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Ed Davey backs renewable energy in South Gloucs

A protest over plans for a nuclear power station in Somerset has taken place at Hinkley Point. The protestors claim that the Government has agreed to pay twice the current market price for the electricity the plant will generate.

But the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Edward Davey, who was visiting a tidal power company in South Gloucestershire, has given his backing to renewable energy,

Solar farm planned for Somerton

What the planned solar farm could look like Credit: ITV News West Country

People living in Somerton are being asked to contribute their skills towards a solar farm that could provide electricity for two thousand homes in the area.

Plans are due to be submitted for the farm by Lightsource Renewable Energy in the coming weeks.

They hope the construction will provide hundreds of jobs and business opportunities.


Protest as Council discusses renewable energy

Protestors gathered outside County Hall in Truro this morning as councillors met to discuss the county's renewable energy options.

Protestors chant outside council building Credit: ITV West Country

Campaigners are concerned about the effect of wind turbines and solar farms on Cornwall's landscape. The Council is currently dealing with 400 applications for turbines in the county. Campaign group

'Protect Cornwall' say the proposed plans will affect property prices, local businesses and the tourist trade.

Campaign group 'Protect Cornwall' outside council offices Credit: ITV West Country