The UK’s total onshore wind capacity could reach up to 30GW by 2030 as costs plummet and government-backed auctions for onshore renewables contracts resume after a four-year hiatus next spring, according to RenewableUK. The latest edition of the trade body’s Onshore Wind Project Intelligence report reveals the amount of operational onshore wind is set to more than double over the course of the next decade from 13.6GW today. If all the onshore projects currently being planned in the UK are consented, deployment of onshore wind capacity could reach 30.4GW by the end of 2029, a rate that broadly aligns with the recommendations of independent government advisors the Climate Change Committee (CCC), according to Renewable UK. The CCC has predicted that installing at least 35GW of onshore wind by 2035 would help the UK meet its net zero emission target while generating a raft of economic benefits to the country, including more than 30,000 jobs, £46bn in new investment, and shaving £50 a year off household energy bills. RenewableUK’s head of policy and regulation Rebecca Williams hailed the government’s decision to reintroduce onshore wind into its Contracts for Difference (CfD) clean energy auction scheme, but warned the move needed to be accompanied by a planning and policy framework that could unlock the technology’s full economic and decarbonisation potential.
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