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Wild is the wind: the resource that could power the world

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Breath of fresh air … a windfarm off the coast of Kent. Photograph: Bob Strong/REUTERS

Wind isn’t just mysterious, destructive and exhilarating – capturing just 2% of it would solve the planet’s energy needs at a stroke. And as the windiest country in Europe, Britain is at the forefront of this green revolution

October 15, 2017 — The wind rips along the Humber estuary in Hull. It’s the kind that presses your coat to your back and pushes you on to your toes. “A bit too windy,” shouts Andy Sykes, before his words Continue reading Wild is the wind: the resource that could power the world

Draughty homes targeted in UK climate change masterplan

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Big winners in the 164-page Clean Growth Strategy include offshore windfarm developers. Photograph: Steve Morgan for the Guardian

Ministers publish long-delayed blueprint for hitting target of cutting emissions by 57% in next 15 years

October 12, 2017 — Millions of draughty homes in England and Wales will be insulated and overhauled by 2035 to save families as much as £300 a year on their energy bills, under the government’s climate change plans. Continue reading Draughty homes targeted in UK climate change masterplan

Christmas Day 2016 sets new UK record for renewable energy use

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Figures show that about 75% of renewable energy produced on Christmas Day came from wind turbines. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Green energy such as wind power made up 40% of electricity generated in Britain, compared with 25% on 25 December 2015

December 30, 2016 — Christmas Day was the greenest on record for energy generation, according to the power group Drax. Continue reading Christmas Day 2016 sets new UK record for renewable energy use

Wind turbine collisions killing hundreds of UK bats each month, study finds

using sniffer dogs, scientists at the University of Exeter report that they hunted for bat carcasses at 46 windfarms across the uk
Using sniffer dogs, scientists at the University of Exeter report that they hunted for bat carcasses at 46 windfarms across the UK, 29 of which had ecological impact assessments available. Photograph: Mark Ferguson/Alamy Stock Photo

Research suggests ecological impact assessments carried out for wind farms are not adequately predicting bat activity or risks

November 7, 2016 — Hundreds of bats are being killed in collisions with wind turbines in the UK each month, despite ecological impact assessments predicting that many wind farms were unlikely to affect such animals, according to a new study.  Continue reading Wind turbine collisions killing hundreds of UK bats each month, study finds

UK climate targets at risk without government support for windfarms

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The Ardrossan windfarm in Scotland. The government will end existing subsidies for new onshore windfarms from April 2017. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Government should restore subsidies for onshore wind power as a cost-effective way of reducing the country’s emissions, says head of ScottishPower

November 3, 2016 — The UK’s climate targets are at risk if the government does not reverse its decision to end support for windfarms, the head of one of the Big Six energy companies has warned.  Continue reading UK climate targets at risk without government support for windfarms

Britain’s energy dilemma – if not nuclear power, then what

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An artist’s impression of Hinkley Point C. Photograph: PA

The delay to the construction of the controversial Hinkley point plant raises a question: what else can provide baseload power without polluting

July 31, 2016 — Britain faces a problem in coping with its complex energy demands. It needs to provide extra energy to meet rising demands for power in coming decades but at a reasonable cost – while also reducing carbon emissions by considerable levels in order Continue reading Britain’s energy dilemma – if not nuclear power, then what

Record 46% of UK’s electricity generated by clean energy sources

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Renewable sources accounted for around 25% of the UK’s electricity generation in 2015. Photograph: Paul Glendell/Alamy

Official figures show low-carbon sources accounted for almost half of national electricity supply last year – outstripping coal for the first time

July 30, 2016 — Almost half the UK’s electricity came from clean energy sources such as wind and nuclear power last year, official figures have revealed.  Continue reading Record 46% of UK’s electricity generated by clean energy sources

Denmark broke world record for wind power in 2015

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Denmark set a new global record for wind power generation for electricity in 2015. Photograph: Rex Shutterstock
Windy year helps Denmark to produce 42% of its electricity from wind turbines, despite two major windfarms being offline

January 20, 2016 — Denmark produced 42% of its electricity from wind turbines last year according to official data, the highest figure yet recorded worldwide.

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