Industry applauds Labour's promise to end onshore wind ban in England

By: Chloe Emanuel

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19/06/2024 Renewable UK

In a significant policy announcement at RenewableUK's Global Offshore Wind conference, Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change and Net Zero Ed Miliband declared that a future Labour government would lift the nine-year de facto ban on onshore wind in England. This pledge has been warmly received by offshore industry leaders.

RenewableUK’s Head of Policy, James Robottom, expressed strong support for the announcement. "Lifting the ban on onshore wind in England would enhance our nation’s energy security and provide more clean electricity for consumers from one of our cheapest sources of new power," Robottom stated.

He highlighted the potential for substantial economic benefits, emphasising that new planning policies could unlock billions of pounds in clean energy investments. Robottom also urged politicians to set ambitious targets, advocating for 30 GW of onshore wind by 2030, which could significantly boost the economy and create 27,000 jobs.

The announcement marks a major shift in energy policy, aiming to accelerate the development of onshore wind projects, provided they have local community support.

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