CEN calls for route to market for onshore wind

The Conservative Environment Network (CEN) has launched the CEN Manifesto, setting out major policy considerations for the next Conservative government.

Released on Tuesday 2 July, the CEN Manifesto called for there to be a route to market for subsidy-free onshore wind by allowing it to compete in Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions. It also recommended adopting the Committee on Climate Change’s target of 75GW of offshore wind by 2050, calling for a ramping up of ambition.

Elsewhere, the document urged a review of current fiscal policies to remove barriers facing solar and batteries, while proposing a series of short-term policies to accelerate electrification of transport. These included government-backed interest free loans for electric vehicle (EV) purchases, a new tax on sales of non-EV after 2030 and create incentives for the installation of ultra-rapid EV chargers at key strategic points.