Scotland needs to install a new generation of larger wind turbines – both in new projects and in re-fitting ageing plant – to cut costs. This is one of a series of recommendations which could make Scotland’s next generation of onshore wind projects at least 20% cheaper if Scottish and UK Governments work with industry and regulators to remove a series of barriers, a new report has found. Onshore wind is already one of the lowest-cost forms of new electricity generation and the expert report shows that industry could cut costs by a further £150 million a year. That saving would come from making a series of changes including installing the latest – and bigger – wind turbines and extending the life of existing ones.
Scottish Energy News 18th Aug 2016 read more »
A series of changes could cut the cost of onshore wind projects in Scotland by more than a fifth (22 per cent), a study from Scottish Renewables has found. The total cost of Scotland’s 7GW project pipeline could be slashed by as much as £150 million each year, if they are implemented. Reforming the planning system to make it “smarter” offers the largest savings. The most effective single change would be to use planning guidelines to encourage developers to use the latest technologies featuring larger rotor diameters and hub heights. This alone could cut the levelised cost of energy by as much as £11/MWh. The report said guidelines should be established to make it easier to redevelop existing sites, and that doing so could add 1GW of capacity to the existing pipeline. The consent process should be improved to make it more “coherent” and “consistent”.
Utility Week 17th Aug 2016 read more »