Magazine article Geographical
Windfarms at Sea May Generate More Hot Air
The Crown Estate's recent announcement that the UK is to get 18 new offshore windfarms is part of a bid to increase production of renewable energy, in order to meet its obligations under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. By 2005, five per cent of the country's electricity supply must be derived from renewable sources, rising to ten per cent by 2010.
The windfarms, to be located off the English and Welsh coasts on UK territorial seabed which is owned by the Crown Estate, should provide one million households with power. Each site must be developed in order for the government to meet the internationally agreed targets.
This projection has been described by Energy Minister Peter Hain as "a very significant contribution" to the nation's needs. And conservation groups Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth (FOE) have also welcomed the plans, which will quadruple the amount of electricity Britain generates using wind.
Mark Johnstone, Climate Campaigner for FOE, said the schemes would "make a major contribution to cutting the pollution from fossil fuels". …