Criticism of onshore wind farms as an expensive, unreliable and unfair way of generating electricity financed by unaudited public money is not an attack on the SNP or Scottish independence, according to a leading environmentalist.
Helen McDade, of the John Muir Trust, will tell today’s first national anti-wind farm conference that the issue must be addressed by all parties across the UK.
The JMT is seeking a new environmental designation to protect wild land and wants politicians to adopt a different approach in a new national energy strategy which diverts the public money going into Renewable Obligation Certificates to subsidise wind farms.
Around 300 campaigners from across Scotland are expected to attend the conference at Ayr Racecourse today.
Ms McDade said: “Money is being taken from the poorest in society on their electricity bills to be given to rich land owners and multi-national companies and is not being audited properly through the tax system. This isn’t an attack on the SNP or Scottish independence. The UK can’t afford this.”
A Scottish Government spokesman said only the right applications in the right places would be approved. He said bills are rising due to volatile wholesale fuel prices, while renewables incentives currently added around £15 to annual bills.
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