RenewableUK has handed a petition to 4 Government departments signed by over 3,000 people who support small and medium-scale wind generation to in the UK.
The petition, received by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, highlights the vital role that small and medium wind plays in the rural economy. The initiative is part of the “Big 60,000” campaign by Action for Renewables, aimed at increasing the number of small-scale local renewable energy projects.
In recent years, small and medium-scale wind has provided a lifeline for farmers and small businesses in often difficult economic conditions, allowing them to save on energy bills and providing clean power which allows them to generate their local produce. So along with the petition, RenewableUK also handed over a picnic hampers of “wind-powered food” to each of the 4 Government departments. These included beer, cheese, eggs and jam – all made locally using power generated by small on-site wind turbines.
An accompanying letter asks the Government to not penalise the small wind industry in the upcoming Feed-In Tariff review, stating: “cutting investment too soon and too abruptly will put British manufacturers out of business”.
RenewableUK’s Director of Onshore Renewables, Gemma Grimes, said:
“Today’s action is about letting Government know that the decisions they make have a very real impact on the many thousands of people in rural Britain who now depend on a wind turbine to make a living. To these people, Ministers’ decisions affect the number of breweries, creameries and henhouses they can afford to power and so contribute to the local economy.
The upcoming Feed-In Tariff review provides an opportunity for the Government to show it supports a growing and successful industry in the heart of British rural life. We want to see the “Big 60,000” become a reality – that means more and more people generating their own power. But this won’t happen without careful nurturing. The wishes of thousands of ordinary voters who signed this petition should not be ignored.”