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The Energy Secretary Ed Davey has released this statement following John Hayes' comments about onshore wind energy:
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.
There had been "absolutely no change in government policy," the source added.
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.
- 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)
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".
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."
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 Secretary Ed Davey was reportedly so concerned about his new deputy's views on the issue that he acted to limit his responsibilities.
Quoted in the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, Mr Hayes said: