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Bwea Big Day For Off Shore Renewables

Press Release
27 Jan 2009

Two environmental assessments show ‘huge scope for development’

BWEA, (British Wind Energy Association) the UK’s leading renewables trade association, welcomed the two key Government announcements published today, as a decisive development towards powering up every home in the UK with wind, wave or tidal energy.

The two announcements are the study on locations for future offshore energy developments, which identified scope for between 5,000 and 7,000 more offshore wind turbines, and the study on the Severn Barrage, which shortlisted 5 projects with the potential to supply up to 5% of UK’s electricity consumption.

The conclusion of the UK Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment states that ‘there are no overriding environmental considerations to prevent the achievement of the offshore…wind elements of the programme.’

Maria McCaffery, BWEA Chief Executive, said: “The two studies published today confirm what the BWEA has been saying since UK’s renewable energy targets were published in January 2008: there is enough potential for wind, wave and tidal to supply every UK household with electricity – and then some.”

The Department of Energy and Climate Change minister Ed Miliband said in his statement that ‘in terms of electricity, offshore wind power could potentially make the single biggest contribution to our 2020 renewable energy target,’ while also announcing £500,000 in funding ‘to further develop embryonic technologies like tidal reefs and fences’ in the Severn Barrage.

“There should be a clear sense of urgency regarding the offshore renewables roll out programme. We now know that any potential environmental impacts of offshore renewables will be greatly outweighed by the benefits of harnessing sustainable forms of energy. The industry received a powerful signal today that we are on the right track. The Government now has to act decisively to remove other obstacles hampering the growth of the wind, wave and tidal sectors,” said McCaffery.

For more information on the UK Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment visit: http://www.offshore-sea.org.uk/consultations/Offshore_Energy_SEA/OES_Environmental_Report.pdf
For more information on the proposed Severn Barrage projects visit http://www.decc.gov.uk/severntidalpowerconsultation

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For more information please contact:

Charles Anglin, BWEA Director of Communications, on 020 7689 1966 / 07956 859 749 or [email protected]

Nick Medic, BWEA Communications Manager, 0207 689 1935 / 07977 019 933 or [email protected]

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 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 change.

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