The United Kingdom’s government pledged to lower the UK’s carbon emissions by eighty percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. Recently, however, UK public has begun to wonder if the government is as dedicated to the cause as they claim to be.
An influential website, Wallstreetpit.com, said in a recent article that BP, a large energy company with headquarters in the UK, is closing down its Chinese, Turkish, Indian and British projects and focusing their attention on the United States. The same article implies that approximately thirty percent of the energy supply for the UK is supposed to come from windfarms. There were calls from opinion leaders in the UK asking the government why it has allowed BP to focus on the US when it (the government) says the future of British energy is green.
Adding a few questions of its own, the Guardian website released an article claiming that Great Britain is one of the best locations in the world for windfarm technology. Great Britain’s lengthy coastline and famous wind conditions lend it nicely to the development of windfarms.
The article on the Guardian’s site claims that the new partnership between Vattenfall and Iberdola Renovables has chosen the UK as the host for its latest wind farm project. The project is expected to put out 300MW of wind energy and will cost roughly 780M pounds Sterling to construct. Was this joint venture allowed because BP has moved its focus? If so – why is the government letting private business ventures shoulder the responsibility for wind technology?
More criticism has been lodged about the funding and difficult to understand planning that the government will need if it does, indeed, plan to invest so much of its attention to green energy. If wind farms are supposed to be responsible for thirty percent of the United Kingdom’s energy supply, a large number of farms will need to be constructed to keep up with the energy demand. An independent group, The Carbon Trust, estimates that the building of these windfarms will need to speed up considerably and, at the same time; the project budget will need to cut about sixteen billion pounds from its original projections. A website called Redgreenandblue.com says that only twenty five percent of the windfarms the UK needs will actually be constructed by the self imposed 2020 deadline.
Not only experts, but also most public opinions in the United Kingdom agree that renewable energy and not the current power grid is the future of energy production for the country. Green energy costs less money in the long run and is better for the globe than the current power grid system. Unfortunately, because of the shortfalls, British people should ask how committed the UK government really is to green energy. If the government truly wants to implement wind energy, why is the project budget being reduced? What is keeping the 2020 goal from happening?