Greenhouse Gas Cut 'Does Not Need a New N-Plant' ENERGY: Efficient Power-Use and Investment in Renewable Sources 'Will Meet Government Targets'

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), February 8, 2002 | Go to article overview

Greenhouse Gas Cut 'Does Not Need a New N-Plant' ENERGY: Efficient Power-Use and Investment in Renewable Sources 'Will Meet Government Targets'


Byline: STEVE DUBE

THE country that pioneered widespread wind power development has turned its back on the renewable energy source, providing fresh arguments for those opposed to wind farms here.

Denmark's new right-wing government is to cancel all renewable energy programmes in a move that brings an end to 20 years of wind turbine development.

In Britain, UK Energy Minister Brian Wilson has suggested that nuclear power has a part to play in future energy production and green campaigners fear his words herald a new atomic power plant in Wales.

But Mr Wilson has also spoken enthusiastically about wind power and said Wales could be a global leader.

Yesterday, Cardiff University energy, environment and countryside expert Dr Kevin Bishop said wind was not the only answer - and accused successive governments of cutting back on investment into renewable energy generation.

"What we ought to be doing is managing our demand for energy a bit more, " said Dr Bishop."Most of the debate is focused on how we meet current and future demand and if we put as much effort into the design of buildings and energy efficient appliances we could cut down on the amount of energy we need.

"The Government has cut back for years on investment in renewables but we are in theory blessed with tremendous resources." These included geo-thermal and solar sources of power and hydro schemes as well as offshore generation.

Biomass schemes such as the one that heats the entire National Botanic Garden of Wales - and the one refused planning consent at Newbridgeon-Wye, near Llandrindod Wells - could also provide a route out of the agricultural crisis for farmers, who could grow energy crops to fuel biomass generators.

"Wales is blessed with plentiful resources of wind and water and we should be making full use of our assets, " said Dr Bishop. …

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