Onshore wind energy may be vital for UK energy goalsJune 2, 2014
Onshore wind may not be receiving the attention it needs
RenewableUK, the United Kingdom’s leading renewable energy trade association, has responded to comments made by the Chairmen of the Committee on Climate Change, whom suggested that onshore wind energy is currently at a point where it can meet the United Kingdom’s energy goals in 2020. RenewableUK claims that the focus on onshore wind power may need to be increased in order to compensate for shortfalls in other energy fields. Without increasing the country’s wind energy capacity, the UK may not be able to meet its own energy goals.
UK may need to focus on onshore wind in order to meet its own energy goals
RenewableUK believes that onshore wind power may need to account for more of the country’s renewable energy capacity than it currently does. The United Kingdom aims to have no less than 15% of its electrical power come from renewable sources by 2020 and the country has been focusing its support on various forms of clean energy. Some forms of renewable energy, however, have failed to reach a certain standard. Solar power, for instance, has not grown as quickly as UK officials had been hoping. As such, the country may need to rely more heavily on wind power in order to meet its goals.
Offshore wind acquires majority of UK energy support
The United Kingdom have become a staunch supporter of offshore wind power in recent years. The country has been investing heavily in the development of offshore projects in Scotland and Britain, going so far as to divert the subsidies that supported other forms of clean energy to support offshore wind farms. RenewableUK notes that onshore wind is one of the most affordable forms of clean energy and suggests that more efforts should be made to support the development of onshore wind farms.
Government may opt to show more support for onshore projects in the coming years
The UK government has begun to pay more attention to the potential of onshore wind projects, but has not yet taken any decisive action concerning the matter. Currently, the United Kingdom is more comfortable with continuing with its current energy plans, but may choose to show more support for onshore projects as the 2020 deadline draws closer.