Former prime ministers, Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, are among around 30 Conservatives backing a bid to get the Government to relax a ban on new onshore wind.
Former cabinet member, Simon Clarke, has tabled an amendment to the Levelling Up Bill to allow wind farms in rural areas where there is community consent.
“We should let local communities decide whether or not they want onshore wind, perhaps linked to sensible incentives from energy companies, and not apply a blanket ban,” he said.
“Onshore wind can lower our constituents’ bills, boost our energy independence and safeguard our environment, and I am delighted so many colleagues are supporting this important amendment.”
The president of the COP26 climate summit, Alok Sharma, has also voiced his support for lifting the ban.
“Faster deployment of renewables, including onshore wind, is needed to deliver on the UK’s 2035, 100% clean electricity target,” he said.
Although there has been no official response from Downing Street, Business and Energy Secretary, Grant Shapps, hinted in an interview that there may be more onshore wind projects “where communities are in favour of it”.