Onshore wind policy consultation in Scotland launch at Kype Muir

We were pleased to show support for the recent policy consultation launch at our Kype Muir Wind farm, which we believe can deliver the right projects in the right place, in the right way for onshore renewables, building on the model of socio-economic benefits which makes onshore wind unique in the current landscape of renewable energy sources.

Low-cost electricity, tackling climate change, keeping bills low

The policy sets out an ambition of adding a further 8-12GW of onshore wind capacity by 2030, with opportunities existing not just in new developments but also in repowering projects, with advanced technology opening up new and smarter avenues through which to increase capacity in a more sustainable way. Onshore wind generates 58% of the renewable energy produced in Scotland today, displacing 14 million tons of CO2 from the grid and is by far the most economical form of renewable energy available, providing security of supply at a time when fuel prices are an important issues for many communities around the UK.

Lesley McNeil, head of Onshore Wind Policy, at our round table discussion following a successful launch event

Good Policy delivers for communities and the world

This supportive policy environment allows us at Banks to develop projects which deliver genuine and long-lasting legacies within communities, in part through our Connect2Renewables programme which prioritises local jobs, contracts and skills development. This sits within our wider Development with care approach which communicates our commitment to collaborating effectively with the local community in order to deliver positive outcomes for the environment, people and the economy in conjunction.

From feedback received during our launch event, we heard community members underline the importance of local sustainable jobs throughout the project lifetime as well as the long term, tangible benefits that skills development and education can bring to a community. Empowering communities to take grassroots climate action and lead their own strategic investment also emerged as a key outcome of community benefit models, with this underlining the range of positive impacts offshore wind can bring to communities.

Tom Barbour from Climate Action Strathaven presenting the community's view at our round table launch.

Creating the foundation for innovation

We are pleased to see that the policy consultation takes in key issues facing the industry so that we can capitalise on the opportunity to deliver great projects, including the issues of  Eskdalemuir, aviation and grid.

 We have a fantastic opportunity to broaden the positive impact of the technology on the road to net-zero by integrating other storage and energy intermittency solutions such as hydrogen into the sites.  We are working in collaboration with others to support the deployment of these within our projects and are therefore eager to support the consultation which has wisely taken this into it’s scope.

From net-zero to net-positive

Onshore wind projects are delivered on land and in communities in a way which is unique to the technology and, as such, we are pleased to see the consultation for the policy bringing the critical issues of land use, biodiversity and climate change together with the policy’s holistic view of success.  We believe passionately that a policy environment which places emphasis on these issues and promotes their importance in planning success will eventually help create a better way of deploying renewables for everyone, tackling systemic environmental issues in tandem with the wellbeing of the communities who host them.

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