November 24, 2020

The regulations on onshore wind farm development in Britain are impeding the venture of this renewable. 

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Tower 42 looking north from Bishopsgate 2011-05-04

Boris Johnson has realized that Britain needs wind energy farms to break forth in renewable energy potential. Boris intends to make the UK a hub of wind power by activating 40 GW production from this renewable energy source before the end of this decade. 

Nevertheless, his leadership is inconsiderate of onshore wind energy capacity and has instead chosen to side with offshore wind projects. Boris Johnson’s latest speech lacked the tenacity to articulate the state of onshore wind energy projects which the local governments might be championing to install. The speech outlined an upcoming ban on such projects due to the squeezed regulations suggested by the Conservative leaders five years ago. This period should have opened doors for onshore wind projects to sustain the country’s energy demands, but the opposite prevailed. 

Through Amber Rudd, the then energy ministry explained that the pipeline projects would meet the country’s electricity demands at low prices once they are entirely in action. 

Nevertheless, the onshore wind projects will be vital in the UK renewable energy plan. This renewable energy source boasted of close to half the power supplied by renewables, which is 45 percent. Boris Johnson’s plan to run every household on wind energy will heavily rely on onshore wind energy projects. This strategy means that he has to convince his legislators to amend the policies to support the onshore wind energy farms since they can meet communities’ needs more quickly than the offshore wind farms. 

The Boris Johnson administration has promised to bring back the subsidies on onshore wind energy and create new contracts for these projects. Nevertheless, the country is bent on maintaining the restrictions for onshore wind farms to initiate operations. 

The restrictions include the wind farm being situated where it is most appropriate in the local region. Restructuring this regulation is tedious and resource-consuming, forcing those who had identified the sites for onshore wind farms in inappropriate places to reconsider this investment. Another restriction is that the project must address all the impacts that the locals’ project can happen. 

These regulations are primitive and hinder the local community from witnessing the power of onshore wind projects. The regulations impede onshore wind projects’ success since all the stakeholders in the local community that will receive the wind farm have to give their opinion before the project proceeds eventually. 

Consequently, investors have shied away from these projects for fear that the government might hunt them down for minor irregularities. The number of applications admiring these projects has dropped considerably after investors witnessing the regressive steps that the government has made in this direction. The government has approved a few submitted applications showing that it thoroughly investigates the projects before approving them. 

Onshore wind projects have the lowest production cost. Instead of focusing on battery storage and smart grids, the government should consider investing in onshore wind. Additionally, these farms are cheap to construct and oversee. The farms will create jobs for the local communities while solving the energy demand problem. 

In conclusion, the UK government needs to back these projects since the current onshore wind farms deteriorate while new sites for new projects have emerged. This strategy is an opportunity for the UK to wage the final war against fossil fuel consumption.