More than 150 MPs and environmental groups have signed a letter to the Prime Minister to press the government to remove barriers to onshore wind in the UK.
The MPs asked for:
- Amendments to the National Planning Policy Framework to ensure onshore wind developments of less than 5MW are treated the same as other renewable or low carbon energy
- Onshore wind to be allowed to lower power prices through the resumption of competitive electricity market auctions for low carbon energy for the cheapest technologies.
The letter states: “Onshore wind is the cheapest new source of energy in the UK today – and the UK is the windiest country in Europe. Wind has great potential to benefit our local communities, our economy and our environment…onshore wind can play a key role in an ambitious industrial strategy delivering clean, cheap and smart energy to businesses and consumers alike.