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UKIP condemns EU decision to allow taxpayer-funded subsidies to investors in wind turbines
Date 16/04/2015 15:59  Author webmaster  Hits 1187  Language Global
"One only needs to look at the UK government plans to allow an international consortium to build 400 wind turbines off the Yorkshire coast. The project will be subsidised by British taxpayers by as much as £900m a year, and after ten years it will deliver over £1bn a year in profits to the investors." - UKIP Energy Spokesman Roger Helmer MEP.

Press release


UKIP has condemned the European Commission's decision to allow multi-millions in German state subsidies to investors in off-shore wind turbines.

UKIP energy spokesman Roger Helmer MEP said: "The Green ideologues at the European Commission are pushing for taxpayer subsidies across the EU for wind energy projects that are unreliable, uneconomic and deadly to migratory and sea birds.
 
"The vast taxpayer-funded subsidies the EU are encouraging for so-called renewable energy projects will never deliver reliable energy to customers. The subsidies will only make the rich investors building these projects even richer. They will undermine investors who are putting their own money into power stations run on gas and other reliable and inexpensive fuels," said Helmer.
 
"Today the European Commission has announced that German government plans to subsidise 20 offshore wind turbine projects being built for €29.3bn (£22bn) will not breach EU rules against state aid which might distort competition. This is clearly untrue.



"One only needs to look at the UK government plans to allow an international consortium to build 400 wind turbines off the Yorkshire coast. The project will be subsidised by British taxpayers by as much as £900m a year, and after ten years it will deliver over £1bn a year in profits to the investors.
 
"Yet none of these hugely expensive wind turbine projects will replace fossil fuel power stations, which must remain ready to continue to provide a ready source of fuel for British customers," said Helmer.


Related:
State aid: Commission approves support to 20 offshore wind farms in Germany (European Commission Press release)
The great wind farm farce (The Telegraph)
Gold in them there windmills (The Telegraph)
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