UK: 63% of renewable energy projects fail to progress beyond the planning stage

Most onshore renewable energy projects in the UK never get beyond the planning stage. An analysis by energy consultancy Cornwall Insight, reported by the Financial Times, reveals that between 2018 and 2023, nearly 4,000 applications were submitted for wind and solar projects, but 63 percent of them were successful. building. Rejected, abandoned, withdrawn, or expired building permits.

“The UK has set ambitious targets to increase renewable energy capacity,” said Lucy Doulton, head of resources and infrastructure at Cornwall Insight. “But these data reveal a significant shortfall in achieving these goals, which is largely due to the slow pace of progress in building renewable energy projects.”

According to Cornwall Insight, the low rate of successful projects partly reflects an increase in speculative applications, with developers submitting more plans knowing that not all of them will be successful. The analysis, covering England, Scotland and Wales, showed a sharp annual increase in planning applications for renewable energy projects in recent years, with applications up 66 per cent more in 2023 than in 2022. The findings come as the UK is under pressure to accelerate Increase renewable energy capacity to achieve the legally binding target of reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

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