wind farms.

More than 100 Tories wrote to David Cameron calling for a drastic cut in subsidies to onshore turbines.

Signatories including Winchester’s Steve Brine, Romsey and Southampton North MP Caroline Nokes, Julian Lewis, (New Forest East), Caroline Dinenage (Gosport) and Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner joined forces with politicians from other parties to express concerns over the amount of taxpayers’ money going to the sector. The letter will be a headache for new Energy Secretary Ed Davey, who has replaced Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne, who resigned to fight criminal charges relating to a speeding fine.

The letter said: “In these financially straitened times, we think it is unwise to make consumers pay, through taxpayer subsidy, for inefficient and intermittent energy production that typifies onshore wind turbines.”

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