ScottishPower is getting set for a major expansion of onshore windfarm projects, driven by an expectation the government will perform a U-turn on its support.
On 24 November, The Guardian reported that close to 100 sites have already been assessed and would use a smaller number of more powerful wind turbines to generate clean electricity. The majority of these sites are situated in Scotland, though there are others also being considered in Ireland. The report explained that due to the need for cheap, clean energy to ensure that the UK can hit its climate goals, ScottishPower is expecting the Conservatives’ current block on onshore generation o be removed in the next parliament.
Lindsay McQuade, Chief Executive of ScottishPower Renewables, said: “Scottish Power is developing an ambitious pipeline of onshore renewables that could deliver investment, create jobs and power our lives in the most economic way possible – if the commitment of net zero is to be a reality, I expect to see support from government to match it.”
McQuade added that they were expecting to see cross-party commitment to deliver a viable route to market for onshore wind, owed to there being a “broad political consensus” to decarbonise the economy as rapidly as possible.