Triple whammy for wind as Europe's biggest
onshore project goes ahead
Jul 21, 2008 - British Wind Energy Association
Clyde Wind Farm to provide electricity for 250 000 homes,
London Array back on track - and wind overtakes hydro as
leading source of renewable electricity in the UK.
BWEA, UK's leading renewable energy association, welcomed
today' consent for Europe's largest onshore wind farm.
The Clyde project, developed by Scottish and Southern, will
comprise of 152 turbines delivering electricity to over
250 000 homes.
On a good day for the wind energy sector Shell also announced
it has successfully completed the sale of its stake in the
London Array to its two former partners E.ON and DONG Energy,
which was welcomed today by Secretary of State John Hutton
as "great news".
Both pieces of news come shortly after publication of the
BERR Energy Trends report showing that wind in 2007 has
for the first time overtaken hydro as the primary source
of renewable electricity.
Welcoming today's news Adam Bruce, Head of Sustainable
Development at SSE and BWEA Chairman said "The Scottish
Ministers' consent on Clyde bodes well for reaching EU 2020
targets, as delivering projects of this size will be integral
to meeting the challenge of sourcing 15% of all our energy
from renewables within the next 12 years."
Both the Clyde Wind Farm and the London Array will be commissioned
in phases, with the electricity from Clyde starting to reach
consumers in 2010. Adam Bruce said "Today's developments
show what can be done when industry and Government work
together. Year on year we are increasing wind's participation
in the energy mix and have proved renewables are now a mainstream
source of electricity. "
The British Wind Energy Association is the trade and professional
body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries. Formed
in 1978, and with over 400 corporate members, BWEA is the
leading renewable energy trade association in the UK. Wind
has been the world's fastest growing renewable energy source
for the last seven years, and this trend is expected to
continue with falling costs of wind energy and the urgent
international need to tackle CO2 emissions to prevent climate