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Scotland in need of 800 extra wind turbines

THE number of wind turbines in Scotland will have almost to double over the next four years for Labour to meet its renewable energy targets, a new report reveals.

About 800 extra turbines will be required if energy suppliers hope to generate 10% of their supply from “green” sources by 2010. They face heavy penalties for failure.

More than 1,000 turbines producing 1,820 megawatts have been built, are under construction or have received consent. It is estimated that Scotland will need to generate at least 3,400MW of renewable energy to meet its target.

The figure is revealed in a new study by the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA), published last week.

The rise in renewable energy production would generate enough power for 1.8m homes.

It would displace more than 3m tons of coal burnt in power stations, avoid more than 7m tons of carbon dioxide emissions and lead to more than 2.5 billion worth of investment in construction and infrastructure.

Jack McConnell, the first minister, wants the amount of energy produced from renewables to rise to 40% by 2020.

Because onshore wind is considered the quickest and cheapest way of bolstering the country’s green credentials, ministers and developers are keen to ensure that wind farm proposals are given the green light.

However, anti-wind farm campaigners say the huge building programme will provoke fresh disputes between... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
About 800 extra turbines will be required if energy suppliers hope to generate 10% of their supply from “green” sources by 2010. They face heavy penalties for failure.

More than 1,000 turbines producing 1,820 megawatts have been built, are under construction or have received consent. It is estimated that Scotland will need to generate at least 3,400MW of renewable energy to meet its target.

The figure is revealed in a new study by the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA), published last week.

The rise in renewable energy production would generate enough power for 1.8m homes.

It would displace more than 3m tons of coal burnt in power stations, avoid more than 7m tons of carbon dioxide emissions and lead to more than £2.5 billion worth of investment in construction and infrastructure.

Jack McConnell, the first minister, wants the amount of energy produced from renewables to rise to 40% by 2020.

Because onshore wind is considered the quickest and cheapest way of bolstering the country’s green credentials, ministers and developers are keen to ensure that wind farm proposals are given the green light.

However, anti-wind farm campaigners say the huge building programme will provoke fresh disputes between rural communities and developers.

Across the country there has been stiff opposition to wind farms from local residents who claim they are noisy, unsightly, can damage tourism and threaten rare birds of prey.

One of Europe’s largest wind farms is proposed for the Isle of Lewis. If successful, it would comprise about 600 turbines at a cost of £411m.

Last night the Tory party said that Scotland was is in the grip of “windmill madness”, adding that the executive’s “simplistic obsession” with onshore wind would blight dozens more rural communities.

A spokesman for the BWEA said: “Onshore wind is the essential catalyst to stimulate a wider portfolio of renewable technologies.”


Source: http://www.timesonline.co.u...

APR 2 2006
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