Wind is clean, inexhaustible and free!
The UK is said to have the largest potential wind energy resource in Europe. Wind is one of our most promising renewable energy technologies in the UK and already provides electricity for over 1,137,784 households, saving the emissions of carbon dioxide.
Wind turbines are a proven, reliable technology that already account for over 1.5% of the UK’s domestic electricity supply, rising to as much as 12% by 2025 and is cost competitive with conventionally generated electricity pricing.
2007 is a critical year for the wind industry if it is to meet widely held expectations of it as the main contributor to meeting targets. 771 MW is already under construction but a potential 6 per cent (7.8 GW) of UK electricity supplies is still caught in the planning system from onshore wind projects alone.
Updated Jan 2007
Wind farms are:
Wind farms can be situated either onshore or offshore but for now onshore wind is almost twice as economic than going offshore.
Public attitudes have been widely documented and consistently demonstrate that a clear majority of between 70 and 80% of the general public are in favour of wind energy. Those living near a wind farm reflect this positive feeling: In many cases, people with negative views prior to the building of a wind farm changed their mind once the wind farms were built.
To learn more about the myths & facts of wind energy, download the BWEA Embrace factsheet (pdf 155kb)..