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    Is the government stunting a lucrative diversification stream for corporate landowners?

    By Freccia Benn – (4 min read)

    The past decade has seen the use of wind energy develop from an important idea with little real impact to becoming a significant contribution to the UK’s energy strategy, providing over 17 percent of the supply in 2018. The government continues to invest heavily in offshore wind farming as the future of renewable energy. However, in the face of mounting pressure many industry experts are calling for the same investment in onshore wind energy, which would also bring an entire new market of landowners into the game.

    The UK renewable energy market has proven in recent years that it can provide a long-term alternative to carbon energy, with wind turbines providing 17.4 percent of UK electricity generation in 2018. It is expected that this could account for up to 30 percent of UK electricity supply by 2030. The timing of this delivery is and will continue to be crucial if the UK is to meet the global requirements for renewable energy.

    Onshore wind farms may well be the key to this. The government current ban on subsidies for building onshore wind farms, places a huge demand on offshore wind to deliver. Industry bodies such as the National Infrastructure Commission, alongside senior politicians in government, have been increasingly discussing the importance of prioritising onshore wind farms if the UK is serious about increasing renewable energy supply. Emma Pinchbeck, the executive director of RenewableUK, said, “We have ready-to-go onshore wind that can help close the gap between the low carbon power”.

    In fact, it is estimated that removing the current subsidies ban on onshore wind farms would allow for the construction of around 800 projects which have planning consent but are currently on hold. Aside from the obvious case for diversifying the UK’s sources of renewable energy, the debate around the onshore wind farm subsidies ban has also often overlooked the business case for supporting opening up this market. Lifting the ban would allow for hundreds of corporate landowners to tap into this revenue stream, making way for thousands of future construction and operational jobs.

    The planning system already tightly controls viable uses of onshore land, with many landowners restricted to limited options that result in under utilised land that is barely profitable. Some have felt that the subsidies ban not only creates an additional challenge for landowners but is even unlawful – under current ‘State Aid’ rules, the government should in theory be unable to discriminate against projects based on their geography during a competitive auction process.

    However, it seems the winds of change may finally be blowing. Climate Change Minister Claire Perry has more recently acknowledged a need to bring forward onshore wind into the mix (the case against onshore wind farms has typically been a political one with many in the Conservative party strongly opposed to the idea of large strips of land devoted to wind farming). Lifting the ban would not only provide a much-needed boost to an under-pressure wind energy market, it would also finally allow onshore landowners to compete for rewarding contracts and open the market.

    Most importantly, as we challenge the global issue of reducing our carbon footprint, an increase in onshore supply could be vital in cementing the pathway for UK renewable energy for years to come.

    For further information, please contact:

    Freccia Benn

    Co-Founder

    0203 876 0324

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      CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers


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    • “We found your report informative and easy to read, it was good to see how the wind farm is performing and we were pleased with the results of the audit”

       

      Mark Charles, Exeter

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    • Sara James, Durham

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    • Martin Roberts, Peterborough

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    • Tracy Maria, Cumbria

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    • David Terrence, Devon

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    • “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV Land Agent, GSC Grays

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    • “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

      Ali Walker Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

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    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop, Commercial Disputes Solicitor

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    • “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

      Grant Jones, Chartered accountant, solicitor and practicing arbitrator

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