Comment on opening of renewables auction to onshore wind

Published:02 March 2020

Commenting on the news that the UK government is set to open renewable energy auctions to onshore wind, Ann Jones, Vice-Chair, National Federation of Women's Institutes, said:

“Using clean, cheap, popular electricity sources where communities support them is just common sense. WI members are clear that we cannot delay tackling the climate crisis, so this is the right decision and another step on the path to reaching our much-needed net zero emissions target.

“WI members want to see decisive action from the government to make net-zero a reality, so this is also an important signal from our country as host of the UN climate summit later this year.”

Dr Jonathan Marshall, Head of Analysis at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

"Generating more electricity from solar panels and onshore wind is one of the simplest ways of cutting energy bills for British families and businesses. Rapid technological development alongside effective policies to lock in long-term low prices mean that building more cheap renewables is good for the climate, for our wallets, and for thousands of small and medium-sized businesses that are behind the UK’s renewable revolution.

“More onshore wind and solar are vital in creating the clean power system that will underpin the UK as it becomes a carbon neutral nation. By backing technologies that have overwhelming support from the public, the Government has a real opportunity to close the gap on our carbon targets and to set a global example as delegates from around the world prepare for the UN climate conference on British soil in November.”

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