RenewableUK has published a report showing that if the UK is to secure enough low-cost power capacity to meet our carbon targets, new onshore wind turbines will be needed to replace older wind farms. The report warns that more than 8 gigawatts (GW) of onshore wind, which currently generates nearly a fifth (17.5%) of the UK’s entire renewable power output, could be retired over the next two decades, and that new policies are needed to support replacing, or ‘repowering’, these older onshore wind farms.
The UK’s first commercial wind farms were developed in the 1990s and were built to operate for 20-25 years. The new report, “Onshore Wind: The UK’s Next Generation” sets out the case for building new projects with more powerful turbines on existing wind farm sites. Replacing older turbines with more efficient models means that fewer turbines would be installed than are currently operating at each site. The report also advocates other options such as upgrading turbines which are already operating, or allowing existing projects to generate for longer than originally envisaged.
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