In an emailed press release on 16 July, the SNP urged the UK Government to unblock onshore wind following a report that reveals new onshore wind projects would create 2,300 jobs in Scotland and save bill payers £50 per year by 2035. Under the current Conservative Government, onshore wind is excluded from competing for government-supported contracts to generate power.
The report Quantifying Benefits of Onshore Wind to the UK, which was prepared for RenewableUK by Vivid Economics on 16 July, shows that new onshore wind projects would be the cheapest way to generate new power for consumers. It would also increase gross value added in Scotland to £50mn per year.
The SNP has made it clear it wants to see further investment in renewable energy, and support routes to market onshore wind.
SNP Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy spokesperson Drew Hendry MP said: “The Tories are failing consumers by blocking onshore wind from competing for government-backed contracts – costing Scotland thousands of jobs and hitting household bills.”