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Inquiry to be made into rural impact of electricity infrastructure

The government is conducting an inquiry into the impact of electricity infrastructure on rural areas, reported the BBC News.

It is being carried out by officials at the Department of Energy and Climate change (DECC) and the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The new report may offer a clearer idea of the future of onshore wind power.

The report will cover the whole range of renewable energy in the UK countryside, including wind turbines, pylons, hydroelectricity, solar energy and wave power.

Renewable energy projects have proved divisive in some rural communities, with a small number of landowners getting rich on turbines - and a larger number of local people complaining about property prices going down and holidaymakers staying away.

The report, which covers the whole of the UK, will ask if anything more needs to be done to ensure that local people are compensated for wind farms on their doorstep.

Onshore wind energy is a tense issue between the two departments involved.

Decc, run by the Lib Dem Ed Davey, is expecting to more or less double the amount of turbines between now and 2020.

Government figures show onshore wind to be much the cheapest way of meeting renewable energy targets and Decc says affordability of energy is essential.

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