A report commissioned by Scottish Renewables shows £150 million could be saved each year if the Scottish & UK governments work with industry and regulators to remove barriers.
Everose’s report ‘Onshore Wind in Scotland’ shows an assessment of the sector, with money saving opportunities across planning, grid, and revenue.
If the latest set of wind turbines are installed it could cut costs by £11/MWh.
Reducing the connection fee and introducing flexible ways to connect onshore wind to the grid would create savings.
Outlined in the report is how guidance to maximise benefits from replanting, redeveloping and repowering existing wind farms needs to be developed.
Smart grid connections and deploying more energy storage technologies would be of benefit to the industry.
Scottish Renewables Senior Policy Manager Lindsay Roberts said “The report sets out just how competitive onshore wind in Scotland can be and shows that it makes no sense for the UK government to exclude the technology from long-term contracts for clean power”.