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SSE lobbies for onshore wind

UK, Scottish government support 'would benefit consumers'

SSE lobbies for onshore wind image

SSE has called on the UK and Scottish governments to provide support for continued onshore wind development and repowerings.

The utility said expansion of the sector is in the best interests of consumers and Scottish economic ambitions and will help to meet decarbonisation targets.

Director of generation development Paul Cooley pointed to reports that 1GW of wind could be produced at no additional cost to consumers via a competition auction.

He said that should be “food for thought” for the new UK government.

Cooley also called on Holyrood to ensure the Scottish planning system “enables onshore wind, particularly repowered sties, to be developed”.

He added: “The good news for consumers is that the onshore wind of tomorrow can and will be delivered cheaper than the onshore wind of today, so long as legislators are minded to keep the wind in the sails of Scotland’s renewables industry.”

Image: SSE's 350MW Clyde wind farm (Siemens)

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