Our energy-hungry modern way of life means that media stories about power generation are never far from the headlines.
Whether it is the effect which the ever-spiralling costs of fuel are having on the wider economy and household budgets alike, or the geopolitical implications of the UK being self sufficient in its energy production, the questions affect all of us as we go about our daily lives.
The effects on the environment are of great concern to many people and this is why there is currently a great deal of debate about the issue of fracking. On the one hand, government and businesses say that production will bring down prices and on the other hand campaigners say that detrimental effects on the local landscape and possible contamination worries make the process unworkable.
Even so, it is widely agreed that new solutions to the problems of our future energy supplies are important for everyone, so where does green power continue to fit into the picture?
Relying on finite resources which become ever more expensive to process, such as traditional gas and oil exploitation, appears to be something which cannot continue as far as most people are concerned.
This is why renewable energy sources, which also happen to be ‘clean’ power processes, are so popular. In fact, last year saw a threefold increase in the number of new windfarms gaining planning permission in the UK.
The London Array is the world’s largest offshore wind farm project and across the nation the climate and geographical attributes mean that the UK is perfectly placed to make the most of clean energy sources, not just of wind, but also wave and tidal power as well.
Solar energy accounts for an increasing proportion of power generation in the UK, even though some people might think that our weather makes us an unlikely candidate for relying on the sun to meet our power needs.
In fact, advances in the technology mean that solar power is becoming more efficient all the time, and the fact that householders can benefit from government-backed schemes such as Feed-In-Tariffs (FITs) means that more people are taking things into their own hands and generating their own electricity by using solar energy.
Although no one single green energy source might be the answer on its own, taken together solar, wind and wave sources, along with other modern techniques such as bio-generated power, must form the basis for the future of the UK’s energy production programmes.
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