ATTITUDE OF WIND POWER IN UK (GROUP 2)
by aframoaa on November 24, 2014 - 8:20am
UK’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS WIND POWER GENERATION (BY GROUP 2)
Wind is produced as a result of a giant convention current in the earth atmosphere, which are driven by heat energy from the sun. Wind power generation is aided by equipment called wind turbine and the wind that blows in our everyday life. Attitude of people towards wind power varies from one country to another based on social, economy and environmental factor. After a recent survey in Betws-y-Coed a town located in North Wales my group have now deeper understanding of the attitude of wind power there and in UK as a whole.
However wind power is generated when the wind blows the turbines, causing it to rotate and as it rotates it transfers some of the kinetic energy to the blade which also turns the gearbox to generate electricity from the wind turbine to a source of supply which can be a national grid or local electricity source. The blade of wind turbine can be designed horizontally or vertically depending on the location that it will be installed. UK is the windiest country in Europe with about 40% of the total wind that blows across Europe, because of its geographical location.
Delabole a town in Cornwell is the first place in UK where a commercial wind farm was developed onshore then Blyth harbor being the first place offshore wind farm was also developed (Esther, 2014). UK’s attitude of wind power is positive but there is a problem about where to deploy the wind turbines since nobody wants it close to them or their sight. The UK government has introduced incentive to help develop wind power all over the country where necessary. Placing wind turbine on a landscape does not generate only electricity but public opinions which diverge from one group or country to another due to culture. Wind power is a renewable energy even though the public consider it to be noisy, no suitable place for them and very costive for installation.
We recognize that there are 66% positive attitude, 8% of negative attitude and 26% neutral towards wind power but it still remain where to plant them. Everyone is practicing NIMBY. The UK public has less information about wind power technically even though they know it is affordable, it easy to maintained, it can be planted onshore and offshore, it reduces carbon dioxide emission into the atmosphere and reduce global warming but still they try to avoid the wind turbines to be planted in their towns and cities. The UK government needs to educate, more on the renewable wind power system for the public to see how beneficial it is for the economy, social and the environment. The more the wind turbine are deployed the more jobs are provided and pollution of the atmosphere will also be reduced just as the EU members have agreed to cut carbon dioxide emission by 40% by the year 2030 (Nelsen, 2014)