Today [30 October] The Herald is carrying an exclusive story saying that the UK Energy Minister is looking to limit the volume of onshore wind farms.
John Hayes MP is speaking at the Renewables UK conference in Glasgow today.
He has told The Herald’s Kate Devlin and David Ross that he agrees with campaigners who see wind turbines as a blight on the landscape; and that while he cannot change consents retrospectively, he will take a different line with future applications.
Calling for a defensible limit of energy needed from onshore wind, the Minister has rightly described the danger of an unbuttoned rush for wind wind as ‘caricaturing the debate about renewables’.
This comes on the day when the UK government has formally committed to new nuclear – a move we have come to support, much to our own surprise, as the greenest we are going to get.