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Why Wind Power?

Wind power is green, clean and sustainable...we know this because we’ve been using the power of the wind for a very long time. Records dating back 5,500 years describe how man harnessed the wind to propel sailboats and sailing ships. Windmills have been used for irrigation pumping and for milling grain by the Persians since the 7th century AD.

We’ve moved on a long way from the traditional wooden and sailcloth windmills you see around the country. A modern 2.5MW turbine at a reasonable site will generate 6.5 million units of electricity each year, according to RenewablesUK that’s enough to meet the annual needs of over 1,400 households, make 230 million cups of tea or run a computer for 2,250 years.

Because the UK is the windiest country in Europe, we could power our country several times over using this free fuel. Every unit of electricity from a wind turbine displaces one from conventional power stations: in January 2009, wind turbines in the UK had the capacity to prevent the emission of 3,682,563 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum (figures taken from RenewablesUK).

Since the first commercial scale wind farm was built in Delabole in 1991, the UK onshore wind market has grown into a mature and established industry. It is now the fastest growing renewable energy source for the last decade; this trend is expected to continue with lower costs of wind energy, more reliable and efficient wind turbines and the urgent international need to tackle CO2 emissions to prevent climate change.

Other technologies such as offshore wind, marine and tidal generators are being developed and no doubt these technologies will undoubtedly make up a significant chunk of the overall energy mix in 2020 and beyond.

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