Climate change campaigner Caroline Flint has signed a cross-party letter to the Prime Minister asking her to undo the blocks the government has placed on onshore wind energy. This support was welcomed today by 10:10 Climate Action and Power for People, who are coordinating the letter.
The letter, now signed by 36 MPs, highlights that onshore wind is supported by over three quarters of the UK public, and is our cheapest energy source. Despite public concern about climate change reaching a ten year high, since 2015 government policy has prevented new onshore wind turbines from being built. In light of this, Ms Flint is calling on the government to amend planning and energy policy to allow new projects to be brought forward.
Caroline Flint said “Onshore wind is a key part of decarbonising the UK’s energy system - and even has potential to bring down energy bills for consumers because of its low cost. I will do all I can to support onshore wind and ensure these changes are realised.”
Ellie Roberts, Campaign Manager at 10:10 Climate Action, said, “We’re delighted that Caroline Flint is standing up for onshore wind. For years, new wind projects have been grinding to a halt due to government blocks - just at the moment we need to be stepping up our action on climate change.”
Steve Shaw, Director of Power for People, said, “By signing this letter, Caroline Flint is helping bring back one of our cheapest and most popular renewables. We warmly welcome her support for onshore wind”.
The campaigners say:
- Onshore wind is our cheapest energy source in the UK. Source: https://eciu.net/assets/Reports/ECIU_Blown_Away_Final_1.pdf
- 76% of the UK public support onshore wind. Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/energy-and-climate-change-public-attitudes-tracker-wave-25
- Since 2015, the government has been blocking onshore wind. Source: http://files.1010global.org/blownaway/Unlocking_UK_onshore_wind_June_update_WEB.pdf
10:10 is a UK based charity that brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change. We engage citizens and communities in finding solutions that benefit the climate and their own lives too. www.1010uk.org. For more information about the 10:10 Blown Away campaign please visit https://1010uk.org/blownaway. Power for People is not for profit campaigning organisation working to see the UK rapidly transition to 100% clean energy and for local communities to benefit from this great transition; visit www.powerforpeople.org.uk.