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Onshore wind is cheap and popular, the government needs to catch up

onshore wind smallThis post is by Sarah James, a volunteer and trustee of Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust.

I’ve shown a lot of people around Westmill Wind Farm in Oxfordshire and its neighbouring solar farm.  Thousands of people have visited the wind farm for tours and open days in its ten year life,  wanting not just to see the wind turbines, but to get up close and touch them, hear them and sometimes even lie under them, watching the blades whirl overhead.

The media and politicians have described onshore wind as controversial and unpopular in the UK. And yet our experience at Westmill is quite the opposite. It is a popular local asset that people like to visit, are curious to understand and view affectionately. Is there some reason that Westmill is unusual? Read more

Gone with the wind? Has £18 billion of offshore wind investment vanished forever?

ContemplationWhile people were digesting the announcement of the latest strike prices for renewable energy, the Treasury was also releasing its latest update of the infrastructure pipeline. This reported substantially lower spending on investment in offshore wind energy up to 2020, partly compensated by higher expected investment in onshore wind. Seen against the background of the substantial cut in the pipeline of offshore wind projects, the decision to provide relatively more support for this form of renewable energy makes sense.

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