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Ban on new onshore wind is costing billions, Labor says

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A government ban on new onshore wind farms is costing the country billions of pounds in higher energy charges, the Labor Party has warned.

The party said its plans – set out at its annual conference in Liverpool in September – to deliver a carbon-free power system by 2030 would save £93billion on energy bills by the end of the decade.

Of that, the party said £15.8bn would come from onshore wind – savings that would be lost following the Tories’ effective 2015 ban on new onshore wind generation.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer (Peter Byrne/PA)

While onshore wind is considered one of the cheapest and fastest sources of renewable energy, it is often extremely unpopular in communities where wind farms are located, leading David Cameron to suspend government grants.

Labour, however, said maintaining the ban now meant keeping energy bills high, decreasing energy security with higher gas imports and higher greenhouse gas emissions.

Party leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “Tackling the climate crisis and the energy price crisis is the great challenge of our time, but Rishi Sunak just doesn’t get it.

“Twelve years of Tories have left our energy system exposed, bills soaring, while failing to address the climate emergency.

“My Labor Government will tackle the climate crisis by seizing the opportunities it presents. We need this scale of ambition to respond to the magnitude of the task.

A government spokesperson said the amount of grid-connected renewable energy capacity had increased by 500% since 2010 – with 40% of UK electricity now coming from “cleaner and cheaper” renewable sources.

“We continue to support more renewable projects to come online as more affordable clean energy lowers costs for consumers and strengthens our long-term energy security,” the spokesperson said.