Prof slams wind plans as a £124m ‘blun­der’

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THE Gov­ern­ment’s plans to pep­per Bri­tain’s coast­lines, fields and seas with wind tur­bines will cause elec­tric­ity bills to rise by more than £300 a year, it’s claimed.

Pro­fes­sor Gor­don Hughes, a top en­ergy econ­o­mist, says green en­ergy plans for the next eight years are a £124mil­lion “blun­der”.

In a re­port on how wind en­ergy will hit costs, he claims that con­sumers’ bills will soar by 58 per cent to £320 a year by 2020.

As well as blam­ing the expected in­crease on plans for wind farms, he says the huge in­vest­ment in wind en­ergy may not even re­duce gas emis­sions.

Prof Hughes, of Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity, said: “They re­quire a huge in­vest­ment in a tech­nol­ogy that is not very green, in the sense of sav­ing a lot of CO2, but which is cer­tainly very ex­pen­sive and in­flex­i­ble.

“Un­less the cur­rent Gov­ern­ment scales back its com­mit­ment to wind power, its pol­icy will be worse than a mis­take.”

But the Gov­ern­ment has de­fended its green en­ergy poli­cies.

A spokesman said: “Wind power is a home-grown, se­cure and sus­tain­able source of en­ergy.”

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