Scottish Renewables has found almost 50 wind farms could lose planning permission unless the government lifts its ban on onshore wind in Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions.
On 1 November, it revealed that the 47 onshore wind projects identified would add close to 1.6GW of renewable energy capacity in Scotland. They had obtained planning permission during the government’s onshore wind moratorium and will start expiring in spring 2020. It noted that other issues impacting development include the speed at which alterations to projects are held up in Scotland’s planning system, along with increased fees for planning services, business rates and aviation issues.
Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, called the government to lift the ban as a “matter of urgency” and for the issues in Scotland’s planning system to be addressed. Mack said: “Onshore wind’s popularity is at an all-time high, with 79% of people supporting the use of the technology. Scottish Renewables polling earlier this year (2019) showed that almost seven in ten Scots living in rural areas support the use of onshore wind energy, so the case is clear-cut: the UK Government’s opposition to onshore wind as wrongheaded today as it was when it curtailed this cheap, popular technology’s access to the energy market in 2015.”