Wind Farm Approvals Kick off Wind Campaign

In just one day, three major new wind farms, representing over 300 MW of new wind power capacity were approved in Scotland and Wales, three times as much as was built during the whole of last year. The news comes on the heels of the launch of a major new campaign from the UK wind industry, called Embrace the Revolution.

The campaign is backed by high-profile celebrities such as Chris Tarrant, the designers of the London Eye and Guy Berryman from Coldplay, along with local champions living near Britain’s wind farms. To date, some 7000 supporters have signed up to the campaign. A major new photographic exhibition celebrating the aesthetics of wind turbines will be opened on Saturday at the London Eye on London’s South Bank. To date this year, 30 new wind energy projects have been consented, equating to a 75 percent approval rate, and totaling some 770 MW. This compares with a current total installed capacity of 770 MW, meaning that in one year, as much has been consented as was constructed during the industry’s 13 year history. An additional 1,700 MW of projects previously consented, on and offshore, are either under or awaiting construction, meaning that the UK wind industry has a total of 2.5 GW of approved projects, representing some 2.5 percent of UK electricity supply when built. “The UK wind industry is clearly going from strength to strength. In less than 24 hours we have seen the approval of over 300 MW of new wind power, which will bring with it not just clean green electricity for over 200,000 homes but jobs in a new growth industry, all building on the base of strong public support,” BWEA Chief Executive Marcus Rand said. “This is a further powerful signal that the UK is truly embracing the renewables revolution.”

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