Queen announces energy bill

1st June 2015


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Emma England

A new energy bill announced in the Queen's speech will transfer consenting powers for wind farms over 50MW from the secretary of state to local councils.

The bill will "change the law in line with the [Conservative's] manifesto commitment to give local communities the final say on wind farm applications", according to Decc. Changes will also be made to the national planning policy framework to ensure the communities affected can decide planning applications for wind farms.

The new rules would not apply in Scotland or Northern Ireland, Decc said. This follows a post-election demand by Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon for Scotland to be given a greater say over any changes to energy policy.

There are only two onshore wind farms over 50MW in the pipeline for England. Three are planned for Wales, but decision-making on these may soon be devolved to the Welsh government. Plans to end subsidies for onshore wind will be delivered separately, Decc said.

The Queen also said the government will "seek effective collaboration" to combat climate change, including at the Paris conference later this year.

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