Government shift in onshore wind policy
The Government is reportedly set to reverse its moratorium on onshore wind energy, following sustained pressure from business and industry groups, including ECA.
Four years after the Government ended subsidies for onshore wind development, onshore wind and solar projects will once again be allowed to compete in the next round of Government-backed auctions, called Contracts for Difference, alongside other renewable energy technologies.
The move comes shortly after ECA wrote to Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng calling for the Government to end its moratorium on onshore wind generation. The letter also called for equality in the funding and planning regime for onshore wind.
“This is likely to deliver net savings for billpayers, and net benefits for the environment, although the devil will be in the detail", commented ECA energy solutions advisor Luke Osborne.