The Telegraph — April 17, 2015
Half of England will be covered by wind turbines, solar panels and fuel crops unless there is huge investment in energy efficiency, campaigners have warned.
A report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says there is a need for much more focus on conserving energy and reducing demand as part of efforts to tackle climate change emissions, rather than just making heat and power supplies cleaner.
Even ”fairly ambitious” measures to give major efficiency make-overs to 65,000 homes a year – up from around 1,000 a year at the moment – which could cut emissions by 44% from homes by 2050, would still leave a significant shortfall in meeting targets.
The UK has an overall legally-binding target to cut greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050, and meeting the target without reducing energy use further from homes would need more renewables and low-carbon power, and lead to higher bills, the report said.
• Wind farms paid £1m a week to switch off
One scenario in the report suggests 3,500 new wind turbines, including 800 onshore, and 8,000 hectares (20,000 acres) of new solar panels would be needed, while half of England would also need to be planted with crops that can be used to produce energy. Continue reading here…..