Six Members of Parliament have asked a series of trenchant questions in the House of Commons about why the government is failing to maximise the use of onshore wind, as it is the cheapest way to generate new power for consumers. Onshore wind is currently excluded from competing for Government-backed contracts to generate power. In May, the Government’s advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, suggested that the UK’s onshore wind capacity could be increased from 13 gigawatts (GW) now to 35GW by 2035 as part of a low-cost energy strategy to reach net zero emissions. Research by independent analysts Vivid Economics shows that if these new onshore wind projects were allowed to go ahead, bill payers would save £50 per year, and thousands of jobs would be created. In their new report, “Quantifying the economic benefits of onshore wind to the UK”, published in full for the first time today, Vivid Economics show that building this onshore wind instead of gas plants would save an average household £50 a year in 2035 and reduce the cost of electricity by 7%. It would also support 31,000 jobs by 2035, with 14,000 directly employed in the industry (up from 5,300 direct jobs now).
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