United Kingdom

The UK is one of our priority markets for developing new renewable assets and is among the countries where we are expecting to experience the greatest growth in wind power installations. We have a significant pipeline of projects in Scotland and Northern Ireland of around 250 MW and we are committed to growth.

The UK Government has been clear that further action must be taken to cut emissions in order to meet the 2050 net-zero target.

The UK parliament was one of the first in the world to recognise and declare a global climate emergency.
It has also been clear that there are immense economic opportunities in moving to an even greener, cleaner economy, which is why it has put ‘Clean Growth' at the centre of its modern Industrial Strategy. 

The case for onshore wind is clear. It is the cheapest form of renewable energy in the UK and provides the lowest cost pathway to decarbonisation.

Our projects

In the UK, we are working on the development of several onshore wind farm projects both in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Scottish projects are Creag Riabhach in Sutherland (92 MW, consented), Rigghill in North Ayrshire (48 MW, in planning), and Sandy Knowe in Dumfries and Galloway (90 MW). 

The Northern Irish projects are Craiggore (25 MW, under construction) and Evishagaran (48 MW, under construction), both in County L'Derry. 


Sandy Knowe - Go to the project website

Rigghill - Go to the project website

"The UK and the Energy Transition: challenges and opportunities"

Given ERG's ambitions to expand in the UK, we decided to bring together a diverse group of experts from industry, the media, government and academia to gather their insights on the key issues that will shape the UK's energy future and the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Our objective was both to inform our own thinking as a business, but also to share insight with others and make recommendations to institutions and policymakers.

We planned to convene three roundtable discussions to bring together experts, exchange perspectives and gather insights. While we successfully held two of these events in the Summer of 2019, one in Edinburgh and one in Belfast, our plans for a third roundtable were derailed by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, we adapted our plans and, instead of the third roundtable, conducted a series of online video interviews.

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Executive Summary

  • 1. Meeting the challenges of the next phase of the energy transition
    The next phase of decarbonisation in the UK will be more challenging than those of the past, requiring a raised level of political ambition and leadership. The transition will start to impact members of the public more visibly than before, necessitating a more active dialogue between governments, businesses, and communities to anticipate public concerns and earn support.

    While the move away from hydrocarbons as fuel is vital, it must be undertaken in a managed and considered way to maintain energy security and prevent economic shocks that could cause hardship and undermine our collective net zero ambitions. Clear policy direction and commitment to long term support have brought successes in the UK's offshore wind sector; replicating this in onshore renewables will be a vital plank of the next stage of UK decarbonisation.
     
  • 2. Political leadership, policy, and regulation
    Compared to what lies ahead, the progress on decarbonisation to date has been relatively easy, achievable even without high levels of political ambition and direction. That will not be the case for overcoming the greater challenges of the next stage of decarbonisation. We will need courage and determination from our political leaders, which industry must match with its own efforts to drive innovation, show adaptability and bring about economies of scale and cost reductions.

    The planning and regulatory frameworks that govern the UK energy system and related industries were designed for another age and without the objective of tackling climate change in mind. They require a fundamental update to align the regimes with net zero and facilitate the necessary shift to a decentralised, smart and clean energy system.
     
  • 3. Seizing the economic opportunity of net zero, while ensuring a just transition
    Tackling climate change represents a huge economic opportunity for those countries and businesses that can take the lead, and the need to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 has accelerated the ‘green growth' agenda.

    However, policymakers must ensure that the transition to net zero does not exacerbate inequalities by creating ‘winners and losers'. The clean energy transition must be guided by a mature discussion about the future transition of the oil and gas industry.
     

Press releases about our activities in UK