Scotland eyes up to 12GW of additional onshore wind by 2030

The new proposals could create 17,000 green jobs

Pathway to COP26 report

Just a few hours before the 26th UN Climate Change Conference begins, the Scottish Government has announced its ambition to more than double Scotland‘s onshore wind capacity by 2030.

In a draft named Onshore Wind Policy Statement, the proposals are expected to add eight to 12GW of installed onshore wind capacity by the end of the decade.

Scotland currently has 8.4GW of installed onshore capacity.

The deployment of 12GW of capacity is predicted to create 17,000 jobs and bring the equivalent of £27.8 billion in gross value added.

Net Zero and Energy Secretary Michael Matheson said: “We need bold action to tackle the climate emergency.

“Onshore wind is one of the most cost-effective forms of large-scale electricity generation and is vital to Scotland’s future energy mix as we transition to a net zero economy.”

If you enjoyed this story you can sign up to our weekly email for Energy Live News – and if you’re interested in hearing more about the journey to net zero by 2050, you can also sign up to the future Net Zero newsletter. 

Latest Podcast