Report makes case for government to back onshore wind sector

The findings of a new report have seen MPs question why the government has failed to maximise the use of onshore wind. Published on16 July, the research, produced by Vivid Economics for RenewableUK, found that if the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) suggestion UK onshore wind capacity could be increased to 35GW by 2035 then billpayers would save £50/ year and see the creation of 31,000 jobs.

The report, Quantifying The Economic Benefits of Onshore Wind to the UK, further set out that it could cut the cost of electricity by 7%. When giving evidence to the BEIS Committee, Interim Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore was questioned on why the UK government had not been doing more to support the onshore wind sector.

Deputy Chief Executive of RenewableUK, Emma Pinchbeck, called on government to take account of what MPs had said and take a fresh look at onshore wind. Pinchbeck said: “As the government has set a legally binding target to reach net zero emissions by 2050, it needs to use the cheapest technology to get there, which is onshore wind. Onshore wind is popular, as are lower electricity bills and skilled jobs it creates.”