Energy secretary Ed Davey has rejected suggestions that the government could be set to withdraw support for onshore wind farms.
Conservative minister John Hayes – promoted to the cabinet in prime minister David Cameron’s recent reshuffle – had told newspapers earlier in the week that the British countryside was “peppered” with turbines and that “enough is enough”.
However, the Guardian quotes a source from the Department of Energy and Climate Change as saying that Mr Hayes had planned to make the remarks in a speech delivered on Tuesday evening, but had been prevented from doing so by Mr Davey.
“What he planned to say was not government policy; will not be government policy. It might be what the Tory party would like to be energy policy, but it is not,” the source said. “The only way we are going to meet our targets is if we include renewable energy which is ultimately a cheap form of energy, and in parts of Wales and Scotland is popular.”
The row came after a report from industry body Renewable UK claimed that Britain’s renewable energy capacity could overtake that of nuclear power by 2018.