Onshore windfarm opposition risks UK jobs, says Davey

Energy secretary says Tory ideological stance is putting off investors and lack of turbines will raise consumer bills

Energy secretary Ed Davey has warned that the Conservative partys opposition to onshore wind turbines risks undermining the creation of British jobs as new data showed 15,400 people are now employed in the wind power industry.

The data from trade body RenewableUK shows a 70% rise in jobs in the wind power industry since 2010, while wind supplied 9% of all UK electricity. The industry attracted £2.6bn of investment in 2013-14, of which £1.1bn stayed in the UK.

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