Member of Parliament for Clacton

Douglas Carswell

23 DEC 2014

Local MP heralds defeat of wind turbine scheme

Douglas Carswell welcomed news that a monster wind turbine project near St Osyth has been defeated.

Speaking in the House of Commons last week, Douglas raised the issues of the government's energy efficiency policies and how they adversely impact household bills for gas and electricity:

"Yesterday the Prime Minister confirmed that he is happy to see the levy control framework increase to £371 per year per household by 2020. At a time of falling oil prices and at a time when the shale gas revolution holds out the tantalising prospect of cheap energy, is not the Department carrying on subsidising windmills unnecessarily, and are we not making policy on the basis of outdated assumptions that need to revised?"

He went on to say:

"The Secretary of State reels off statistics about home insulation, rather like a Soviet-era apparatchik talking about tractor production. Thousands of homes in Jaywick were promised home insulation at the beginning of this year. Why, at the end of the year, have only a handful of homes had that insulation, and why has the promise that more homes would get it evaporated?"

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