NIC investigates “unnecessary barriers” to powering UK using cheap onshore wind
13 October 2017
Posted by: Rob Norris
RenewableUK is highlighting a report by the National Infrastructure Commission which says it “will be considering whether there are unnecessary barriers in place preventing the deployment of onshore wind, one of the cheapest renewable technologies”.
The NIC’s latest report identifies 7 key priorities for the UK, which include generating low-cost, low-carbon power and cutting carbon emissions. It says “a balanced energy strategy” which “takes a credible view of policy on nuclear power, carbon capture and storage, and wind, tidal and solar power, is imperative”.
The report “Congestion, Capacity, Carbon: Priorities for National Infrastructure” notes that “onshore wind farms, one of the cheapest forms of renewable energy, are excluded from the next round of auctions for Contracts for Difference” and that “the benefits of onshore wind are not being recognised through access” to competitive auctions for financial support.
RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck, said: “The National Infrastructure Commission is right to examine the exclusion of new onshore wind from the energy mix. Yesterday the Government set out an ambitious Clean Growth Strategy to transform our economy which celebrated the success to date, and the future potential, of our cheap renewables industry.
“Ministers should take a fresh look at onshore wind as a way to deliver their Clean Growth Strategy and the upcoming Industrial Strategy objectives because it’s the cheapest way to generate power. Onshore wind deserves the freedom to compete against other technologies”.
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RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries. Formed in 1978, and with more than 400 corporate members, RenewableUK is the country’s leading renewable energy trade association.
The National Infrastructure Commission provides Government with impartial, expert advice on major long-term infrastructure challenges. Its latest report is here.