The government is bonkers not to be backing onshore wind. WWF’s Gareth Redmond-King argues onshore wind is vital if the UK is to decarbonise in the cheapest way possible. Wind turbines are routinely used as the icons of clean energy; over the last few months and years, they’ve certainly earned that status. More than 60 years before the first turbine was connected to the power grid, the first wind generating device was built by Scottish electrical engineer, James Blyth, in 1887. However, it’s only been over the last decade that wind has become a major part of the UK’s power generation. Now, with more than 12GW of installed onshore wind and 5.7GW of offshore, they are a part of the UK landscape and seascape. But most startling of all has been the plummeting costs. Onshore wind has now become competitive with new gas and represents the cheapest option for generating electricity; offshore wind just smashed all expectations with new projects now falling below the cost of new nuclear and becoming competitive with new gas in the early 2020s. Amazing – icon status well and truly earned.
Business Green 14th Nov 2017 read more »
ONE of Ireland’s leading energy companies has opened an office in Scotland to support the development of renewable energy projects. ESB officially opened its Glasgow office yesterday, and has earmarked 800MW of clean electricity generation in Scotland, primarily onshore wind. Working in partnership with windfarm developers, including through development partnerships with Coriolis and REG Holdings, ESB has eleven windfarms in development, aiming to bring its total investment in onshore wind across Great Britain to over one gigawatt by 2030.
The National 15th Nov 2017 read more »