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Two thirds of people living in rural areas say they support onshore wind farms (65%) - a slightly lower rate than those living in urban areas (75%)

Britain loves onshore wind, contrary to popular belief

Three-quarters of the British public back onshore wind power - more than double the level of support for fracking - but there remains a clear difference between perception and reality when it comes to assessing this support, a new survey has revealed.

The first energy has been generated with a Contracts for Difference (CfD) subsidy at the Charity Farm solar project in Shropshire

Renewable energy developers pass Contracts for Difference subsidy milestone

The Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) has confirmed that all 39 Contracts for Difference (CfD) renewable projects in the UK have past their delivery milestone requirements as part of the second round of CfD funding.

With Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon exploring the possibilities of a second independence referendum, there are concerns that environmental policies could be “eroded”

UK Government urged to future-proof renewables amid Brexit 'volatility'

The vote to leave the European Union (EU) may have created a "fragile" confidence within the clean energy industry, but multiple organisations have called on the Government to build a cross-party coalition that provides wind energy with a viable route to market.

IRENA estimates that electricity costs could fall 35% for offshore wind, and 26% for onshore wind compared to 2015

Global Wind Day: 10 wind energy statistics that will blow you away

On a day dedicated to discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world, edie takes a look at 10 interesting wind energy statistics on Global Wind Day (15 June).

The cost of energy generation from onshore wind and solar will fall by 41% and 60% respectively, but more investment in renewables will be needed to reach long-term climate goals

Why the world's energy system WON'T achieve the 2C climate change target without serious investment

By the year 2040, renewables will finally have won the global energy race. The prices of coal and gas will have dropped significantly, but this will not derail the decarbonisation of our energy systems - with zero-emission energy sources making up 60% of installed capacity.

The Eveley Solar Farm installation was granted planning permission in July 2015 under the RO grace period rule and will shortly be accredited by the scheme which is set to be scrapped from start of next month.

One of the last big solar farms launches under Renewables Obligation

Developers of a new solar farm in Hampshire that reached completion this week have warned the site may be the last utility-scale solar park built in the UK for a long time, due to impending subsidy changes.

The Green Alliance urged the chancellor to lift restrictions on new renewable generation, arguing this would be cheaper for the UK’s future energy supply

Chancellor urged to invest public money in renewable energy

Building more renewable energy capacity with public money would cost less than the current subsidy regime in the UK, a new analysis has found, despite government claims that subsidies are too expensive.

The plans lays out how the wind farm could be funded solely by the income from the electricity it generates

Britain's first subsidy-free wind farm planned for Cornwall

A community-owned wind farm that can run without financial aid or Government subsidies looks set to become a reality after UK-based green energy firm Good Energy submitted proposals for a new site in Cornwall.

The transaction marks the first time that operating offshore wind farms in the UK have been 100% owned by non-utility investors

Green Investment Bank in £423m windfarm acquisition

A consortium comprising of the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) Offshore Wind Fund and funds managed by New York investment firm BlackRock, has acquired three UK wind farms in a deal worth £423m.

It is ‘almost impossible’ for UK electricity demand to be met by 2025, engineers say

Engineers warn of looming UK energy gap

The UK is facing an unprecedented "energy gap" in a decade's time, according to engineers, with demand for electricity likely to outstrip supply by more than 40%, which could lead to black outs .

The wind turbine will be installed at RSPB headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire near to the Lodge

RSPB to power half of UK operations with wind

Europe's largest nature conservation charity will install a wind turbine at its national headquarters in Bedfordshire that will generate enough electricity to power more than half of its 127 UK locations.

The Prime Minister appeared in front of The Commons Liaison Committee, composed of chairs from expert committees in the UK Parliament

"It's total, utter nonsense": Cameron slams climate policy critics

Prime Minister David Cameron "couldn't disagree more" with all of the green groups, industry associations, opposition parties and other political figureheads who have said there is a disconnect between the UK Government's high-level engagement on climate change at the Paris climate conference and domestic energy policy.

Hugh McNeal will make the switch from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to RenewableUK in April

RenewableUK snaps up DECC director as new chief exec

The national trade association for Britain's wind, wave and tidal power industries has recruited a top civil servant at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as its new chief executive.

The Aiming High report suggests that wind power has the potential to exceed gas and other forms of energy within the next decade

Wind energy set to be Europe's largest power source by 2030

Wind energy could be the largest power supply source in the EU by 2030 as long as governments drive ambition in climate and energy policies, according to a new European Wind Energy Association report.

Public support for green energy has never fallen below 75% since the survey in March 2012

Brits still back renewables despite subsidy cuts

More than three quarters of the UK public support the use of renewable energy, according to the latest opinion poll from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Galloper will become one of the larger offshore windfarms in British waters with a capacity of 336MW

£1.5bn Galloper windfarm in Suffolk to go ahead with new backers

Construction of a £1.5bn windfarm off the Suffolk coast is to go ahead in November with the creation of nearly 800 jobs, after three new partners were found to back the project.

The ETI projected a floating turbine LCOE of £85/MWh by the mid 2020's

Floating wind turbines could be cost-competitive in 10 years, says ETI

Floating offshore wind could be a credible, cost-effective form of low-carbon energy for the UK by the mid-2020's, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has claimed.

The second close of the Offshore Wind Fund brings the total committed capital to £818m - nearing the £1bn target

GIB raises £355m for world's first offshore wind fund

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has raised £355m in the second tranche of investment for its Offshore Wind Fund, bringing the total value to more than £818m.

The IEA says electricity has expanded at its fastest rate in history, with 130GW of capacity added in 2014

IEA increases estimated growth in renewables

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has upped its estimations of global renewable energy growth through to 2020, with a new "accelerated case" scenario forecasting a 25% higher rate of growth than previous IEA reports.

The total capacity of Britain's wind energy systems now stands at just north of 13GW

Wind energy generates £1.25bn for UK economy, provides 30,000 jobs

Wind energy drove £1.25bn of investment into Britain's economy last year, with the industry now employing 30,500 people, according to a new report from RenewableUK.

Amber Rudd was speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester today

Conservative Party Conference: Tories get 'tough' on renewables

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has given her full backing for the cutting of subsidies for onshore wind and solar, insisting that "renewable energy can stand on its own two feet".

Royd Moor windfarm in Yorkshire - the prime region for a low-carbon industrial zone, according to TUC

UK energy policy threatening Northern Powerhouse, say trade unions

Yorkshire and the Humber has the opportunity to become Europe's leading low-carbon industrial zone, but punitive Government policy is putting that potential at risk, according to a new report from the national trade union.

If given consent to start building the facility, the company wants to increase investment at the site to potentially £1.6bn over the next five years

Green jobs boost for Wales with clean energy hub

Plans to build a Centre of Renewable Energy Excellence in Pembrokeshire have been unveiled in Wales, in a bid to make the area an international standard-bearing for green energy.

Eneco UK's Guy Madgwick was speaking at the Business for Environment Summit in London

Energy chief: Power companies must go green or go bust

Power companies that ignore the growing business and consumer demand for green energy are in danger of putting themselves out of business, a high-ranking energy executive has warned.

The reasons behind the refusals included adverse visual effects, local wildlife damage and a negative impact on tourism

DECC rejects 4 Wales wind farms

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has rejected four planned onshore wind farms in mid-Wales with a potential capacity of more than 350 MW.

The poll revealed that 78% would support local projects within two miles of their home

UK poll reveals 'overwhelming' public support for community renewables

More than three quarters of UK households would support renewable energy projects such as wind turbines and solar farms if the profits generated benefitted the local community, a poll has found.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

As we edge closer to the climate conference in Paris, this week saw a clash of horns over the energy we use. But that hasn't stopped some truly innovative green developments popping up across the globe, from Delhi to... Barnsley.

The Scout Moor expansion would see a further 16 turbines added to the 25 existing turbines

Planning permission granted for England's largest onshore wind farm

Plans to expand Scout Moor onshore wind farm in Lancashire have been given the green light by the local council.

The think-tank said that replacing 1GW of onshore wind with the equivalent amount of power from offshore wind would increase the cost to consumers by £75-90 million each year

Policy Exchange: Onshore wind could be as cheap as gas by 2020

Onshore wind could be cost-competitive with new gas generation by 2020 but needs continued Government support to get there, a new report from centre-right think-tank Policy Exchange has found.

Scotland Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and Wales Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant have written to Rudd urging her to support community schemes

Community energy will take brunt of subsidy cuts, warn Scotland and Wales

Community energy schemes will be hit hardest by Amber Rudd's recent energy subsidy shake-up, ministers from Scotland and Wales have warned.

Only 8% of those polled by Good Energy opposed onshore wind farms

Only 8% oppose onshore wind, finds new Good Energy poll

A new survey has found overwhelming support for renewable energy coming just days after a Government poll suggested a fall in support for shale gas.

The plans for a 50MW project fell through after changes to planning regulation

Lincolnshire wind farm falls through after Government's planning changes

Renewable energy giant Vattenfall has cancelled plans for a Lincolnshire wind farm development amid opposition from local residents.

Lord Nick Bourne is DECC's newest ministerial recruit, having joined the Department a week after the election

Lord Bourne: Green policy shake-up necessary to curb energy bills

EXCLUSIVE: After a flurry of shock green policy announcements, the Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) says such drastic changes were needed to drive down consumer bills.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd took part in her first Select Committee hearing earlier today

Amber Rudd lays out DECC's priorities for 2015 and beyond

UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has answered crucial questions on the Government's approach to energy efficiency, fracking, renewable energy subsidies and climate change.

The renewable energy companies say local planning changes are lacking clarity

Small-scale wind turbine developers protest changes to local planning laws

Small and medium-scale wind turbine manufacturers have written to Communities Secretary Greg Clark to protest changes to planning guidance for onshore wind turbines.

Investment in independent renewable energy hit £1.1m every day in 2014

Record investment in independent renewables tops £400m

Independent renewable energy received record levels of investment in 2014, totalling £417m, according to a new report from SmartestEnergy.

Community-owned renewables could power 100,000 Scottish homes, according to Energy Minister Fergus Ewing

Community renewables funding boost for Scotland

Twenty three renewable energy projects across Scotland will share £500,000 of funding through a scheme designed to encourage the local uptake of green technologies.

The Conservative UK government has announced a withdrawal of support for onshore windfarms. Denmark's windfarms have strong government backing

Wind power generates 140% of Denmark's electricity demand

George Osborne delivered the new Conservative Government's Budget to a jubilant House of Commons

Summer Budget 2015: Osborne provides further uncertainty for green business

Chancellor George Osborne has brought further uncertainty to green leaders, with an emergency Budget that confirmed more taxes for renewables along with tax-breaks for oil and gas.

Businesses and sustainability leaders urge a period of stable policy for a low-carbon future

Economy needs 'stable policies' to secure low-carbon future, says Aldersgate report

A new report from the Aldersgate Group has brought together voices from the economy, academia and civil society to spell out key priorities for meeting carbon targets.

Total renewable generation for the three months stood at 21.1TWh -  a 15% year-on-year increase

UK renewables reach record heights in first quarter

Renewable sources provided a record 22.3% of the UK's electricity in the first quarter of 2015, thanks to a boom in biomass production and large-scale solar installations.

Wind energy generation was up in Scotland, but ministers say the cut to wind subsidies threatens development

Scottish wind generation hits record levels in first quarter

Scottish wind power generated a record 4,452GWh of electricity in the first quarter of 2015, enough to power almost a million Scottish homes for a year, according to figures published today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The early end to the RO for onshore wind could stop the construction of around 2,500 turbines

Amber Rudd: Onshore wind cuts will protect consumers and boost other renewables

The early end to onshore wind subsidies will protect consumer bills and help cut the costs of other renewable technologies, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has claimed.

New onshore wind farms will be excluded from a subsidy scheme from April 2016, a year earlier than expected

Government confirms early end to onshore wind subsidies

The UK Government has confirmed plans to end new subsidies for onshore wind farms a year earlier than previously expected - a move roundly condemned by the renewables industry.

Scotland's onshore wind industry now invests nearly £9 million in community projects every year - the highest amount ever

Scottish wind industry gives back with record £8.8m for community projects

Community projects funded by Scotland's onshore wind industry have hit a record high of £8.8m a year.

Wind power output in Scotland saw a year on-year bump of 83% in May

Renewable electricity surge bolsters defence of onshore wind sector

Record-breaking figures from the UK renewables sector have prompted fresh calls for the Government to reconsider its proposed end to onshore wind subsidies.

The existing subsidy scheme for onshore wind power will be closed a year earlier than it was due

UK renewable energy industry warns of legal action over subsidies

The UK renewable energy industry has warned the government's new climate secretary that she will face a legal challenge if she oversees the "wilful destruction" of the industry by retrospectively curtailing subsidies.

Queen Elizabeth II reads out the speech written for her by the Prime Minister's team

Queen's Speech 2015: Energy security and climate change on the agenda

Collaborating with other nations to combat climate change and the release of a new Energy Bill to increase energy security in the UK were among the key announcements in the first all-Conservative Queen's Speech since 1996.

The Conservatives claim onshore wind farms fail to win public support and are unable to provide a stable energy capacity

Amber Rudd confirms plans to ban onshore wind subsidies

New UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has confirmed the Conservative Party's controversial plans to stop subsidies for onshore wind farms, claiming it is top of her agenda at the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Amber Rudd replaces Ed Davey as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change under the new Tory Government

Rudd receives warm welcome from green groups

Amber Rudd's appointment as the UK's new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is a "hopeful sign" that the new Tory Government is committed to accelerating the nation's transition to a low-carbon economy.

David Cameron pledged to complete the Conservatives' economic plan as his party was on track for enough seats to form a majority government

Election 2015: Tories win majority, Greens retain seat

David Cameron will govern for all of the UK by winning a majority in the UK General Election, much to the surprise and disappointment of many green groups and renewable energy developers.

Employment in renewable energy increased by 9% across all sectors in 2013/14

Green energy jobs grow 7 times faster than national average

Employment in renewable energy increased by 9% across all sectors last year, with biomass heating emerging as the best-performing sector in terms of recruitment.

PD 6900 will identify best practice as well as higlighting unnecessary processes that can be avoided

Big boost for offshore renewables with new environmental standards

A new guide for measuring the environmental impact of offshore renewables has been published today by Innovate UK and the BSI (British Standards Institution).

Each megawatt of installed onshore wind has brought more than £2m to the UK over its lifetime, of which 69% is remaining in the UK

Onshore wind worth £900m to UK economy, report finds

A new report released today (29 April) has revealed that the UK's onshore wind industry contributed £906m to the UK economy last year, of which almost 30% directly benefits local areas.

The party plans to put Britain on track to be zero-emissions by 2050, and insulate every home in the UK to energy-band C by 2035

Lib Dems launch Environment Manifesto

The Liberal Democrats have released a dedicated 'Environment Manifesto' reiterating their commitment to 'Five Green Laws'.

The REA says these figures show first-hand the concern of renewable energy companies up and down the country about the role of the UK Government

Politicians are failing us, say 95% of renewable energy firms

An overwhelming majority (95%) of renewable energy companies say that the main political parties have failed to address the needs of the industry in their election campaigns.

The Conservative manifesto claims the party has stayed true to it promise to be the 'greenest government ever'

Conservative manifesto: "We have been the greenest government ever"

Prime Minister David Cameron outlined the Conservative party's election pledges in a manifesto document which was immediately slammed by green groups as "anti-green growth" and "a recipe for higher energy bills".

Innovation and improvements to grid connections could make onshore wind the most cost effective new electricity source by 2020

Onshore wind could be cheapest new electricity source by 2020

Innovation and improvements to grid connections could make onshore wind the most cost-effective new electricity source by 2020, according to the Onshore Wind Cost Reduction Taskforce.

79% of the Scottish population support policies that continue to develop renewable energy

Tackle climate change, Scotland urges next UK Government

The vast majority of Scottish adults want the next UK Government to take forward policies that tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Offshore wind power accounted for about 2.4% of wind capacity in 2014, but 10% of the O&M market

Wind turbine maintenance costs to almost double by 2020

The global maintenance expenditure on wind turbines - vital to productivity - is expected rise from $9.25bn in 2014 to $17bn in 2020.

More than seven in ten adults polled in February 2015 by YouGov said they supported the continued development of wind power, rising from 64% in February 2013

Scottish support for wind power rises as industry grows

A new poll has revealed that increased wind power capacity development in Scotland is not swaying support among Scottish adults, with it instead rising.

Tim Yeo says people who think fracking is an environmental problem are mistaken

Shale gas should be at centre of next government's energy policy - Tim Yeo

Shale gas exploration can be environmentally sound, and should be the centrepiece of the next government's energy policy, the Conservative's most senior green-leaning MP has urged.

Wind power is still the dominant UK technology

CfD auction: What it really means for renewables...

The first wave of the Governments new Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme was announced today, with 27 projects receiving more than £315m.

A record-breaking year for global wind installations is

Record-breaking year for wind turbine manufacturers in face of future uncertainty

International wind turbine manufacturers saw a record-breaking year for global installations in 2014, but this is "disguising underlying challenges facing the industry", according global business advisory firm FTI consulting.

Oil currently accounts for just 5% of global electricity generated

Global Energy Outlook: Oil price volatility is good news for renewables

Renewable investment will continue to grow and oil is unlikely to make a major comeback in power generation, according to Frost & Sullivan's latest Annual Global Power and Energy Outlook.

The Decc survey showed a broad support for offshore wind at 74%

New figures highlight public/government disconnect on renewables

New figures showing widespread public support for renewables have reignited calls for the Conservative party to reconsider their anti-onshore wind stance ahead of May's General Election.

UK wind power generation rose by 15% last year, but Pingree could have been more

Wind exec: Britain's subsidies among best in the world

A senior figure at one of the world's largest wind-turbine manufacturers has praised the UK Government's Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme for increasing demand in renewable energy, but says planning delays are continuing to stifle the development of more wind projects across the country.

The Fabian Society report found 57% off all UK onshore projects were rejected in 2014, with only 161 approved

Six in 10 UK onshore wind farms rejected, says report

About six out of 10 new UK onshore wind farm projects were rejected last year amid tougher planning guidelines and more applications being called in for a personal decision by the communities secretary, Eric Pickles, a report has found.

The rise in global wind power installed capacity will increase the demand for wind turbine components across the value chain

Wind power: Global investment to hit £66bn by 2020

Global investment in wind power projects will reach $101bn (£66.6bn) by the end of 2020 as capacity is expected to rise from 364.9GW in 2014 to 650.8GW by 2020 in response to increased demand.

Onshore wind is currently the industry leader, consistently delivering electricity for USD 0.05/kWh

Report: Renewable energy now price-competitive with fossil fuels

New research has found that renewable energy systems can now compete with fossil fuels on price, thanks to falling installation costs and maturing technology.

Wind power saved more than £579m in import costs in 2013

Wind power 'more resilient than fossil fuels'

Increasing wind power generation would make the UK's future energy supply more resilient to the fluctuating price of fossil fuels and cut costly importation, making energy prices more predictable.

Electricity generated from onshore wind increased by 7.7% while generation from offshore wind was up by 14.1%

Record renewable generation disproves Cameron's attack on onshore wind

Figures from the latest Energy Trends report by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that 18% of electricity was produced from renewable sources in the third quarter of 2014 - a 4% increase on last year.

Cameron claims the public is 'fed up' with onshore wind energy

Cameron pushes for removal of onshore windfarm subsidies

David Cameron claimed on Tuesday the public was "fed up" with onshore windfarms and said the country did not need any more subsidised turbines on land now that the energy source was capable of providing 10% of UK energy.

In 2013, Mr Pickles approved 81.25% of housing schemes compared with only 28.6% of renewable energy projects

Stop meddling in onshore wind projects, renewables sector tells Pickles

Secretary of State Eric Pickles has been sharply criticised by the renewable energy industry for delaying the approval of many onshore wind energy developments in which he has intervened.

Any large-scale renewable electricity generator with a capacity larger than 5MW can apply for accreditation under RO.

Edie explains: Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs)

The Renewables Obligation (RO) is the main support system for renewable electricity projects across the country. In this week's 'edie explains,' we bring you everything you need to know about Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs).

Members of the wind industry have reportedly developed

Political instability threatens future of wind power

Although wind capacity has risen by 15% in the past year, the wind industry says that political instability and unwanted intervention is becoming 'increasingly prohibitive' and may damage future growth.

Green Bonds could boost renewable energy investment and public engagement

Call for Green Bond to grow public investment in renewable energy

The UK Government should launch a 'Green Bond' to allow savers to invest in the growth of the renewable energy sector, Scottish Renewables has said.

A blustery Sunday (19 October) saw 24% of the UK's electricity supplied by wind.

Ed Davey attacks coalition partners over pledge to end wind subsidies

Ed Davey, the energy and climate change secretary, has accused his coalition government partners of "reckless" behaviour for their manifesto commitment to end subsidies for onshore wind.

The report underlines the potential that both onshore and offshore wind technologies have for cost decrease

Onshore wind power cheaper than fossil fuels

Generating electricity from onshore wind is cheaper than using gas, coal and nuclear according to an Ecofys study approved by the European Commission.

The partnership will see Ecotricity design the wind parks while Skanska will carry out the construction

Ecotricity and Skanska team up to boost onshore wind power

A joint venture is underway to build a series of wind farms with a 350MW capacity using an investment of £500m should planning permission be granted.

The wind farm could generate £1.9m a year for the local community

Britain's largest community wind-farm secures £11m funding

The Beinn Ghrideag Community Wind Farm on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland has been deemed a 'breakthrough project for community energy' after receiving £11m of funding from Santander.

About four out of five Tory MPs are likely to oppose onshore windfarms in their constituency, according to the poll conducted by ComRes on behalf of REG Windpower

Tory MPs more likely to oppose windfarms than British public - poll

Conservatives opposition undermining projects and investment in renewables, say wind energy companies.

The UK's onshore wind generation increased by 40% in 2013

Green future 'fast becoming reality' as UK renewable electricity generation rises 30%

The UK's renewable electricity generation increased by 30% in 2013 according to DECC's annual UK energy statistics, released today (31 July).

The poll found 48% of voters see investing in renewables as the number one priority for addressing Britain's energy security

Investing in renewables 'top priority' for improving energy security

New polling data reveals that almost half of UK voters see investing in renewables as a priority over any other form of energy when it comes to ensuring the nation's energy security.

Mars plans to construct a 200MW wind farm in Texas which will provide enough energy for 12% of its global operations. pic: Roman Samokhin/Shutterstock.com

Wind power key to Mars' emissions reduction target

Mars has cut its water consumption and reduced its waste to landfill by two thirds, but its emissions reductions have flatlined, however, a 200MW wind installation is set to change that.

45% of UK independent renewable energy now comes from onshore windfarms

Politicians opposing wind energy 'huge turn-off' for voters

Political parties that oppose onshore wind development are likely to lose twice as many votes as they gain, according to a nationwide opinion poll.

45% of UK independent renewable energy now comes from onshore windfarms

UK invests £300m in independent renewables in 2013

The number of renewable energy projects in the UK has soared by 40% with almost £300m invested in commercial-scale, independent schemes last year.

Which? has questioned whether green energy subsidies for projects such as offshore wind farms will be value for money

Consumer group Which? questions virtue of green energy subsidies

Which? warns planned green energy subsidies may not be value for money, as more cost effective options may be overlooked.

Partnerships for Renewables aims to install up to 500MW of onshore wind energy across the UK. Pic: aerial s...ial Solutions Ltd

Commercial-scale wind farm opens on former Welsh coal mine

In a first for Wales, today marks the opening of a commercial-scale wind farm built in conjunction with a local authority.

Ewe Hill Wind Farm will boast 51MW of capacity, powering the equivalent of 24,000 homes in the area

Split decision over wind farms in Scotland

The Scottish Government has this week given the go-ahead for a 22-turbine wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, but Ministers have rejected plans for a similar-sized scheme on the Scottish borders.

The GSI says the UK has just over five years before completely running out of fossil fuels

Fossil fuels report sparks calls for more home-grown energy

The UK will have run out of oil, coal and gas in just over five years' time, scientists have warned.

The percentage of onshore windfarms being rejected rose dramatically in the UK last year

Sharp rise in percentage of onshore windfarms being rejected

Figures show that the percentage of rejections in the UK jumped from 25-29% in 2009-12 to 41% in 2013.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles

Pickles extends planning control over wind farm projects

The wind industry has responded angrily to Eric Pickles' announcement that he will be extending his period of pulling in decisions on renewable energy projects for a further 12 months.

Onshore wind generation increased by 36.4% in 2013 from 2012, with offshore wind generation up by 45.8%, due to increased capacity, as well as higher wind speeds.

Renewable electricity generation up 28% in the UK

Renewable electricity generation increased by 28% in 2013 to 52.8 terawatt-hours (TWh), up from the 41.3 TWh recorded in 2012, according to official figures.

SSE has said plans for an 81MW wind farm and the extension of a current wind farm are "no longer financially viable"

SSE withdraws plans for two onshore wind projects

SSE has withdrawn planning applications for an 81MW wind farm in Sutherland and the proposed extension to Fairburn wind farm in Glen Orrin, Ross-shire.

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