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03 Dec 2009 11:12:15

Tories 'will reward renewable energy communities'



Tories 'will reward renewable energy communities'
Smaller communities that agree to host windfarms will reap the rewards under a Conservative government.

That is according to shadow energy and climate change secretary Greg Clark, who agued that the party was dedicated to boosting community support for the green energy facilities.

Speaking at Oxford University, the minister explained that areas which host windfarms will be allowed to keep any increase in business rates as a result of the energy generators for the first six years of its operations.

This would equate to around £72,000 a year from a five-turbine 10MW windfarm, the minister added.

"Rather than the government tell people who oppose a wind farm in their community that they should consider themselves immoral, why not let communities who do their bit share in the benefits with cheap electricity and the business rates going direct to the community?" said Mr Clark.

"In the green policies, as in others, the most powerful role the state can play is to empower rather than to direct."

Mr Clark's comments follow a number of speeches given by the Tories recently outlining how the party would tackle climate change.

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