Shouldn’t you focus on offshore and hydro projects rather than onshore wind farms?
Onshore wind is one of the most cost-effective and proven renewable energy technologies. For this reason onshore wind can and should be an essential part of our strategy for achieving our 2020 and 2050 renewable energy targets.
Onshore wind in the UK is very heavily subsidised by the Government isn’t it?
The Conservative Party had a clear manifesto commitment going into the 2015 general election to “end any new public subsidy” to onshore wind. In 2015 the Conservative Government closed the Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) certificate regime — which was due to close to new entrants in 2017 — to onshore wind a year early. In line with its manifesto commitment the Government has also barred onshore wind from bidding for future rounds of Contracts for Difference (CfD). So currently onshore wind will not receive any subsidy going forward. Indeed future wind farms cannot get access to the national grid at the moment.
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