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Wind needs to be a part of the UK energy mix - 21st November


During the run up to the 2015 election the Conservative Party said in their manifesto that they would “halt the spread of subsidised onshore wind farms”. This was effectively a ban on one of the cheapest forms of power generation, a technology that is currently providing 6% of the UK’s electricity needs and has the backing of almost ¾ of the UK public.

The Conservatives also inserted a second clause to their manifesto, a commitment to achieve the “lowest cost decarbonisation” for the taxpayer. Onshore wind is the cheapest form of renewable energy, on a par with new gas fired power stations and wind can currently undercut these stations in windier locations.

The new Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy department's updated report on cost projections for technologies shows onshore wind becoming undeniably cheaper than new gas by somewhere between 2018 and 2020. By 2025 they expect it to leave gas for dead on cost. The fact remains that you cannot try and design a new low cost energy source without including Onshore Wind in the mix.

On the 17th November members of climate charity 10:10 placed small pinwheels in parliament square to celebrate the 18,000 they collected demanding the UK government does not give further tax payers income to fossil fuels.

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