Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PM Shrugs off Concerns over Nissan Investment

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PM Shrugs off Concerns over Nissan Investment

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Byline: Jonathan Walker Political Editor jon.walker@trinitymirror.com

DAVID Cameron has dismissed claims that a decision to cut subsidies for on-shore wind farms will affect a PS3 million investment by Nissan in the North East.

The motor manufacturer said it was continuing to discuss funding with the Government.

Mr Cameron was quizzed in the House of Commons by Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson, who highlighted an announcement last year that new onshore wind farms will be excluded from a subsidy scheme from April 1, 2016 - a year earlier than expected.

>Washington MP Sharon Hodgson Nissan has applied to Sunderland City Council for permission to add five more turbines to ten already running on its site by the side of the A19, which contribute towards energy needs at its Sunderland plant where 4,500 people are employed.

Ms Hodgson told the House of Commons: "Last year, the Energy Secretary scrapped support under the renewables obligation for new onshore wind projects.

"This will impact Nissan's PS3 million investment in its wind farm in my constituency.

"Does the Prime Minister realise that his attacks on clean energy are detrimental to pro-green businesses such as Nissan? Will he look at this immediately and rectify the matter in the Energy Bill next week?" Mr Cameron said subsidies for renewable energy had to be limited because they put up fuel bills.

He said: "Every single subsidy that is given to these technologies is extra money that we put on to people's bills, making their energy more expensive.

"So it is right that we seek a balance between decarbonising our economy and making sure we do it at a low cost to our consumers and the people who pay the bills. That is what our policy is all about."

He told MPs: "We are going to see another 50% increase in onshore wind investment during this Parliament. …

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