As an island nation, the UK is lucky to have some of the best wind resource in Europe – it would be madness for us not to use this natural, secure, sustainable and free resource!
We are committed to supporting the development of both off and onshore wind. Even without emissions reduction and renewable energy goals the UK would still need onshore wind. It protects us against over-reliance on other sources such as gas, which is also part of the mix but where prices recently reached a six-year high.
The UK must replace around a fifth of our ageing electricity generation over the next decade. New nuclear power won’t be generating till towards the end of the decade, or fossil fuels with carbon capture and offshore wind prices will take time to reduce. This is the gap that onshore wind can fill. We recognise that some people dislike it, and we are making changes to give local communities more of a say and a stake in the windfarms they host. They can be reassured the country won’t be carpeted with wind turbines: most of the development we need is already built or in the planning system.
And wind farms also bring other benefits. Since the start of this financial year, we have seen over £600 million of investment in the industry, and the creation of hundreds of supply chain and manufacturing jobs which will drive economic growth.
Investors should be assured that we are committed to wind for the long term. – It is a vital to our low carbon energy mix, to tackling climate change and creating economic growth.