UK Renewable Energy Policy Hunt
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
Clarity is needed from government as to where they see the future of renewable energy resources. There appears to be much confusion as to which sources are acceptable, and which are not. Should the emphasis be placed on wind farms or solar panel plants, or rather focused on individual home improvements? Opinions are divided and some MPís appear to be shooting themselves in the foot where it comes to construction of solar and wind farms in their constituencies.
Renewable energy is vital to the environment, global warming is a very real occurrence, and fossil fuels will eventually run dry and when that happens, what will the UK use in its place? There are a variety of options available, like wind turbines, solar panels, wind farms, waste-to-energy plants, individual household assessments and upgrades as per government recommendations.
The question being asked is this: which forms of renewable energy get the official nod from the Ministers? There seems to be dissention in several areas. Jeremy Browne a minister from Taunton has warned against shiny black solar panels causing a monstrous desecration of the countryside since a proposal for a new development in his constituency was tabled. Sarah Wollaston who is an MP for Totnes has spoken out about solar farms in her constituency. Neil Parish is an MP for Tiverton and Honiton who says that Mid Devon is the solar farm capital of the world, and Sheryll Murray, MP for South East Cornwall is concerned about poorly sited solar farms bringing the economy of the Duchy down.
The UK Government needs to have a policy that all can agree upon or the result will be confusion, misinformation, and a general apathy towards the need for low carbon energy supplies. Does the government have a clear policy on what is acceptable, where farms may be located, how plants must look to be aesthetically pleasing?
What is needed would appear to be clarification. Renewable energy is the only way forward. If only there was a consistent answer, perhaps the UK could finally get on with the important business of ensuring that renewable energy, in whatever form it comes, is available and up and running before fossil fuels are depleted and energy is even more expensive than it already is. Where will the confusion end and where is the leadership needed to bring the looming energy crisis to an end? Government needs to have the courage to take a stand.
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