More than 2,000 jobs were lost in Scotland’s onshore wind energy sector as government support was withdrawn, new statistics show. The losses between 2016 and 2017 – a 29% year-on-year reduction – reflect a UK Government decision to lock onshore wind projects out of the energy market in 2015. The fall was mirrored in solar power, where 100 Scottish jobs were lost after that technology was also left unable to access auctions to sell its clean power at scale. The new survey, conducted by the Office for National Statistics, showed employment in low-carbon heat decreased by 14% from 2,800 to 2,400. The offshore wind sector saw a 55% employment increase from 2,200 to 3,400 roles, while energy from waste and biomass jobs also increased by 75%, from 1,200 to 2,100.
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The wind-power industry’s hard work to lower the levelised cost of energy paid off in 2018, as report after report confirmed the sector as a mainstream technology that can beat most other generating sources on price. 2018 was a turning point, with several respected bodies concluding that the costs of wind-generated electricity had reached a point where wind energy could be viewed as a mainstream generation technology. To underscore this, further plans were announced for subsidy-free wind energy projects in various parts of the world. This changed perception of wind energy did not happen overnight, of course. Our cost comparison chart (below) shows onshore wind is now cheaper than gas over most of the range of wind prices.
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