Some see them as a blot on the landscape while others believe they could be the future of green energy, but today, those who believe wind turbines are a rural monstrosity have welcomed new rules that could make it easier to stop them from being built.
The Government has published new rules which mean communities will be consulted sooner, but those which say yes to turbines could get financial incentives. James Webster has more.
Campaigners against proposed wind farms say they welcome changes that could make it easier for them to block plans for new turbines. Howard Ferguson leads a group of demonstrators in North Yorkshire who have spent four years trying to block a proposed new wind farm development.
The government has announced changes giving communities more say in the siting of onshore wind farms, and reap increased benefits from hosting developments that do proceed. Consultations will take place sooner and there will be an increase in the value of community benefits paid for by developers.
New planning guidance will make clear that the need for renewable energy does not automatically override environmental protections and the planning concerns of local communities. It will give greater weight to landscape and visual impact concerns.
Ministers will be writing to the Planning Inspectorate and councils immediately to flag up that new guidance will become available shortly. Government will also assist local people to gain the skills they need to enable them to engage more confidently with developers.
RenewableUK, an energy trade association, said the government's proposals of giving communities a financial "sweetener" for having wind farms in their area was "uneconomic."
Developing wind farms requires a significant amount of investment to be made upfront.
Adding to this cost, by following the Government's advice that we should pay substantially more into community funds for future projects, will unfortunately make some planned wind energy developments uneconomic in England, so they will not go ahead and that is very disappointing.
That said, we recognise the need to ensure good practice across the industry and will continue to work with Government and local authorities to benefit communities right across the country which are hosting our clean energy future.
Residents will be able to stop the construction of wind farms under new guidance which puts people's concerns over the need for renewable energy.
As part of a package of measures that will significantly increase the amount of money communities will receive for agreeing to host wind farms nearby, the changes include hundreds of pounds off energy bills for householders.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey said the Government remained committed to "appropriately sited onshore wind" but a Downing Street source said David Cameron felt it was "important that local voters are taken into account."
However concerns have been raised that the new rules will mark the end of new onshore wind, making it harder to build wind farms, with not many communities keen to take up the "sweetener" of payments.
The renewables industry said that the much higher rate of payments would make some developments uneconomic and prevent them from going ahead.