The Government's net zero announcement last year certainly sounded positive, however it is clear that this now needs to be followed up by dramatic action in order to fulfill this pledge. The capacity of new renewable projects just isn't large enough to achieve the net zero targets. Onshore wind and solar are currently barred from CfDs, it is clear that this needs revisiting in order to step up deployment. The next couple of years are critical for making bold decisions that will give us the opportunity to achieve net zero.
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“As Ministers get down to work at the start of a new decade, we need to see new policies which support the full range of clean power sources to transform our energy system," Williams added. This research by RenewableUK follows the Committee on Climate Change advising the government that onshore wind will have to increase from 13GW now to 35GW by 2035 if the UK hopes to meet its 2050 net zero goal. In November, RenewableUK’s Project Intelligence team showed that the UK is currently on track to miss its net zero target by as much as 40%, owing to onshore wind's installed capacity having stalled at 13.5GW.