Communities which agree to host a green, cheap energy generating wind farm will receive financial benefits under new plans.
The BBC reports that RenewableUK and the Department for Energy and Climate Change are set to launch a wind energy industry guarantee today (February 16th), designed to make payments to local areas that accept an onshore wind farm in their vicinity.
"The package of measures will see wind farm developments of 5MW and above that are submitted to planning authorities come with a commitment to community funds and/or benefits in kind," a statement from both bodies said.
RenewableUK's Charles Anglin told the broadcaster: "In contributing to the fight against global warming, creating jobs in the economy and securing energy supplies, local communities should get a tangible local benefit."
Meanwhile, energy minister Charles Hendry has argued that renewable energy in the form of wind power should remain as part of the UK's energy portfolio due to its relatively cheap costs.
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