Britain Announces Halt to Onshore Wind Farms

Britain Announces Halt to Onshore Wind Farms
November 7, 2012

James M. Taylor, J.D.

James M. Taylor is managing editor of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly... (read full bio)

British officials are putting an end to new onshore wind farm construction, halting an energy experiment that has produced little usable electricity while draining the finances of British taxpayers and electricity consumers.

Energy Minister John Hayes stunned renewable power lobbyists by announcing the government will approve no more wind farm proposals. Hayes said enough wind farms have been built to meet Britain’s renewable energy goals, so there is no need to blot the British landscape with more wind turbines.

"We can no longer have wind turbines imposed on communities,” said Hayes in a press statement. “I have asked the planning minister to look again at the relationship between these turbines and the landscape.”

"It seems extraordinary to have allowed them to be peppered around the country without due regard for the interests of the local community or their wishes,” Hayes added.

James M. Taylor, J.D.

James M. Taylor is managing editor of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly... (read full bio)