Doubling the UK’s onshore wind capacity by 2030 would reduce consumer bills by £16.3 billion over the course of the decade. The cost of electricity from new onshore wind projects is now lower than the wholesale electricity price, and is forecast to get even cheaper, according to RenewableUK’s new Onshore Wind Industry Prospectus. As such the trade association is urging the government to double its current UK onshore capacity target, allowing it to play a greater role in reaching a net zero electricity system by 2035 – a pledge announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this month. Doubling capacity would not only lead to an annual saving of £25 for every household, it would also generate £45 billion of economic activity and create 27,000 full-time jobs in the sector, including its supply chain. The onshore wind sector could sustain as much as 70% UK content as well. In particular, Scotland is set to benefit from the growing onshore wind sector, with 17,000 of the new jobs set for there, while England would see 6,000, Wales 3,000 and Northern Ireland 1,000.
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RenewableUK publishes new report detailing how expansion of onshore wind industry could help curb carbon emissions and bolster energy security. RenewableUK is calling on the government to double the UK’s current onshore wind capacity in the next decade to help ensure the country meets its 2035 target of generating 100 per cent green electricity. The renewable energy trade association has today published an Onshore Wind Industry Prospectus proposing to work with the central government and devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to accelerate the development of onshore wind farms and unlock the economic benefits projects can provide for local communities and billpayers. Currently the UK is installing on average just over 600MW a year of onshore wind capacity, but RenewableUK suggests the country needs to install 1,250MW a year to meet the Climate Change Committee’s projection for the UK to deliver 35GW of onshore wind by 2035 to help achieve net zero emissions.
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