A report for trade group Scottish Renewables has found that the UK government could deliver 1GW of new onshore wind capacity at no additional cost to consumers over and above long-term wholesale power prices.

Produced by Baringa Partners and published on 13 April, the research recommended that projects receive limited “top-up” payments in the first years of their operation, but would then return a greater amount to the public purse over the remainder of their contract as the wholesale power price increases. This would also lead to £1bn in new investment.

Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables said: “crucially this is the first analysis of its kind that shows investment in the most competitive onshore wind projects can now be delivered in a way that is in line with the Conservative manifesto pledge to end new subsidies for the sector.”

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