Hot air: Minister says no more onshore wind farms – but thousands are already in the pipeline

Ministers have ruled out a fresh expansion of wind farms – but will not reverse plans for the thousands of turbines already in the pipeline. Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said there had been an ‘unbalanced’ approach to the controversial turbines and vowed there would be no significant expansion of farms.

Under former Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne, around 10,000 onshore turbines were planned in order to meet EU targets, with thousands more planned offshore.

There are already 3,100 turbines across Britain which cost taxpayers up to £700million a year in subsidies. Mr Barker, a Tory minister, said yesterday that the Government was now looking at other options and played down the prospects of the full number of wind turbines planned under Mr Huhne being built.

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