New onshore wind farms still possible without subsidies, says Amber Rudd

Energy secretary says three large developers have expressed interest in onshore UK wind projects despite the government’s decision to end financial support

New onshore wind farms could be built in the UK without subsidies, according to the energy secretary Amber Rudd.

The Conservative government recently moved to block future onshore turbines by removing financial support and giving local communities the final say. Critics said the step would increase energy bills as additional clean energy from more expensive technologies would be needed to replace wind power.

Related: Tories to end onshore windfarm subsidies in 2016

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