Wind industry's extensive lobbying to preserve subsidies and defeat local resistance to turbines
"The government's own data shows that in spite of its unpopularity the wind industry is in fact having an easy time in planning, with the vast majority of schemes being forced on unwilling local populations.
"Very high subsidy levels have resulted in an overheated market and a rush of development that is inappropriate and environmentally damaging, as well as being extremely expensive for the consumer."
February 12, 2012
by Robert Mendick, and Edward Malnick
in The Telegraph
The full extent of lobbying by Britain's wind industry to preserve subsidies while getting thousands of new turbines built can be revealed.
The intensive lobbying - both to construct wind farms and to maintain generous subsidies - comes amid growing unease over an industry adding to the burden on household electricity bills.
Analysis of UK wind farms shows that the 15 biggest owners will between them receive almost £850 million in subsidies that are added on to household electricity bills.
It comes after the disclosure last week that 101 Tory backbench MPs had written a letter to David Cameron demanding he... [continue via Web link]