Onshore wind farms will provide about 5% of Britain’s electricity by 2010, according to the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA). In a new report, it says turbines are being installed faster than predicted. If this is correct, onshore wind farms will take the government halfway to its target of generating 10% of electricity from renewable sources by 2010. The report comes a day before the government unveils a major review of its climate change policies. Entitled Onshore Wind: Powering Ahead, the report claims to be the most comprehensive assessment of the UK’s onshore wind sector ever undertaken. It forms part of the BWEA’s response to another ongoing government review on energy which is due to conclude in the middle of the year. Half full Our research proves that onshore wind will bring major benefits to the economy and the environment Chris Tomlinson The BWEA says that projects already constructed and those already approved will give a capacity of 3,000 megawatts (MW) by 2010. Taking into account potential barriers such as planning consent and grid capability, it identifies a further 3,000MW capacity which it says is ‘forecast to be consented and built’ by […]

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