MEP BACKS MILTON KEYNES WIND FARM PLAN
GREEN PARTY EURO-MP VISITS SITE OF PROPOSED WIND FARM
Event: Caroline Lucas MEP visits site of proposed Milton Keynes
Place: Nr Emberton, Milton Keynes
Time: TODAY, Thursday, May 25th, 4.30pm
GREEN Party Euro-MP Caroline Lucas has backed plans for a wind farm near
Milton Keynes ahead of a visit to the site today (Thursday, May 25th).
“We simply must massively extend our capacity to harness power from
renewable sources if we are to preserve energy supply and head off the
threat of devastating climate change,” said Dr Lucas, Green Party Principal
Speaker and Milton Keynes MEP.
Dr Lucas will visit the site of the proposed windfarm today (Thursday, May
25th). The proposed plant, which could be operational by 2008, will house
seven turbines and produce enough electricity to power between 7,000 and
9,300 homes – about ten per cent of households in the Milton Keynes area.
By reducing demand for electricity from non-renewable sources, the wind farm
could reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 38,000 tonnes a year – equivalent
to taking 14,000 cars off the road.
Dr Lucas said: “The twin threats of oil and gas depletion and climate change
mean we face difficult choices about the future of our electricity supply,
as the Government has acknowledged.
“If we are to meet them we must improve energy efficiency and reduce our
demand, but we must also massively increase the generation of electricity
from renewable sources.
“This proposed wind farm will produce enough power for almost ten per cent
of the area’s households – and dramatically cut the CO2 emissions which are
fuelling climate change too.
“I hope local people will familiarize themselves with the proposals and make
their concerns about climate change known to the planners.”