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Ban on new onshore wind farms may cost UK up to USD 1.3 Billion

Energy bills in the UK might see a huge increase from the government's subsidy ban for new onshore wind farms.

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The UK's subsidy ban for new onshore wind farms could tack GBP 1 billion (USD 1.3 billion) onto power bills over five years by eschewing one of the cheapest forms of clean energy.

Generating power from new onshore wind farms would be GBP 100 million a year cheaper than doing so from new nuclear reactors or biomass plants, and at least GBP 30 million cheaper than under the latest offshore wind-power contracts, according to research by the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit, a London-based non-profit group.

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