Building DK Building SE Electronics DK Energy DK Food DK Food SE Metal Metal DK Metal NO Metal SE Retail DK Wood DK  


Is the UK losing its taste for turbines?

- By Charlotte Stubben

Yesterday, the Guardian published an article about political shifts causing investors to doubt Britain's commitment to wind.

The article published in the Guardian is the first of a three-part series, where the newspaper looks at the political shifts causing investors to doubt Britain's commitment to wind.

Quietly shelved plans for windfarms
According to the Guardian, the government and energy industry have quietly shelved plans for windfarms equivalent to four large traditional coal and nuclear power stations, amid growing public and political anger over the cost and sight of the turbines.

In a report by the Electricity Networks Strategy Group (ENSG), the regulator Ofgem, and leading industry investors, estimates that 28.3GW of onshore and offshore wind power may have been built by 2020.

The estimate has fallen by 4GW in the two years since its last forecast.

Read the article Windfarms axed as UK loses its taste for turbines in the Guardian.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, commented on the article in the Guardian.

A responsible energy policy
“A responsible energy policy for this country is one that rules IN all of the key low carbon technologies to help us keep the lights on and emissions down.

Read more: Siemens presents onshore innovations at WindEnergy Trade Fair

“Ruling any of them OUT would be folly. It would mean one less way of cutting our dependence on imported gas, one less way of cutting our carbon emissions. And it would hit consumers where it hurts.

The cheapest of the renewables
“Onshore wind is the cheapest of the renewables – in fact we’ve already proposed cutting the subsidy to reflect falling costs.

“Abandoning it now would force us to rely more heavily than envisaged on offshore wind before that becomes cheaper, adding a further £5 to every annual household bill by the middle of the decade.

Read more: Green light for be £1.5 billion offshore wind farm

“Built in the right places, and with the benefits for local communities we’re introducing, onshore wind has a crucial role to play.

“We need a portfolio of all the available technologies and the investment and jobs that comes with it. That’s what the coalition is united behind and it’s what MPs from all parties voted overwhelmingly in favour of last year.”

Related information: Energy Minister Charles Hendry's blog post on the importance of wind energy.

Write Comment
Popular Articles

Sign up for our newsletter
Already 11,402 subscribers.
View the latest newsletter.
Follow us on:

Outokumpu’s duplex reaches new heights in wind power towers

September 30, 2014 7:06 AM

Finnish hollow stainless steel section manufacturer Stalatube has selected Outokumpu’s duplex stainless steel as one of the main construction material for its new StalaWind wind power towers.

European steel sector set for massive job cuts - Mr Wolfgang Eder

September 29, 2014 10:26 AM

Reuters reported that European steel companies will have to cut a substantial number of jobs to bolster their earnings, reflecting a slump in demand and Asian competition.

Alfa Laval wins SEK 120 million offshore pumping systems order in Canada

September 29, 2014 10:17 AM

Alfa Laval has won an order to supply Framo water pumping systems to an oil drilling platform that will be located in the Atlantic Ocean off the Canadian coast.


See allNews from the companies

AP&T inaugurates new development and production facility in Ulricehamn, Sweden

September 24, 2014 10:57 AM
AP&T

On September 11, AP&T inaugurated its entirely new development and production facility in Ulricehamn, Sweden.

Lesjöfors company Velleuer triples prominent Stihl award

September 23, 2014 10:19 AM
Lesjöfors AB

The German Lesjöfors company Velleuer, situated close to Düsseldorf, was recently honored “Supplier of the Year” by Stihl. A prestigious award Velleuer received for the third time.

ICOM Composites deliver GRP composite raw materials to lifeguard towers.

September 23, 2014 3:40 PM
ICOM Composites A/S

Dansk Polyglas A/S has completed the 26th lifeguard tower and 11 top modules in a complex sand­wich-const­ruction for TrygFonden. The towers can be seen ...

September 19, 2014
September 18, 2014
September 15, 2014
September 12, 2014
September 11, 2014
September 9, 2014
September 8, 2014
September 2, 2014
September 1, 2014
August 25, 2014
August 21, 2014
August 20, 2014