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Ending wind farm subsidies is ‘misguided’, says Unite

Ending wind farm subsidies is ‘misguided’, says Unite

18 June 2015

The announcement that new subsidies for onshore wind farms will end from April next year is ‘misguided’, Unite, the country’s largest union, warned today (Thursday 18 June).

Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “The UK faces a serious energy supply problem in the near future with the prospect of the lights going off.

“It needs to develop all sources of viable and environmentally sustainable energy, whether it is gas, nuclear, oil, renewables and coal, if that incorporates carbon capture and storage.

“Wind provided 14 per cent of the UK’s energy needs in 2014. It is an invaluable component of a balanced energy policy which we have long been advocating.

“With the closure of coal fired power stations and with the new generation of nuclear power stations yet to come on stream, it seems misguided to end these subsidies at this time.”

ENDS

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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2061 or 07768 693940.

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.