Homeowners near wind farms could receive 20% reduction on energy bills

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A reduction of up to 20% on people living near wind farms energy bills is set to be part of a number of proposals by the Government it has emerged.

A report in the Financial Times has hinted the idea will be part of energy secretary, Ed Davey's, plan to offer a number of discounts on energy bills to counter opposition to wind farms as part of a communities benefits paper said to announced on Thursday (June 5).

Free home improvements and the building of new sports halls are other ideas said to be included in the paper.

The Financial Times believes Mr Davey will use the Delabole wind farm in Cornwall as an example for his project, with him set to announce households within a mile of the development will be entitled to a 20% reduction on their energy bills.

In the face of increasing energy bills and disgruntled consumers, these measures could then be seen as a positive step by the Government to help members of the public combat higher bills. In January of this year, E.On raised its energy bills by 8.7%, joining the rest of  'Big Six' energy firms in hitting their customers with higher energy prices.

Unfortunately, for many home owners the push for more green energy could mean higher energy bills - potentially adding up to £100 per household as the Government continues its drive to deliver 30% of energy from renewable sources by 2020.

In its push for a greener Britain, the Government also launched its Green Deal in January of this year, offering energy consumers subsidies on energy efficiency improving measures such as loft insulation or the fitting of a new replacement boiler.

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