Doubling onshore wind would take bill pressure off: To decrease energy bills, the sector has pushed the government to quadruple the onshore wind objective by 2030.

RenewableUK predicts that doubling the country’s onshore wind capacity to 30GW may lower consumer costs by £16.3 billion by 2030.

According to the trade organisation, this would result in a £25 yearly savings for each home.

The enhanced onshore wind target is expected to produce £45 billion in economic activity and 27,000 new employment in the industry.

“As it is one of the cheapest ways to generate new power, onshore wind will reduce energy bills for consumers who are being hit hard by massive increases in gas prices.” said, Matthieu Hue, Chief Executive Officer of EDF Renewables and Chair of RenewableUK’s Onshore Wind Steering Group,

“It can also create tens of thousands of high-quality jobs in parts of the UK which need levelling up.”

“We are calling for the government to set a target to double the UK’s current onshore wind capacity by 2030, so we can stay on course for net zero and to reach the Prime Minister’s target of 100% green electricity by 2035.” said RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Officer Dan McGrail.

“Doing so will require investment in our grid, annual auctions for contracts to generate clean power and reforming the planning system so that the voices of the vast majority of people who support onshore wind are listened to, at the moment less than half the capacity we need to install each year is being approved.”

“Onshore wind, alongside other renewables, will have an important role to play in helping us to decarbonise the UK’s whole electricity system by 2035.” said an government spokesperson.

“Latest figures indicate we now have over 14GW of onshore wind capacity installed in the UK, enough to power over 10 million UK homes.”

“We have already announced that onshore wind projects will be able to compete in the next Contracts for Difference allocation round, which will aim to deliver up to double the renewable capacity of the last round.”

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