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Why should the UK be investing in wind power?
In 2021, Prime Minister (UK) Boris Johnson set a target for all of the UK’s electricity to come from clean energy sources by 2035. This is due to the government wanting the UK to become more “energy independent” as the West tries to wean itself off Russian gas and oil.
We have already seen relatively successful changes in the UK by cutting emissions associated to energy production, decreasing by 40% between 1990 and 2019, with a large amount coming from closing coal-fired power stations and more investment in solar, wind and nuclear energy sectors.
With the UK being one of the world leaders in offshore wind, it currently has the combined capacity (onshore and offshore) of around 25GW, which the government has promised to quadruple by 2030. An increase to 40GW would generate enough energy to power every home in the UK.
There are many benefits to wind energy production.
Wind power is cost-effective
Since wind turbines operate mainly on the power of wind generation, they are a cost-effective solution. Once the turbine is complete and installed, it uses little power to continue working.
Clean form of energy
The production of wind energy does not rely on fossil fuels to power the turbines. Wind energy does not contribute to climate change by emitting greenhouse gases during energy production.
It is renewable
Due to the wind being a natural resource, we will never run out of it, making wind energy a sustainable source of energy that we will never run low on.
Advances in Technology
The latest advances in technology have transformed wind turbine designs into extremely efficient energy providers. As technology improves, so do the functionalities of the structure itself, creating designs that will generate even more electricity and run more quietly and safely.
Creating jobs within the community
New analysis by the Global Wind Energy Council (“GWEC”) shows that 3.3 million new wind power jobs could be created globally over the next five years thanks to major industry expansion. This figure includes direct jobs in both onshore and offshore wind and covers the entire value chain of the sector: project planning and development, manufacturing, installation, operation and maintenance (O&M) and decommissioning.
Overall wind energy will make a huge impact on the UK carbon footprint and push us in the right direction for a more sustainable future in our fight for climate change.
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