Renewable Energy Systems Call from Environmental Group
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
Friends of the Earth is an environmental group in the West Midlands, and represents East Staffordshire in a call upon Government to give their support to the installation of renewable energy systems by small communities such as East Staffordshire. In an appeal to Government they have requested that more help be forthcoming to schools, small businesses and councils who wish to install low carbon alternatives to energy supply.
West Midlands Friends of the Earth spokesman, Chris Crean, has said that this could be done by encouraging councils to generate their own clean forms of energy using renewable resources. He further added that by supporting clean energy schemes that are of a medium size, reliance on the British big six energy supply companies would be reduced. Chris Crean also said that the so-called big six companies have kept the UK locked in to relying on gas imports for decades, and this to a fuel that is definitely climate changing, with its carbon emissions, and penchant for driving up the cost of energy bills for the consumer.
Mr Crean has also said that Ministers should utilise the current energy bill to promote the use of clean energy resources, as well as using the upcoming community energy strategy to give consumers a stake in the UK’s low carbon energy supplies, from varied solar products to district heating schemes. He says that it is with some urgency that he encourages ministers to act, thus enabling all communities to have a stake in the local clean energy scheme.
Friends of the Earth are working on a number of schemes at the moment amongst them is the plan to determine how regional planning will be developed over the next two decades, and the Birmingham airport that has been earmarked for significant expansion in the future. Also one of its projects is to limit expansion along the M6 corridor as it feels that such development would be to the detriment of climate change initiatives.
The West Midlands is home to about 5 million people and has very diverse environments, from a large conurbation as its central point, to being surrounded by more rural shires, and has on offer a variety of social, cultural and employment avenues. The support of any and all medium sized clean low carbon energy initiatives would be welcomed by Friends of the Earth in West Midlands.
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