Most UK publications report the news that the UK government has lifted an effective ban on subsidies for onshore windfarms. The Guardian reports that the government will allowing onshore windfarms to compete for subsidies alongside solar power developments and floating offshore wind projects, in a new auction scheme announced on Monday. Ministers previously blocked projects four years ago “after complaints from local campaigners that they were a blot on the landscape”, BBC News says. Onshore wind is “the cheapest form of new power in the UK”, BBC News reports, and “in the long term, it should lead to to cheaper energy for consumers”. It adds: “But the government still wants local people to have a strong say in the decision where they are built. That means relatively few are expected in congested England. In Scotland, though, Scottish Power is delighted. It has 1,000MW in the pipeline for wind and solar.” The Times says it means that “dozens of onshore wind and solar farms could be built around Britain”. The Financial Times reports that, under the new government plan, projects will be eligible to apply for a new “contracts for difference (CFDs)” auction in 2021, which means wind farms could be up and running by the mid-2020s. Bloomberg says that the move is “a sign ministers are looking for more ways to meet a goal of net-zero emissions by 2050”. “Ending our contribution to climate change means making the UK a world leader in renewable energy,” said Alok Sharma, the cabinet minister in charge of business and energy, in a statement, according to Bloomberg. The i newspaper describes the decision as a “major u-turn”. A second article in the i explains how the decision could affect aspects “from the net-zero emissions target to your energy bills”. The news is also covered by Press Association, the Independent and the Daily Telegraph.
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