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Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what protocols he has established for end-of-life provision for wind turbines.

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Charles Hendry (The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change; Wealden, Conservative)

There are mechanisms in place to ensure that wind farms onshore and offshore are decommissioned safely by the developers of those projects when they cease operating. Offshore, there is a statutory decommissioning scheme which allows the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to compel wind farm developers to submit costed programmes for the removal of their projects with funds set aside for that purpose. For onshore wind, requirements for the decommissioning of a site will normally be set out as a condition of consent or planning approval. Developers will work with the relevant local planning authorities to make the necessary arrangements for the removal of wind turbines and for the land to be restored to an acceptable condition, the full costs of which are borne by the developer.

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