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Early end to wind farm subsidies - reaction

Early end to wind farm subsidies - reaction

Richard Miller, Head of Agriculture at Burnetts, reacts to the news that the government has decided to exclude new onshore wind farms from a subsidy scheme, a year earlier than expected.

Richard Miller, Head of Agriculture at Burnetts, reacts to the news that the government has decided to exclude new onshore wind farms from a subsidy scheme, a year earlier than expected:

He said, "This is disastrous for the renewables and farming sectors. Wind turbines have been creating much-needed investment in the economy including the creation of new jobs. As well as the loss of on shore wind schemes, the move could also lead to a lack of confidence in the renewables industry as a whole.

From a farming point of view, the income from wind turbine projects has meant that many farming businesses have been safeguarded because the money has been used to diversify or expand farming operations. These schemes have also provided stable income for farmers who operate in an increasingly volatile commodities market. We are working on projects at the moment where the income from the proposed turbines is essential to the long-term future of the farm itself.

My concern is that that the government’s decision to prematurely remove support could be the start of the failure of the renewables sector. Investors’ knee jerk reaction could be to pull out because suspicion will now be cast over whether the government will honour their commitment to the renewables sector. On a wider point, it’s impossible to see how the UK can meet its renewable energy targets meaning our country will be hit with huge fines."

For further information about wind farm projects contact Richard Miller at Burnetts on 01228 552222 or by email to rm@burnetts.co.uk

For media enquiries, please contact Angela Huck on 07525 128762 or ash@burnetts.co.uk .

Published: Thursday 18th June 2015
Categorised: Agribusiness, Renewable Energy

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