Lords slate government wind policy

The second reading of a bill to decide how far wind turbines should be built from housing descended into a debate over the expense and effectiveness of wind turbines. Several […]

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By Tom Gibson

The second reading of a bill to decide how far wind turbines should be built from housing descended into a debate over the expense and effectiveness of wind turbines.

Several members of the House showed their discontent with the coalition’s desire to push forward with the industry.

Lord Reay said that the policy was “both corrupt and divisive” and was “more likely to create a torn society than big society.”

He was supported by Lord Williams of Elvel who questioned the economics of government policy, “The Government haven’t been entirely honest. It is neither efficient or cost effective. An average turbine will deliver 20% of its capacity.”

Liberal Democrat Lord Teverson however disagreed and said: “This certainly is not the reaction of the majority, in fact people tend to like them.”

The ongoing conflicts surrounding wind power have led many to question the coalition’s lack of clarity over wind policy.