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Commenting on the official opening today of Europe's biggest onshore wind farm - Whitelee Wind Farm in East Renfrewshire, Scotland - Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins said:
“Whitelee Wind Farm is an exciting step towards a greener future – it will slash carbon emissions and generate enough clean, safe power for over 180,000 homes."
“The UK has the best wind resource in Europe, but more must be done to harness this potential, create thousands of new green jobs and help make the UK a world leader in creating a low-carbon economy.”
Friends of the Earth is calling on UK Ministers to urgently tackle the barriers to green energy development. The environmental campaign group is calling for:
· An industrial strategy that ensures the development of a strong UK renewable energy manufacturing base - our only wind turbine manufacturer is considering closing two of its UK plants, putting over 600 jobs at risk, see here for more information: www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/vestas_19052009.html
· The establishment of a green bank– to provide affordable finance to the renewable energy industry.
· The strategic development of a new offshore super grid – to tap into our vast offshore renewable resources such as wind, waves and tide, and stabilise supply and demand by connecting us into a bigger European low-carbon energy network.
· Investment in a new smart grid - This would use state-of-the-art technology to balance the variable energy generated from renewable sources and intelligently manage our demand for power – as well making it easier for more of the UK's vast renewable energy potential to be plugged in to the system (and encouraging more households to become mini power stations).
· The reform of Ofgem – tackling climate change must be the top priority for the UK energy regulator.Notes:
1. Friends of the Earth believes the environment is for everyone. We want a healthy planet and a good quality of life for all those who live on it. We inspire people to act together for a thriving environment. We campaign on a range of issues including climate change, biodiversity, waste, transport and food. For further information visit http://www.foe.co.uk/