Will the UK lead Europe? … but they are a powerful first step Words don’t make a wind farm… … and British rhetoric is leading Europe … and words do have substantial effects
Words of Power I “As we move to a new, low carbon economy, there are major opportunities for our businesses to become world leaders in the technologies we will need for the future – such as fuel cells, offshore wind and tidal power.” Tony Blair
Words of Power II “As the most commercially viable renewable power source, it is vital that we harness the energy of the wind both on and offshore now.” Brian Wilson
Words of Power III “The benefits of offshore wind are not just environmental; it also presents British industry with a number of opportunities for job creation and investment in manufacturing and construction, especially given the many years of experience gained from the oil and gas activity in the North Sea.” Brian Wilson
NFFO – Bad Design Lack of Planning Procedure No Penalties for Non-compliance No Deadlines
ROCs Added 21 MW in UK in 2003 Reduce political risks Don’t touch the targets Deadlines and penalties Secure adequate sites through planning Develop infrastructure Grid codes that reflect the technology
“Be great in act, as you have been in thought” William Shakespeare Rule Britannia?
European Challenges Economic growth Employment Technology development Exports Environment Sustainable development Kyoto: -8% CO2 Power demand up 1.6% p.a. 2002: EU Energy import: 50% 2025: EU Energy import: 70% Few indigenous resources