More onshore wind may be needed

The UK has committed to generate 15 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. According to the latest government figures, the UK is already over half way towards generating 30% of its electricity from renewables – of which more than half is being provided for by wind.

Lord Deben, the Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), stated on 28 May 2014 that there were already enough onshore wind to meet targets, however RenewableUK pointed out that not all of the onshore wind projects which have been approved will get built. In addition, the UK is only a third of the way towards its target for transport fuel, and just a fifth of the way towards its target for renewable heat.

Consequently, more onshore wind may be needed to make up for a possible shortfall in other parts of the energy mix. The CCC has previously acknowledged that onshore wind is one of the cheapest renewable technologies and public support for onshore wind has reached a record high of 70%.

The British public strongly support the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy sources, so let’s hope all targets set by the CCC will be met and the UK will be able to wave the green flag for renewables.