UK Shadow Energy Minister Tom Greatrex has pledged his party’s support for onshore wind, saying a future Labour government would not curtail its deployment if elected next year.
He said a “significant contribution” from onshore wind is needed to meet the UK’s decarbonisation objectives.
Speaking at an offshore wind-ustry conference in Glasgow, Greatrex – who is an MP for a local seat – told delegates: “I would like to see as much offshore wind as it’s possible to do because it is very strongly placed to be an important part of the energy mix”.
In order to fulfil the UK’s clean energy ambitions, Greatrex reaffirmed Labour’s commitment to setting a 2030 decarbonisation target, saying “it’s absolutely crucial in giving a sense of direction and clarity, to focus people’s efforts” and attract investment. He noted that the whole of the UK is benefitting from the expansion of the renewable energy sector as it is “creating skilled jobs outside the south east of the country”.
He explained that “you get the supply chain by having the confidence for manufacturers to invest, which is why a 2030 decarbonisation objective is so important”.