RenewableUK is today warning that the UK is significantly off track to meet the level of onshore wind needed to achieve the legally-binding 2050 net zero emissions target. New analysis from the industry body shows that shows that without a change in policy, onshore wind capacity is expected to fall nearly 40% short of the target by 2030. There is currently just over 13.5 gigawatts (GW) of onshore wind installed across the UK and the power it produces avoids over 14 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year. The Committee on Climate Change advised Government that onshore wind capacity needs to expand by at least 1GW a year to achieve our net zero emissions target, reaching 35GW by 2035. This would require approximately 29GW to be installed by 2030. New analysis by RenewableUK’s Project Intelligence team shows that, on current trend, capacity will grow to only 17.8GW by 2030. Reaching this level depends on 4.5GW of new onshore wind farms being built without Government-backed contracts for new renewable power. Instead this new capacity would rely on Power Purchase Agreements with corporates or the merchant power price. Just under 1GW (740 megawatts) would be repowered, with older turbines replaced at the end of their life by new modern turbines.
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