Caroline Lucas: Drop In Cost Of Wind Energy Should Sound Death Knell For Hinkley Point Nuclear Project
Experts says green energy is now more affordable.
An irony of the Tories tying themselves in knots here is that this doesn't chime with what the voters say. Poll after poll shows a clear majority in favour of onshore wind. And the same result happens if you ask people if they would be happy to have turbines built near to them.
First things first, 2013 has been a record-breaking year for offshore wind, with over a gigawatt of additional capacity installed. This is in keeping with an annual growth rate of at least 50% in the offshore wind sector, which has been a constant since 2004.
The last fringe banner of the party conference season has been rolled up, the last canapé eaten (sushi seemed to be popular this year, joining more traditional options like sandwiches and quiches), and the politicians have decamped from Glasgow, Brighton and Manchester and headed back to Westminster...
The abundance of wind in and around the UK can deliver billions of pounds of investment, new technology and new jobs. By havering here the Government risks undermining much-needed investor confidence; and lower projections could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
In the numbers game, wind energy is continuing to ride high, despite what certain politicians have been saying in the recent local election campaign. At the end of April, the Department of Energy and Climate Change released the latest wave of its polling on public attitudes towards renewable energy.
This week as the UK basked in the first rays of spring, the economy appeared to be looking towards sunnier times. Forecasts from the British Chambers of Commerce show just enough growth in the last quarter for the UK to avoid falling into a second recession.
Ofgem's figures show that the current cost to UK households of developing all forms of renewable energy, including wind, is less than £20 a year. For less than 40p a week, we can develop a thriving UK-based renewable sector, including wave and tidal energy, which will provide secure, cost-effective and clean energy for generations to come.