Onshore wind farms revived: Turbines are to receive a cash boost in reversal of ...

Onshore wind farms revived: Turbines are to receive a cash boost as ministers perform dramatic reversal of David Cameron policy in bid to reduce UK's greenhouse gas emissions Ministers will free up public cash to help Britain cut greenhouse gases Government says wind and solar can take part in low-carbon power auctions They aim to cut country's greenhouse gas emissions to 'net zero' by 2050

By Colin Fernadez For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:55 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 10:54 GMT, 3 March 2020

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Ministers have performed a dramatic U-turn on the future of onshore wind farms and announced that they will free up public cash to help Britain cut greenhouse gases.

Onshore wind turbines were blocked from receiving public funds in 2016 – after then Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to get rid of the 'unsightly structures'.

The measure was criticised as it made it much harder for turbines, the cheapest form of clean energy, to compete with other types of power.

A view of turbines at Whitelee Windfarm in East Renfrewshire, Scotland, the UK's largest onshore wind farm

A view of turbines at Whitelee Windfarm in East Renfrewshire, Scotland, the UK's largest onshore wind farm

But now the Government is under pressure to meet a target to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions to 'net zero' by 2050 – so more turbines will be needed. As a result, the Government has said that onshore wind and solar can take part in low-carbon power auctions – where energy contracts are awarded after competitive bids.

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