The Government’s ambition for onshore wind, during this decade, is set out in the Renewable Energy Roadmap which shows that up to 13 GW of capacity is expected as part of our renewable energy mix by 2020. This could generate 24-32TWh of electricity per annum, equivalent to 20-30% of renewable electricity generation. This could be enough electricity to power 7.7 million homes in the United Kingdom.
UK’s potential for onshore wind
“Onshore wind has an important role to play in a diverse energy mix that is secure, low carbon and affordable. We know that two-thirds of people support the growth of onshore wind. But far too often, host communities have seen the wind farms but not the windfall.” – Energy Secretary, Edward Davey
Walker Morris is one of the country’s leading law firms advising on renewable energy projects, including onshore wind. Our Renewables, Energy and Resources Group is a multi-disciplinary team advising wind farm developers on all aspects of project development, from site acquisition and planning, turbine supply, power purchase and grid connection through to decommissioning. Walker Morris provides a “cradle to grave” approach over the life of the project. Members of our team have been advising developers, contractors, energy suppliers and funders for a number of years, on both onshore and offshore developments. We have seen the market evolve from turbine suppliers offering an EPC wrap to the current market of a multi-contracting and hybrid approach. We are currently instructed on a number of projects across the United Kingdom.