About Wind Energy
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Why we need wind farms
Scientists are widely agreed that man-made climate change and its potentially catastrophic effects are becoming a reality and that we need to act quickly to preserve our environment.
Records show that the ten hottest years around the world have all been since 1990. In the UK we have seen increased incidents of major flooding in recent years.
Countries around the world have agreed targets to dramatically reduce levels of harmful emissions being released into our atmosphere and contributing to climate change.
The UK has pledged to cut emissions by 34 per cent of 1990 levels by 2020 and at least 80 per cent by 2050.
Wind power reduces the levels of harmful emissions into our atmosphere by displacing electricity generated through coal-fired power stations.
Not only do wind farms require no fuel because the wind is freely available, the UK is also the windiest country in Europe.
To make the most of these conditions and meet our targets for producing renewable energy we need both onshore and offshore wind farms. There are advantages to locating wind farms at sea, but it is also much more expensive and takes much longer to install turbines in the sea bed.