UK’s emissions down by 750,000 tonnes thanks to wind farm power

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EDITOR – Some good news!

On December 28 2011 12.2 per cent of the UK’s electricity demand was met through wind power.

Over the month of December as a whole, UK wind farms contributed 5.3 per cent of UK electricity needs.

This reduced the carbon dioxide emitted through not burning fossil fuels by over 750,000 tonnes (this is the equivalent of taking 300,000 cars of the road).

By 2020 it is realistic to expect that 30 per cent of the UK’s energy supply could be derived from off-shore and on-shore wind farms.

Wind power is only a part of the plan to reduce our independence on fossil fuels. They are a visible reminder that our world has changed and that we can no longer rely on combustion as a perpetual energy generator.

Maximising our renewable energy supply whilst minimising the energy wasted in our homes and businesses are practical local solutions to a global problem.

In the last 100 years the western world has used up local supplies of easy energy in the pursuit of economic progress and in doing so has contributed to increased global temperatures. The only way to maintain energy usage at current levels is to rely heavily on the fuel reserves of other continents.

This makes us vulnerable to increased prices and to intermittent supply.

The harnessing of local renewable energy sources such as wind and solar are inevitable and logical actions to improve UK energy security and to reduce the impact of global climate change.

James Pocklington

Little Lane, Louth