We know we need onshore wind if we are going to meet our Net Zero target. In fact, we are going to need a whole variety of decarbonised generation capacity. So that makes The Guardian's article today pointing out that only one new onshore wind project went ahead in 2019 under the current no subsidy policy of Westminster worth highlighting. I have just listened to speakers at a Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum on UK Renewable Energy point out that there is a huge desire on the part of investors to put money into renewables but the UK is competing for that global capital like never before. I would rather us not lose out.
Personally I have no doubt we will see onshore wind re-emerge and provide a major contribution to the "step change" in renewables deployment we will need. I can say that with confidence because we are helping plenty of clients get ready for this, particularly in Scotland and Wales. The key question is when and not "if." Remember that new projects have to come through planning so there is a time lag on new development once consenting and other brakes are eased. What therefore is the logic of a delay in signalling renewed policy support?
Just one new onshore windfarm started under current UK policies in 2019