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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17192: Richard Lyle (Uddingston and Bellshill)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 11 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the BVG Associates’ report that building more onshore wind farms could save UK consumers £1.6 billion.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 19 June 2018

The Scottish Government welcomes the publication of the BVG report and are pleased to see this echo our well-established views on onshore wind. This report provides evidence in support of our calls to UK Ministers, made since 2016, to establish a price stabilisation mechanism through the CfD auction or alternative means. As the report makes clear, onshore wind is the cheapest form of large new-build electricity generation in the UK, providing clean, renewable electricity, as well as making a significant contribution to both the UK and Scottish economies.

We continue to urge the UK Government to provide a route to market for onshore wind and to allow the UK and Scottish economies to reap the benefits this report illustrates. Onshore wind is a low cost, sustainable source of electricity which commands 76% public support across the UK. The cost of onshore wind is well below the strike price set for the Hinkley ‘C’ nuclear powerstation and, therefore, increased investment in onshore wind could help to significantly offset the higher cost of new nuclear plants. If UK Ministers heed the report’s recommendations, and develop a ‘route to market’ for new onshore wind, this would provide a very welcome boost to onshore wind, its supply chain across the UK and significantly boost efforts to lower bills for consumers.