The UK’s onshore wind industry has been setting out its vision for the future at a conference and exhibition in Edinburgh today organised by RenewableUK. The event, “Growing Industry, Powering the Future”, was attended by more than 150 people including representatives from companies working in the sector, bodies such as National Grid, government officials and academics. Experts discussed how to deliver new projects at the lowest cost, as well as maximising opportunities for UK companies involved in the supply chain. They also focussed on the vital role of onshore wind as part of a flexible energy system, feeding power into local networks and helping to fine-tune the supply of electricity to ensure it meets demand. RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said: “Onshore wind can make a major contribution to the UK’s clean growth ambitions. As the cheapest source of new power, we expect onshore wind projects to be delivered by a number of routes, and our members are active in bringing forward projects which can be backed by Corporate Power Purchase Agreements, Contract for Difference auctions, the wholesale price of electricity or other new market opportunities. “To take full advantage of the opportunities of cheap onshore wind for consumers, businesses and investors, and to close the gap to the 5th Carbon Budget in 2032, Government should support onshore projects in Contracts for Difference auctions. Poll after poll shows onshore wind has the overwhelming support of the British public”. Today’s event was organised in partnership with ESB, RES, ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall, and sponsored by GE Renewable Energy.
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