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Editorial, London, United Kingdom

Thursday 26 Jul 2007

Urbines in London

Editorial by BFLS in London, United Kingdom
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Climate change is the single most serious environmental threat facing this planet today and renewable energy sources including wind are a key aspect of combating this threat. Wind turbines are some of the most technologically advanced and cost-effective renewable sources available at this time. Modern turbines are likely to be in operation for about 85% of the year, and have a service life of at least 20 years.
The UK, with its long coastline and North-east Atlantic location, has the greatest potential wind energy resource in Europe with approximately 40% of the European total. Scotland and England have annual mean wind speeds ranging from around 6 metres per second on sheltered terrain to over 11.5 m/s on highlands.¹
If harnessed, this resource would constitute a substantial source of renewable energy that would reduce the UK’s CO2 emissions, helping to combat climate change, and would enhance the security of our energy supply in a future where fossil fuel resources are likely to be increasingly unreliable.
The European Council has imposed a binding target for renewable generation to provide 20% of EU energy consumption by 2020. In the UK, where the figure currently stands at around 4%, Government measures to promote renewable energy include the Renewables Obligation, introduced in 2002, which requires all suppliers providing electricity to end consumers to supply ................more


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