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Wind Power

Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if, in order to encourage the use of wind power, he will bring forward proposals to provide for a scheme of rebates to electricity consumers who generate electricity by this means and feed surplus power into the grid, along the lines of cash incentive schemes for such users which are currently in operation in the United States of America.

The Government have no plans to introduce such a scheme. The tariff which the owner of a wind generator would receive for surplus power fed into the grid, should this be practicable, is a matter for negotiation between him and the electricity supply industry, and I am asking the chairman of the Electricity Council to write to the hon. Member on the point he has raised.