The Green Party has welcomed the latest report from the British Wind Energy Association (1) indicating that up to 5% of the UK's energy needs can be met by onshore wind by 2010.
Green Party energy spokesperson Tom Tibbits commented:
"This report adds to the evidence that a growing share of our projected energy requirements can be powered by renewable sources. A sustainable energy policy with less energy wastage will lower overall demand and could see the contribution of renewable energy grow even more quickly. By developing renewable energy with no fuel costs, we are actually protecting the UK against the economic havoc that high and volatile energy prices can wreak. (2)"
"This is further evidence that there is no need to replace our aging and expensive nuclear power stations as they are decommissioned. If we show greater ambition in energy saving measures, lifting low income households out of fuel poverty, we can move a safe and secure energy policy forward."
"There are practical ways in which the UK can reduce energy waste and inefficiencies. For example, if all incandescent electric lightbulbs were to be replaced by more energy efficiency bulbs, the energy savings would equate to the output of a medium sized power station (3). A small charge on inefficient incandescent bulbs would have consumers vote with their wallets."
"Further practical measures supported by the Green Party include increasing use of micro-generation of domestic energy supply, ventilation heat exchangers and improved domestic insulation which goes beyond the limited targets announced in the recent budget. The recent report from the Sustainable Energy Commission recommended investment in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Power generation as the way forward for the UK's energy needs. (4)