New onshore wind turbines could soon begin spinning as fresh support for onshore wind plans grows within the Conservative Party and wind-swept local communities. Government ministers have hinted that the block on wind farms could fall away in the case of communities which don’t oppose the plans. The softening stance was welcomed by an influential Tory backbencher earlier this week who said the energy source is due a rehabilitation from its toxic reputation. James Heappey, who also sits on the parliamentary group for energy studies, said “the enemy of green energy, in the mind of the public, is the link between green energy and subsidy.” It is time to “rehabilitate onshore wind”, for the communities which want them, now that the cost of wind power technology has plummeted, he told delegates of a London conference. The vote of support for onshore wind has emerged as fresh research shows almost seven in ten Scots living in rural areas support the use of onshore wind energy. Richard Black, director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), said: “Given that onshore wind is now the cheapest form of new electricity generation bar none, and that we have a government committed to keeping energy bills low, you do wonder when exactly dots will be joined, especially since the government has just set the UK on the road to net zero emissions.”
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A Green MSP in Fife has called on the UK Government to re-introduce the cash support on the back of the survey, so more energy projects can go ahead. The Survation study for Scottish Renewables found 66% of rural Scots support the use of onshore wind energy, while 11% are opposed to new farms. WWF Scotland said the poll is “another nail in the coffin for the myth that renewables are unpopular”.
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