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Offshore wind farms ‘should pay compensation to communities’  

Credit:  Ben Webster | The Times | Thursday July 08 2021 | www.thetimes.co.uk ~~

Communities blighted by power lines for offshore wind farms should receive millions of pounds in compensation from a new government-backed fund, two former Conservative energy secretaries have said.

Dame Andrea Leadsom and Amber Rudd are calling on ministers to require offshore wind farm developers to pay into a new fund to bankroll better community facilities in places affected by new underground cables, electricity substations, power lines and pylons.

They suggest in a foreword to a report by Policy Exchange, a centre-right think tank, that Boris Johnson would lose support for his plans to turn the UK into the “Saudi Arabia of wind” unless the government considered ways of minimising the damage this equipment causes “to precious inland areas”.

The Times revealed last year that the

Source:  Ben Webster | The Times | Thursday July 08 2021 | www.thetimes.co.uk

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