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The transition to wind production in Aberdeen is already well underway, although most of the projects won’t come online until 2030 or later. 

The transition to wind production in Aberdeen is already well underway, although most of the projects won’t come online until 2030 or later. 

 Photographer: Emily Macinnes/Bloomberg

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Net Zero Will Make or Break One of the UK’s Wealthiest Cities

Aberdeen in northeast Scotland is trying to make the leap from an oil town to a renewables hub amid growing demand for cheap home-grown energy.

Shell Plc Engineer Denise Neill knows as well as anyone in Aberdeen, the UK’s oil capital, that the fortunes of a city that gets its income from one source can change quickly. The daughter of a farmer, she witnessed in the 1970s how the discovery of North Sea oil transformed the lives of local people, including her father who switched to selling rock from a quarry on his land for the expansion of the city’s airport.

“You had a lot of people suddenly going into businesses they’d never worked in before and within a very short space of time,” Neill, 55, said from Shell’s Scottish headquarters in the city.