WIND POWER CAN SLASH ENERGY COSTS FOR BRITISH INDUSTRY
Many British businesses could reduce energy costs by up to 35
per cent by building wind turbines alongside industrial sites say
Friends of the Earth and green energy company Ecotricity.
British businesses, like British households, are facing rising
energy costs due to the massive worldwide demand for fossil
Supplying wind power directly on-site and bypassing the grid - a
concept known as Merchant Wind Power - can drive down electricity
costs by up to 35 per cent, ensuring long-term security of supply,
reducing carbon emissions and maximising development of
industrialised brownfield land - all making British industry
cleaner and more competitive.
And while only 1 in 4 wind farm proposals on greenfield sites
currently receive planning approval from local authorities - 95 per
cent of wind projects on industrial land do get approved - yet only
a handful of businesses across the UK currently power their
operations directly from a wind turbine.
Friends of the Earth, executive director, Andy Atkins said:
'British businesses, like British households, are facing rising
energy costs due to the massive worldwide demand for oil, coal and
gas. If we are serious about growing the country out of recession
with a low-carbon economy, UK manufacturing and industry should be
generating their own clean British energy on-site.'