The last 10 years have seen unprecedented growth in the contribution of wind power to the UK's energy needs. Thousands of wind turbines have been erected both onshore and offshore, on sites that have been heralded as the bedrock of the UK's bid to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Politicians see wind power as so important, Boris Johnson has pledged the UK will become the Saudi Arabia of wind, a reference to oil production giant. But, how do the government's plans stack up? Is the UK really going to be the largest wind energy producer on the planet? The growth in wind turbines In the last 20 years, the contribution of wind power to the UK's energy needs has gone from around 320MW (in 2001) to more than 24GW (in 2021) - a 73-fold increase. Nearly 20GW of that has come on stream in the last 10 years. One of the massive offshore wind farms the government has been keen to promote, Hornsea One, is now the largest offshore wind farm in the world with an operational … [Read more...] about Wind turbine farms in Britain have grown in the last 10 years – is the UK the Saudi Arabia of wind power?
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Business leaders have raised concerns that the UK's fast growth in offshore wind is not being matched with benefits to the economy. The port of Blyth in Northumberland was once the biggest exporter of coal in Europe but has transformed itself into a leading hub for offshore energy, and most of its work is with offshore wind. Its chief executive told Sky News the UK could get to net-zero emissions - but with the economy missing out. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player The Daily Climate Show: Why you should care about wasps "It's a big issue," Martin Lawlor said. "We could have largely zero carbon electricity but most of the jobs remain abroad." Advertisement With the number of wind farms growing fast, Mr Lawlor said developers need to be held to account over their supply chain plans. "The vast majority of all wind turbine components are built abroad - that's from the top of the turbine to subsea … [Read more...] about UK’s wind farms are helping emissions but not the economy, say business leaders
Britain's wind farms set a new clean energy record on Monday, generating almost half of the electricity system, thanks to the blustery bank holiday weather. More than 17.6 gigawatts (GW) of electricity was generated by offshore and onshore wind turbines for the first time in the middle of the afternoon (3.30pm) - enough to power 3.5 million kettles, according to the Guardian. That represented nearly half (48.5%) of the electricity grid in England, Scotland and Wales, according to data from operator National Grid ESO, and beat the previous record of 17.5GW set on 13 February. Latest news on climate change Yesterday #wind produced 35.2% of GB electricity followed by gas 30.4%, nuclear 14.9%, imports 8.3%, biomass 7.2%, solar 2.8%, hydro 1.2%, coal 0.1%, other 0.0% *excl. non-renewable distributed generation pic.twitter.com/1vXCzxHrhN — ESO Control Room (@NGControlRoom) May 4, 2021 That was more than the contribution made by gas plants, nuclear reactors and … [Read more...] about Wind power hits new British record on blustery bank holiday
Ferocious winds have caused chaos across the UK, with homes damaged, roads and rail lines closed, power cuts and businesses forced to shut as forecasters warn of a second day of storms. Last night firefighters were called to a partially collapsed house last night as heavy wind and rain caused chaos across the UK. Bricks were strewn across the street in Manchester, with crews forced to close the road off amid fears of falling debris. The Severn Bridge, which links England and Wales, was forced to shut as dangerous gusts swept across the country, while train companies this morning warned that services would be disrupted. Fallen trees have caused chaos on roads and rail - while power cuts were reported in some parts of the country. Pubs shut early yesterday as their beer gardens - the only area where customers can currently be served under Covid restrictions - were battered by heavy rain. The Hop Pole in Willerby, Hull, wrote yesterday on Facebook : "Even with the … [Read more...] about Homes damaged, bridges close and fallen trees cause chaos as 65mph winds batter Britain
Dressed in a futuristic wetsuit that enables her to stay submerged for hours, diver and scientist Mirai is trying to discover secrets of the deep in the Western Pacific. Mirai is the animated protagonist in Beyond Blue, an ocean adventure video game set in the near future. Inspired by the BBC Blue Planet II nature documentary, and using some footage from the British broadcaster, the game is designed to make players care about the marine world. Both Mirai and the deep she is exploring are based on insights from three real-life experts active in the field of marine biology, oceanography and ocean exploration. Alan Gershenfeld, a co-founder of E-Line Media, the US game publisher and developer behind Beyond Blue, said he wanted to create a strong protagonist who would serve as a role model for players to connect with and look up to. Developers of Beyond Blue aimed to inspire gamers to care about the ocean by exporing its wonders virtually "The more gamers care about the … [Read more...] about Video games get serious about climate change