Onshore wind on its knees in England but Scotland keeps faith. Latest industry data shows just handful of turbines installed or planned in England but ‘healthy pipeline’ north of the border. English planners received just one new onshore wind application and approved a paltry three new turbines last year, according to data from industry body RenewableUK highlighting a stark contrast with thriving activity levels in Scotland. With the consented turbines totaling 1.9MW and an application for 5MW, latest data from RenewableUK shows onshore wind activity virtually dried up in England in 2019 under the twin pressures of restrictive planning rules and exclusion from the UK’s contract-for-difference (CfD) support mechanism. In Scotland, where the devolved government is far more planning-friendly to onshore wind, there was a “healthy pipeline” of 556MW across 26 projects consented and almost 2GW of applications, said the industry group. With supportive policies, open spaces and good wind resources, Scotland has emerged rapidly as the likely location for the majority of future onshore development, while England remains far more challenging under regulations introduced by the ruling Conservative government in 2015.
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