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Ecotricity founder Dale Vince attacks Conservative bid to halt future onshore wind farms

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 26, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson, Public Affairs reporter

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Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity

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Green energy champion Dale Vince, who founded Stroud-based Ecotricity, has attacked Conservative plans to block new onshore windfarms if they win the 2015 general election.

Energy Minister Michael Fallon said projects that have not been granted planning permission before the election would not receive public funding because the UK will have enough wind power to meet 2020 EU targets.

But Mr Vince believes the Prime Minister is putting the interests of his political party ahead of the interests of his country.

He said: “Before the last election, David Cameron promised to lead the greenest government ever – that promise lies in tatters now as he prepares to fight the next election dancing to the tune set by UKIP.

“It’s a shameful abdication of his responsibility as prime minister, to put his party before the country in this way.

“We need an energy policy that makes sense, environmentally and economically, one that can give us energy independence, lower bills and abate climate change. What we have instead is one that only makes sense politically, an energy policy for the Tory party.”

The Conservative manifesto will also pledge to stop any further green levies paid by bill-payers for onshore wind power – but Mr Vince, whose firm supplies more than 100,000 homes and businesses across Britain with green energy, says that it fails to highlight that this support is currently less than £10 of household energy bills.

They will also change the planning system to allow local councils to block any new windfarms which do not already have planning consent before the election.

The announcements come as a YouGov poll last week showed that wind energy is more popular than fracking, the shale gas extraction method which is preferred by the Conservatives.

Some 62 per cent said they would rather have a wind farm in their area than a fracking site, with just 19 per cent preferring to have fracking nearby.

One in two of Tory voters surveyed also said wind was their preferred choice between the two.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  May 02 2014, 9:47PM

    High subsidies for wind power does not equate to green politics. Whilst there is merit in renewable power, wind and solar are intermittent, and require large stable fossil or nuclear power stations for providing stable and assured supply. What is needed is a reduction in consumption, not simply more generation capacity - and wind power is not necessarily the best renewable option except at certain windy locations in the UK.

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  • MrGarnet  |  April 26 2014, 9:13PM

    Have these things actually done any good? Honest question?

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  • RoadWombat  |  April 25 2014, 11:22PM

    "It's a shameful abdication of his responsibility as prime minister, to put his party before my company's profits in this way".

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  April 25 2014, 5:04PM

    The only reason this is happening is because Mr Vince hasn't paid the Tory party if he was to make a LARGE donation then this would not happen!

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  April 25 2014, 4:06PM

    I guess when you have your business at stake, you will say anything, especially to garner the green votes. The fact that DC has said there will be no more wind farms on land does not mean he isn't anti-green. It's all very well for DV to pose next to a giant windmill, but would he want it within sight or earshot of his home..............................? Plus the outrageous subsidies, mean that the rich are sponging off the poor, something Mr 'right on' Vince would surely not agree with.

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