Thousands more turbines could be built to treble onshore wind power

The current rules require local authorities to name areas for potential wind farm use – which only a small minority have done – and empowers local opponents to slow proposals.

The new plans also place an emphasis on expanding onshore wind in Scotland, where the supportive SNP is in government, as well as in Wales.

Other ideas being suggested by the industry include creating a local fuel poverty fund that can help those most in need, or financing insulation of nearby homes to ease energy costs.

The Government is also planning to create what has been dubbed an “onshore wind task force”, including the energy group Octopus and RenewableUK.

In a meeting with wind industry figures on Thursday, Mr Johnson was told it takes one day to construct an onshore wind turbine but as much as 10 years to get approval.

There are some signs public opinion has warmed to onshore wind farms, especially if they lead to discounted energy bills in the nearby area.

Dan McGrail, chief executive of RenewableUK, said: “Onshore wind is the UK’s cheapest source of new power, so it has a crucial role to play in reducing electricity bills, because we can build shovel-ready projects faster than any other source of energy.”

A Government spokesperson said: “We will shortly set out an ambitious plan to supercharge our use of a diverse range of renewables including offshore wind, solar and hydrogen, all underpinned by nuclear, and continued support for our North Sea oil and gas sector. Any decisions on onshore wind will always be subject to consent from local communities.”  

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