“In a withering assault on the onshore wind turbine industry, the Duke said the farms were ‘a disgrace,'” says this article by Jonathan Wynne-Jones.
The Duke also claimed that “wind farms would ‘never work’ and accused people who support them of believing in a ‘fairy tale’”.
The Duke’s attack on the turbines came in a conversation with Esbjorn Wilmar, managing director of a leading wind farm company.
“Mr Wilmar said one of the main reasons the Duke thought onshore wind farms to be “a very bad idea” was their reliance on such subsidies.”
“Electricity customers are paying an average of £90 (US$143) a year to subsidise wind farms and other forms of renewable energy as part of a government scheme to meet carbon-reduction targets.
Britain presently has 3,421 wind turbines, with another 4,500 expected to be built under plans for wind power to play a more important role in providing Britain’s energy.
Last month, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne called opponents of the wind turbine plans “curmudgeons and fault-finders” and described the turbines as “elegant” and “beautiful.”
Thanks to Benjamin Napier and D. T. Bronzich for this link
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