Onshore eyesores that come with offshore wind farms to be shrunk

Two former energy secretaries have previously called for compensation to be paid to coastal communities that have to host offshore wind infrastructure. Andrea Leadsom and Amber Rudd warned that there was “a significant risk” of local backlash to onshore infrastructure... Read more

How we’re being persuaded to love wind farms

The requirement for the UK to adopt a new strategy that reduces our reliance on foreign gas and oil is underscored by the extra – and unwelcome – zeros now being added to our energy bills. Aside from ending Putin’s... Read more

Britons rush to crowdfund onshore wind farms in bid to cut energy bills

The idea draws on several schemes, including Ripple Energy, that already offer discounts to thousands of people, and have seen demand soar as energy bills have risen in recent weeks. Customers on Octopus Energy’s Fan Club tariff can get up... Read more

‘Elegant’ and ‘serene’ wind farms will lower energy bills, Octopus boss says

He suggested communities that wanted wind turbines should be able to request them and receive cheaper electricity bills at times when they generate power.  He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think what we need to do is change... Read more

Planning shake-up opens door to hundreds of new wind farms

Onshore wind turbines generate about a tenth of UK electricity, most of which comes from Scotland, with more needed if Britain is to meet its “net zero” commitments by 2050. About 14 gigawatts of capacity is deployed currently. When ministers... Read more

PM faces Cabinet split as push for onshore wind farms gathers momentum

Boris Johnson faces a Cabinet split over an attempt to tear up planning rules that prohibit new onshore wind farms as he seeks to wean Britain off expensive oil and gas. Ministers are considering reversing a change implemented by David... Read more

Kwasi Kwarteng backs planning overhaul to boost onshore wind farms

Kwasi Kwarteng has thrown his weight behind a major expansion of onshore wind energy in Britain by easing planning rules introduced under David Cameron that frustrate development. The Business Secretary said onshore renewables “absolutely” needed to be part of plans... Read more

Wind farms were paid not to generate half their potential electricity

Wind farms have been paid to refrain from producing up to half of the electricity they are capable of generating, according to research that led MPs to warn that “inappropriate” decisions on wind power were “forcing excess costs onto consumers”.... Read more

Britain should go hell-bent for North Sea gas and wind

What we should be doing – even for net-zero reasons – is the exact opposite. The UK should cut taxes for the sector or conjure incentives to accelerate production in offshore waters. Oil and Gas UK say there is potential... Read more

Why Octopus Energy wants to put wind turbines in hundreds of towns

From his home in east Yorkshire, retired headteacher James Laing is a short drive away from Octopus Energy’s small wind turbine in the town of Market Weighton. When it’s spinning hard, he knows it’s a good time to put the... Read more

BP needs a big deal to become Britain’s wind power champion

BP made its first move into the UK’s offshore wind sector in only February this year. Its joint venture with a German partner will invest less than £1bn in an option to develop 3GW of capacity in the Irish sea.... Read more

BP needs a big deal to become Britain’s wind power champion

BP made its first move into the UK’s offshore wind sector in only February this year. Its joint venture with a German partner will invest less than £1bn in an option to develop 3GW of capacity in the Irish sea.... Read more