Although the arguments for the long-term benefits of alternative energy sources are irrefutable, companies, like individuals, are too often held back from taking the plunge into a greener future by the attendant high costs.
According to the DTI, this is all set to change with the launch of `Ecotricity’ – a scheme offering competitively priced electricity which is generated principally by renewable power stations. The ultimate aim is for renewables to become a part of mainstream electricity generation.
Speaking generally about renewable energy policy, John Battle, Minister for Energy and Industry, expressed the need to: `…identify what would be necessary… to achieve 10% of the UK’s electricity needs from renewables by 2010′. This highly ambitious target will be met, says Battle, `using energy from waste and landfill gas, and newer technologies such as offshore wind energy and energy crops’.
We are told that agreement has already been reached with the Crown Estate for the identifying of potential locations for the erection of anemometry masts – devices for measuring windspeed.