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Zero onshore wind plans submitted in England since de facto ban was ‘lifted’

No new plans for onshore wind have been accepted in England since the government claimed it had “lifted” the de facto ban, new analysis reveals. Renewable energy organisations warned at the time that this was likely. Despite the levelling up secretary, Michael Gove, having changed planning rules introduced in 2015 by the then prime minister, David Cameron, to stop onshore wind projects being blocked by a single objection, they still face higher barriers than every other form of infrastructure, including waste incinerators. Analysis of the government’s renewable energy planning database shows that no applications for new onshore wind projects have been submitted since the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, claimed that the government would overturn the onshore wind ban in September 2023. At the time, the National Infrastructure Commission advised the government to go further and restore onshore wind to the government’s Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects process, which would encourage more applications. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/27/zero-onshore-wind-plans-submitted-in-england-since-de-facto-ban-was-lifted

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  • Elizabeth Gathigia

    11 w

    This shows lack of government commitment towards transitioning to clean energy

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    • Gorffly mokua

      15 w

      This is concerning news, and may indicate a lack of government commitment towards renewable energy sources such as onshore wind.

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      • George Kariuki

        16 w

        This is a worrying sign, but it's not too late to course-correct.

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        • walter lungayi

          16 w

          This is so disappointing. Onshore wind can play a crucial role in transitioning to renewable energy, so it's important for the government to support its development.

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          • Joseph Githinji

            16 w

            @walter_lungayi the government of UK must commit to play a role in developing renewable energy sources.

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          • George Kariuki

            16 w

            The government must follow the National Infrastructure Commission's advice and include onshore wind in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects process.

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            • Joseph Githinji

              16 w

              @george_kariuki True, the government of UK must be committed to do the right thing for the sake of environment.

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            • Princess

              16 w

              This lack of progress is disappointing and makes us wonder if there's a real commitment to using renewable energy.

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              • johnte ndeto

                16 w

                It is just not right for UK to discourage the growth of renewable energy

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                • Princess

                  16 w

                  @johnte_ndeto There's a need for more positive policies and actions to promote the development of clean and sustainable energy sources.

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                • Edwin wangombe

                  16 w

                  this is discouraging coming from the UK... this will undermine the country's efforts to transition to renewable energy and cut off fossil fuel usage... it's concerning the UK should do better

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                  • Princess

                    16 w

                    @edwin_wangombe We need more concrete steps toward using onshore wind for a greener future.

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                  • Joseph Githinji

                    16 w

                    This is alarming, it is going to discouraged the growth of renewable energy in UK. The UK government must structure a way to do an aboutturn on this regulation and encourage investment in clean and renewable energy.

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                    • Princess

                      16 w

                      @joseph_githinji The situation is alarming and could hinder the growth of renewable energy in the UK.

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                    • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                      16 w

                      This news highlights a concerning gap between policy intentions and actual implementation in the fight against climate change. Despite the government's claim of lifting the de facto ban on onshore wind projects, the absence of any new plans being submitted in England suggests persistent barriers hindering the development of renewable energy infrastructure. The fact that onshore wind projects still face higher hurdles compared to other forms of infrastructure raises questions about the effectiveness of the policy change. The National Infrastructure Commission's recommendation to restore onshore wind to the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects process underscores the need for more supportive measures to encourage and expedite the development of clean energy projects. This situation highlights the challenges and complexities in translating climate goals into concrete actions at the ground level.

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                      • Princess

                        16 w

                        @rukia_ahmed_abdi It's crucial for the government to reconsider these regulations and find a way to encourage investments in clean and renewable energy.

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                        • Jane Wangui

                          16 w

                          @princess_nel_268 why would they lift the ban?? So disappointing.

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