Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has vetoed a Conservative proposal to block future onshore wind farms, senior Lib Dem sources have told the BBC.
Wind turbines based on land produced about 5% of the UK’s power last year – enough electricity for about 4m homes.
Supporters say they are the cheapest way to produce clean energy, but opponent say they are ugly and noisy.
BBC political correspondent Chris Mason says the Lib Dems want to be seen as robust defenders of green energy.
Chris Mason said a senior party source said Mr Clegg met the prime minister on Monday and vetoed a Conservative plan to reject any new onshore wind projects not already approved.
The Lib Dems said this would be “crude” and would damage the confidence of potential investors in the energy industry.
There was no response from Downing Street or the Conservatives to the claims.