Selby and Ainsty MP Nigel Adams won a significant victory in the House of Commons this week after MP’s narrowly passed his bill calling for the abolition of subsidies for onshore wind farms on to the next stage of parliamentary scrutiny.
Mr Adams’ ten minute rule bill was passed by 59 votes to 57, one of the slimmest majorities that any vote has had in this session of parliament.
Many Conservative MP’s supported Mr Adams’ bill which proposes to stop taxpayers subsidies for windfarm developers and operators. Many Lib Dem and Labour MPs opposed the bill and would prefer to see taxpayers money spent on renewable technology which many consider inefficient.
Mr Adams said: “I am not against all renewable energy subsidies, but we should be supporting technologies that are effective in producing power when we need it and not just when the wind blows. There are technologies that get a relatively poor deal from the subsidy market, and when we look at the efficiency data for onshore wind, we can see why wind is a bad deal for taxpayers.”
“Onshore wind farms are dependent on the wind blowing at the right speed in order to reach maximum output. Because wind speed is variable, so too is the output of Britain’s onshore wind farms. As a result, onshore wind farms are unable to respond to spikes in demand, in contrast to other forms of low carbon generation such as the biomass conversion projects that are being so ably demonstrated at Drax power station in my constituency and that I hope will shortly be introduced at Eggborough power station.”
Full script of Nigel Adams speech can be read here http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2015-01-21a.230.0
The bill will now have a second reading on 6 March. Ten minute rule bills are not binding and do not tend to pass into law. However, Mr Adams added: “I am delighted that David Cameron agrees with me and has pledged to scrap onshore windfarm subsidies if Conservatives win a majority at the next election.”