A Government ban on new onshore wind farms is costing the country billions of pounds in higher energy charges, says Labour.
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The party says the plans it set out at its annual conference in Liverpool in September would deliver a zero-carbon power system by 2030 and save £93 billion on energy bills by the end of the decade.
Of that, £15.8 billion would come from onshore wind – savings that would be lost as a result of the Conservatives’ 2015 effective ban on new onshore wind production.
Onshore wind is considered to be one of the cheapest and quickest sources of renewable energy, but it is often hugely unpopular in the communities where wind farms are located – leading David Cameron to halt government subsidies.
Labour 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 does not get it.
“Twelve years of the Conservatives has left our energy system exposed, bills rocketing, while failing to tackle the climate emergency.
“My Labour government will tackle the climate crisis by grasping the opportunities it presents. We need this scale of ambition to meet the scale of the task.”
Labour said that maintaining the ban now meant keeping energy bills high, diminishing energy security with higher gas imports and higher greenhouse gas emissions.