UK Energy secretary slams minister who called an end to onshore wind

31 October 2012 (Last Updated October 31st, 2012 18:30)

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has slammed Tory Energy Minister John Hayes over his comments that the development of wind farms across the countryside will be brought to a halt.

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Energy Secretary Ed Davey has slammed Tory Energy Minister John Hayes over his comments that the development of wind farms across the countryside will be brought to a halt.

Energy policy in charge Davey, echoing Prime Minister David Cameron, said that the wind farm policy had not changed.

"There has been no change to Government policy on renewable energy, as collectively agreed by the Coalition Cabinet," Davey said.

"We've put in place support to bring on growth in new industries to deploy the technologies needed to diversify our energy mix in the most cost-effective way."

Davey's comments came after Hayes, a longstanding critic of wind farms, told reporters that "enough is enough" and that communties should no longer have wind turbines "imposed on them".

Reacting to Hayes' comments, Abundance Generation cofounder and managing director Bruce Davis said that the minister has allowed personal politics to prejudice policy.

"His words raise serious questions about his ability to be involved in any sort of enquiry into what is the most scrutinised and debated energy technology in the UK - onshore wind," Davis added.

"Now is the time to create the 'Energy Policy Committee' - to treat energy the way we treat money and interest rates and hand over decision making to an independent body of experts who are accountable to Parliament for their targets, transparent in the minutes of their discussions and managed for the long term health of the economy - and not allow short term backbench politics to undermine and even prejudice considered ministerial policy development."


Image: Ed Davy said there will be no change to government policy on renewable energy. Photo: courtesy of the Business, Innovation and Skills Office.