A clear majority of the British public, including Conservative voters, back the development of more onshore wind turbines, polling for the trade body suggests. A survey of 3,600 adults by Yougov found that 69 per cent of respondents said that they supported building onshore wind farms, including 60 per cent of respondents who identified as Conservative voters, according to the research commissioned by RenewableUK, the wind industry group. Only 11 per cent of Tory voters strongly opposed the development of more onshore wind.
Times 16th July 2018 read more »
New analysis suggests that Danish offshore windfarms entering production in 2020 will do so at a cost of just €46 per megawatt-hour. The Danish Energy Agency said an open source levelized cost of energy (LCoE) calculator it has developed indicated that offshore wind is gaining in competitiveness with conventional generation and that offshore wind’s LCoE has already fallen further than earlier estimates suggested. “The improved calculator shows that cost reduction in some core renewable energy options is greater than expected,” said the agency. This is especially true of offshore wind energy, as a result of a combination of lower capex and declining opex and technology improvements that allow new offshore wind projects to ‘harvest’ more energy at lower cost. “This means that the LCoE for a Danish offshore wind project is expected to fall to €46/MWhr, excluding grid and system costs, for production starting in 2020,” the agency said.
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