Boris Johnson’s cabinet is split over restrictions on the development of onshore wind farm, which are cheaper than offshore turbines.
The disagreements concern over whether planning rules put in place in 2015 to stymie onshore wind expansion should be lifted.
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng support lifting planning restrictions to help foster development of home-grown onshore wind power to curb reliance on fossil fuel imports from Russia and tackle surging energy bills.
The energy independence plan should be published next week and it is expected to propose a rapid expansion of nuclear power and accelerated targets for renewables. Anyway, it is unclear whether a relaxation of planning rules around onshore wind will be included.
The shadow environment secretary, Ed Miliband, has argued that a “sprint” towards renewables, rather than investment in fracking, should be the government’s response to the crisis in Ukraine.