The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has called for a renewed commitment by the UK Government to renewable energy. Although RSPB strongly resists renewable energy proposals where they have unacceptable wildlife impacts – such as its successful appeal last month in the Court of Session against four large wind farms off eastern Scotland – it supports large-scale expansion of carefully-planned renewable energy across the UK, and does not object to over 90% of sites. In its latest report, ‘The RSPB’s 2050 Energy Vision’, a mapping analysis showed how the UK can deliver its climate targets using ambitious levels of renewable energy, without major risks to sensitive species and habitats. It concluded that renewable energy should be prioritised in the UK’s energy strategy, with continued growth of onshore wind, solar and offshore renewables in addition to reducing energy demand. The report also highlighted major opportunities to develop renewable energy in deeper waters around the UK, using innovative technologies like floating turbines to harness strong winds further offshore.
Scottish Energy News 8th Aug 2016 read more »
Tony McDonough: Britain needs urgent solutions to its looming energy gap – and the environmentalists may just have to swallow it. Despite the junk science around it, nuclear energy is safe and emission-free. Coal, on the other hand, has been poisoning us for over a century. Many lament the demise of UK coal industry when we should be glad to see the back of it. A British Geological Survey study of shale gas across the north of England estimated total reserves of 1,300tn cubic feet – the equivalent of more than 500 years of UK gas consumption at current levels. Even if only a fifth of that can be recovered it can still make a huge contribution. If we want the lights to stay on in the coming decades then we may not have much choice. Unless anyone has any better ideas?
Liverpool Echo 7th Aug 2016 read more »