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ENVIRONMENT MINISTER BOOSTS WIND ENERGY

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Environment minister Michael Meacher says 2,000 large wind turbines will be installed in Britain in the next 10 yea...
Environment minister Michael Meacher says 2,000 large wind turbines will be installed in Britain in the next 10 years to cut greenhouse gases, The Guardian reports (p12).

At the climate talks in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he said the government was determined to increase renewable energy fivefold and required a considerable increase in wind turbines.

The paper says extensive wind power in Britain has been held up through lobbying to stop many planning applications.

Half of the planned turbines are expected to b offshore, taking the lead from Denmark. These turbines can be three times the size of land versions and operate more efficiently.

At present Britain has 700 wind turbines, producing 300 megawatts of power in total. One of the problems for wind power has been that only those projects producing power at the lowest cost get support and this means most applications are for the most prominent and windy hills, often in places of scenic beauty.
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