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New onshore windfarms UK

Decision comes four years after ministers scrapped support for new projects

The UK's opposition to subsidising new onshore windfarms has been abandoned, four years after the ministers scrapped support for new projects.

The government has agreed to reverse its block against onshore wind projects by allowing schemes to compete for financial support contracts alongside other renewable energy technologies.

The U-turn follows the government’s commitment to cut emissions to virtually zero by 2050, a feat that its official climate advisers believe will require the UK’s onshore wind-power capacity to triple in the next 15 years.

The plans to renew support for onshore wind were outlined to green campaigners by policy advisers at No 10 on Monday morning and are expected to be announced officially by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) later on Monday.



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