28 Jul 2009 10:07:05
Conservatives accused of holding back UK wind power
Local authorities in the UK run by the Conservatives are blocking three times as many windfarms as they approve, it has been warned.
According to Greenpeace, Tory councillors dismissed a large number of renewable energy developments between December 2005 and November 2008, the Guardian reports.
During the same period, it found that Labour-controlled councils only just approved slightly more windfarms than they turned down.
The newspaper explained that the data, which Greenpeace has shared with the Department of Energy and Climate Change, is important in the context of what is going on with Vestas.
The UK's only wind turbine manufacturer has threatened to close its Isle of Wight manufacturing facility because of a lack of domestic demand.
John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace, was quoted by the publication as saying: "One of the reasons Britain's green industrial revolution is yet to take off is the lack of domestic demand for wind turbines and a key reason for that has been the attitude of many Conservative councils."
He urged David Cameron to pledge the Conservative party's support to targets being set on renewable energy. http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/