England might not be suitable for producing wind energy

Author: Kim Jacobs All about moving and London

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The production of green energy – one that uses wind and the sun power as the most basic resource for turning into energy needed for the functioning of modern society – is one of the hottest topics in the industry for the past decades. Green energy production has touched every aspect of human life – from the way we conduct man and van relocations and deliveries to the way we look at the waste management at our homes and at work.

Even though it is fairly obvious that there is not much potential in the production of green energy from the Sun in our country, due to the lack of enough sunny days per year to make the investment viable, there has been much talk about the potential of wind energy production. Indeed, quite a few plants for wind energy production have been made in the past years. The bad news is that all the data shows to the fact that England has met its limit in this sector as well, or at least that is what Hugh McNeal, head of the UK’s wind industry trade body, recently said in an interview published by The Telegraph.

McNeal says that England is just not windy enough to make the construction of new wind-energy farms sustainable. The revelation comes as a bit of a surprise, mainly because the focus of the interview was to be the challenges that the industry is going to face after the Government cut the subsidies for wind-energy production in April.

According to McNeal, the cheapest and most efficient way to produce wind energy is in the onshore farms and that is where the focus of both members of the industry and the ministers should be. Unfortunately, he adds rather grimly that more farms are far from likely to be built in England – that is, aside from those that have already received funding and are waiting to began construction.

He told the Telegraph: “We are almost certainly not talking about the possibility of new plants in England. The project economics wouldn’t work; the wind speeds don’t allow for it”.

Wind turbineThat is in contrast to Scotland, which is expecting many more new investments in the wind-energy sector in the years to come. The country is, as it all points out, a lot windier than England, so there is a rather large chance that it is going to become a leader in the production of eco-friendly renewable energy in the region.

There is arguing that alternative energy sources are to be sought in the future, because they are:

  • Cheaper
  • Greener
  • More sustainable

But it is not going to be wind – or sun – for England. There is still hope however. A new project plans for the creation of the world’s first Tidal Lagoon Power plants very soon. Four of the establishments are going to be in Wales and two in England. The future is going to show if the idea is indeed viable and worth pursuing. It is definitely a big chance for the country.