Why Wind?

Wind is our new North Sea oil – only better.

It’s cleaner, safer, and more abundant.  And, unlike North Sea oil, it will never actually run out. Britain has 40 per cent of Europe’s wind resource, we have enough of it to power the whole country several times over.

Wind energy has been harnessed for centuries of course (just think of sailing boats and traditional windmills). Even the idea of using it to make electricity is not so new (the idea first seems to have come about in the Second World War).

It’s the technology that’s relatively new and which has enabled this to happen in a big way now. Making onshore wind power the most technologically advanced, commercially viable and proven of all the renewable energy technologies available to us.

Modern wind turbines are superb examples of engineering, efficiently and effectively converting wind power into electricity – operating more hours in one typical year than an average car works in it’s entire lifetime.

In short, windmills harness a resource that Britain has lots of, to make an energy source we use lots of (electricity) and they do so with no pollution and with no chance of ever running out of puff – wind energy won't run out on us. This is why we should use it. It’s an indigenous, clean, endless energy source.

The European Wind Resource map

The Europe wind resource map
The wind resource map key

Henry David Thoreau, 1843

First, there is the power of the wind, constantly exerted over the globe… Here is an almost incalculable power at our disposal, yet how trifling the use we make of it.

Henry David Thoreau, 1843