12:24 pm, Wed 31 Oct 2012
PM confirms no policy change on renewable energy
Alex Forrest - Political Correspondent
Questioned at PMQs on the apparent Cabinet disagreement on wind farms, the Prime Minister has to reiterate that there is no change towards renewable energy.
Ed Miliband had asked him who he supported: the Energy Minister John Hayes or Energy Secretary Ed Davey.
11:06 am, Wed 31 Oct 2012
Ed Davey: No change to Govt policy on renewable energy
The Energy Secretary Ed Davey has released this statement following John Hayes' comments about onshore wind energy:
There has been no change to Government policy on renewable energy, as collectively agreed by the Coalition Cabinet ...
There are no targets - or caps - for individual renewable technologies such as onshore wind. Nor are there reviews being done of onshore wind on the basis of landscape or property values.
What we’re currently consulting on are ways of making sure local communities feel the benefit of hosting wind farms, and whether our understanding of future costs is accurate.
Onshore wind is one of the cheapest renewables, which is why we’ve been able to cut the subsidy. It has an important role to play in our energy future.
– ed davey, energy secretary
10:31 am, Wed 31 Oct 2012
Report: Ed Davey 'vetoed' lines from a speech by John Hayes
Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary Ed Davey heavily edited a speech to be made by his minister John Hayes about renewable energy, Politics Home reports.
The website quotes a Lib Dem source as saying: “This may be the speech that John Hayes and the Tory Tea Party wanted but it wasn't even delivered because he was told not to.”
Mr Davey allegedly vetoed key lines from Mr Hayes’ speech after seeing its first draft.
10:05 am, Wed 31 Oct 2012
DECC: 'Absolutely no change' in coaliton policy on wind turbines
A source from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has told the BBC that Mr Hayes "does not make final decisions" on renewable energy policy.
There had been "absolutely no change in government policy," the source added.
10:02 am, Wed 31 Oct 2012
Renewables industry body seeks 'clarity' over coalition policy
The deputy chief executive of RenewableUK - a trade association for the renewables industry - has said he is "disappointed" by Mr Hayes' comments.
Maf Smith told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that his comments do not sit comfortably with what he said at a renewables conference last night.
At our conference he was talking about the importance of renewables in the mix, the importance of wind, the importance of jobs and securing benefits for renewables.
What we would like is clarity about those views. We understand some of those things that have been said in print this morning are not Government policy.
– Maf Smith, chief executive, RenewableUK
9:55 am, Wed 31 Oct 2012
Onshore wind energy in the UK
More than 340 onshore wind projects - or 3,327 wind turbines - currently in the UK
Current capacity generates 5,028 MW - enough to power about 3.76m homes
4,000 onshore wind turbines due to be built by 2020
Target to produce 30% of all UK electricity from renewable sources by 2020
UK's first wind farm built in Cornwall in 1991
(Sources: RenewableUK, DECC)
9:44 am, Wed 31 Oct 2012
Report: Lib Dem source calls John Hayes' actions 'very silly'
The Guardian's political editor has quoted a source in Liberal Democrat party as saying that John Hayes' comments on wind turbines are not coalition policy:
Labour's parliamentary candidate for Lincoln, Lucy Rigby, appeared to back up the story, branding the episode "energy shambles".
9:23 am, Wed 31 Oct 2012
Greenpeace slams 'petulant' wind farm attack
John Hayes’ petulant outburst adds to the Coalition’s growing energy shambles and to a deepening divide within Government between those who care about green growth and the economy and those who just want more oil and gas.
Here is a new minister veering off brief and publicly contradicting his bosses. His comments threaten jobs and his approach will drive up energy bills.
Cameron needs to take charge, decide which side he’s on and reassure industry and investors that John Hayes won't go over their heads and make policy over the phone to the Daily Mail.
– Leila Deen, Greenpeace Energy Campaigner
9:17 am, Wed 31 Oct 2012
Wind farms are a 'dead end'
Sir Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher's former press secretary, and now secretary of the pressure group Supporters of Nuclear Energy, said: "Reality is dawning. This was always a dead end and a very destructive and expensive dead end, both on-shore and off-shore."
9:11 am, Wed 31 Oct 2012
Davey 'tried to limit minster's powers' over wind farm concerns
John Hayes' bold talk will delight scores of Conservative MPs who have been urging David Cameron to block further expansion of onshore wind farms, but infuriate Liberal Democrats.
Energy Minister John Hayes earlier this month
Credit: David Jones/PA Wire
Energy Secretary Ed Davey was reportedly so concerned about his new deputy's views on the issue that he acted to limit his responsibilities.