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Rudd reveals scale of onshore wind retreat

Words: Huw Morris
Amber Rudd

Around 250 onshore wind projects totalling 2,500 turbines are unlikely to be built owing to the government’s decision to end public subsidies, energy secretary Amber Rudd told MPs.

Last week the government announced moves to close the Renewables Obligation to new onshore wind projects from April 2016.

Around 7.1GW of onshore wind capacity across the country is “unlikely to go ahead as result of the announcement”, Rudd said.

The energy secretary also told MPs that the Planning Inspectorate would not be able to overturn council decisions to refuse permission for onshore wind projects.