Why Renewables?

In recent years, the emphasis from governments on renewable energy sources over traditional carbon based energy sources has increased dramatically. This in tum has opened up a new, potentially lucrative, revenue stream for those with the knowledge and experience of relevant markets.

The UK is the windiest country in Europe, so much so that we could power our country several times over using this free fuel. A modem 2.5MW turbine at a reasonable site will generate 6.5 million units of electricity each year, enough to meet the annual needs of over 1,400 households, make 230 million cups of tea or run a computer for 2,250 years.

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Since the first wind farm in the UK was built at Delabole in 1991, onshore wind energy has established itself as a mature, clean energy generating technology.

In 2007 wind energy overtook hydropower to become the largest renewable generation source, contributing 2.2% of the UK's electricity supply, with onshore wind comprising the bulk of this. Wind has been the world's fastest growing renewable energy source for the last seven years, and this trend is expected to continue with falling costs of wind energy, energy security threats and the urgent international need to tackle C02 emissions to prevent climate change.

The UK Governments Renewable Energy Strategy states that the ambitious target of generating 15% of all the UK's energy from renewables by 2020 means that 35-45% of electricity will have to come from green sources. The lion's share of these renewables will have to be wind, some 33GW of capacity, delivering over £60billion of investment and creating 160,000 green collar jobs.

The Environment:

With each new wind farm we move a step closer to relinquishing our need of carbon based and nuclear energy which in turn helps us create a safer and cleaner environment.

Every unit of electricity from a wind turbine displaces one from conventional power stations: in January 2009, wind turbines in the UK had the capacity to prevent the emission of 3,682,563 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.

Planning:

In 2006 leading Economist Sir Nicolas Stem published a report for UK Government which clearly demonstrated that climate change must be managed if we are to avoid catastrophic social and environmental effects. In this report planning is identified as an important tool to combat climate change.

Planning regulates the use and development of land, and sets out plans for development. In Great Britain, climate change and sustainable development have been firmly placed at the heart of the planning system, which must make a fundamental contribution to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, stabilising climate change and advancing a iow-carbon economy.

A Window of Opportunity:

With the economic climate in its current state we are in a unique position to attain strategic sites with a viable possibility of being zoned for planning at a reduced cost. This in turn could lead to a significant return on investment.

Also, this type of investment will aid in the recovery of the economy, in the creation and sustainability of jobs, and in the growth of an industry producing a cheaper energy resource

Additional source: www.bwea.com

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