Onshore wind power projects could make a return to the hard-fought competition for subsidies as Conservative energy ministers warm to turbines following sharp falls in offshore wind costs. The Government announced an end to new subsidies for wind turbines two years ago after former Prime Minister David Cameron said that “enough is enough” for the roll out of turbines across England. In the meantime the cost of offshore wind farms has fallen by half following steady government support, raising questions over whether onshore wind should be allowed to compete against other technologies to provide low-cost renewable energy. Energy ministers Richard Harrington and Claire Perry both told delegates at the Conservative party conference that new onshore wind projects could return to play a role depending on whether their costs are competitive and they win the support of local communities. Mr Harrington said he sees “no reason” why onshore wind projects shouldn’t compete against other forms of technology and clinch support if their costs are low enough and their planning permission has been granted. RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said a number of Conservative MPs expressed their support for onshore wind, “because they’re focusing on consumers’ bills and they know that onshore wind is the cheapest way of generating new power”.
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