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The power of wind energy
Renewable UK reports that there’s been massive growth in small- and medium-scale rural wind power, with overall installation numbers increasing by 21% in 2012 — an increase of over 3,500 turbines.
But some worries about degression of the Feed-in Tariff rates, and planning and connection problems, might depress the market this year.
Despite some resistance from an aesthetic perspective, wind remains one of the best resources for renewable energy in the UK.
I’ve been surprised by the outputs of what appear to be quite modestly-sized units on farms. Outputs per unit area of land occupation are much higher for wind than solar, and utilisation of the asset is generally 2.5 times higher.
Driving across to the Wash recently, there’s a proliferation of wind installations of various types and sizes on the way. Just like the infrastructure of lines and electricity pylons, the turbines are starting to become part of the landscape — and to my eye, they don’t look terribly out of place in the flat and featureless landscape.
I think we’ll see more of them.