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Blocking onshore wind penalises consumers, warns new CCC report

28 June 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rob Norris
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RenewableUK is welcoming the publication of a new report by the Committee on Climate Change which urges the Government to take advantage of “simple, low cost options” like onshore wind to help meet the UK’s legally-binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


The “2018 Progress Report to Parliament” by the CCC, the Government’s independent advisory body, calls for Ministers to avoid a “poor deal for the public” as it is continuing to delay making policy decisions. The CCC is clear that UK consumers are being penalised because “there is no route to market for cheap onshore wind”.


RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said:


”Onshore wind is the cheapest source of electricity, beating every other technology on cost, including gas and nuclear. Any politician who blocks onshore wind has to explain to voters why they’re being denied the lowest-cost power source.


“Denying new projects the chance to compete against other technologies on a level playing field is out of step with the public opinion; the Government’s most recent opinion polls show an all-time high of 76% of people support onshore wind. Denying hard-press bill payers cheap electricity makes no sense. Onshore wind also brings industrial benefits to the UK”.



For further information, please contact:

  1. 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. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year.

  2. More on the Committee on Climate Change is available here.

  3. More details on the record high level of public support for onshore wind can be found here.

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