UK finally lifts restrictions against onshore wind farms
This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.
The UK has lifted a ban on subsidies for new onshore wind farms after years of refusing support while providing billions of pounds worth of benefits to the fossil fuel industry.
The move could see a rejuvenation in land based wind projects, where capacity has slumped to its lowest level since 2015.
The UK government halted subsidies for onshore wind four years ago after residents in rural areas expressed concern that more installations were blighting the visual appeal of the countryside.
These communities provided significant support to the Conservative party government and therefore were supported in their concerns despite wind turbines being one of the cheapest forms of renewable energy.
In a further boost to renewable energy, it has been announced that onshore wind and solar projects will be allowed to enter into future auctions for contracts-for-difference (which guarantee a price for power from the facilities) from 2021 – the first time since 2015.