The Duke of Edinburgh has made his feelings on renewable technologies clear as he labeled wind turbines “absolutely useless.” The comments were at odds with government policy which aims to drastically increase the amount of UK turbines in the UK.
According to the Sunday Telegraph the Duke of Edinburgh told Esbjorn Wilmar, of wind turbine manufacturer Infinergy that wind farms were a waste of time. Mr Wilmar said: “He said that they were absolutely useless, completely reliant on subsidies and an absolute disgrace.”
Energy consumers in the UK have had around £90 added to their bills per year in order to subsidise renewable technologies. Despite opposing onshore wind, the Prince remained tightlipped over offshore wind, from which he and his family stand to earn millions due to the Crown Estate’s ownership of Britain’s seabed, where thousands of offshore turbines are expected to be built over the next decade.