The Government has cut the subsidy for onshore wind energy by 10 per cent. But anti-windfarm campaigners in Cumbria say the cut doesn’t go far enough and is unlikely to halt the march of the turbines.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey announced changes to support for renewables, which he said would boost clean electricity while curbing bills for consumers.
Subsidies for onshore turbines are being cut but support for tidal and wave power will double.
Mr Davey had been under pressure to make cuts of up to 25 per cent in the subsidy for onshore wind.
More than 100 MPs – including Carlisle’s John Stevenson, Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart and Workington’s Tony Cunningham – had signed a letter to the Prime Minister demanding a cut in subsidies.
Marion Fitzgerald, chairwoman of the Allerdale anti-windfarm group Friends of Rural Cumbria’s Environment (Force), was disappointed Mr Davey had not gone further.
She said: “We were hoping for a bigger cut than that. We will have to wait and see what happens.