The bosses of some of the largest renewable energy companies in Britain have urged the government to allow more onshore wind turbines as part of the UK’s plan to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Executives in charge of the green energy divisions at SSE, Scottish Power and EDF have written to Kwasi Kwarteng, the energy minister, to push for an overhaul of government policy to encourage the construction of wind farms across the countryside. They said that more onshore turbines would be needed if the government was to meet the ambitious net zero target set by Theresa May, the former prime minister. Onshore wind is the cheapest form of renewable power and is Britain’s biggest green source of electricity, supplying more than 7.25 million homes. However, opponents argue that turbines pose a hazard to birds, are a blemish on the countryside and can cause noise pollution. The government scrapped subsidies in 2015, leading to a plunge in development. “A lack of supportive government policies for onshore wind means that there is a real prospect this low-cost, low-carbon power source may not be deployed at the scale required to meet net zero at least cost,” the green energy bosses said in the letter, which was organised by Renewable UK, the trade association, and was signed by other industry executives.
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