East Yorkshire MP Steps Up Wind Farms Fight

The European Union wants a major expansion of onshore wind farm development across Europe to help meet their green targets.

However there is increasing opposition to this form of green energy, with critics claiming that they are inefficient, expensive and a major blight on the landscape.

A new Parliamentary Group has been set up to fight further wind farm blight and this has been joined by East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight.

The new group is chaired by the MP for Daventry, Chris Heaton-Harris, a Conservative.

Greg Knight said: “Our Ministers need to look at this policy again. Wind Farms are an inefficient technology, they add to the bills of consumers because of their huge subsidy and it is the wrong renewable for the UK. We need to change the policy.”

There are about 3,000 onshore wind turbines with a few hundred dotted around off the coast of Britain.

Mr Knight added: “Wind Farms generate less than two per cent of the nation’s power and only produce energy around 30 per cent of the time. When the wind is not blowing – or even blowing too fast as in the recent storms – other sources of electricity have to be used, mostly gas and coal.”

A pledge to cut emissions, written into law in last Labour government’s Climate Change Act, requires a major expansion of renewable energy development.

Forecasts have suggested that the requirement for more wind energy will add £280 to average energy bills by 2020.

A study in the Netherlands recently found that turning on and off gas power stations used as a back-up to cover spells when there is little wind, actually produces more carbon than a steady supply of energy from an efficient modern gas station.

Mr Knight says he wants to see more work done to harness wave power. He says there is as much as 27GW of electricity in the sea to be harnessed, -the equivalent of eight nuclear power stations – “a huge resource that is going untapped.”

“Marine energy is about harnessing the power of the sea – including big waves and tidal currents – to generate electricity. Analysis released by the Carbon Trust in May last year showed the UK could create over 68,000 jobs in this emerging sector.”

“Britain is an island, and we should be using our long shoreline rather than desecrating our beautiful landscape,” he says.