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