Is the UK ready for wind energy?

It may be 2012 but the UK is still no closer to meeting its renewable energy target. Surprisingly since a YouGov Poll found that over 55% of people are keen to see more investment in wind power – just one of several renewable options that have failed to become more widely used.

The energy secretary Chris Huhne has promised that wind energy could be a recession-busting measure. Mr. Huhne told the press “Renewable energy is not just helping us increase our energy security and reduce our emissions. It is supporting jobs and growth across the country, and giving traditional industrial heartlands the opportunity to thrive again.”  In a speech on the 5th of January, Huhne confirmed the government’s commitment to meeting EU renewable energy targets. North Lincolnshire and the Humber region will be transformed by the plans to harness offshore wind power. Mr. Huhne also expressed his worries that the UK would be left behind if it failed to build a green economy.

There are several multi-million pound developments underway. Able UK has announced proposals to build a marine energy park at Killingholme Marshes on the south bank of the Humber Estuary, which will serve the offshore renewable energy industry. However, local wildlife activists are upset about the loss of feeding grounds for many species of internationally protected waterbirds.

However, if the plans go ahead, an estimated 5,000 jobs could be created at the site as well as providing a boost to other parts of the local economy. The plans have been unveiled to the general public. The Humber region has been named as one of the 21 underdeveloped ‘Enterprise Zones’ across the country as planned hubs to attract business start-ups.

Source: Green Energy UK