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1589: Wind power

This paper is summarised from an Institute for Public Policy Research report by Reg Platt, Oscar Fitch-Roy and Paul Gardner, “Beyond the bluster why wind power is an effective technology”

Year of Publication2012

Wind turbines convert wind into electrical energy without emitting polluting gases. Carbon dioxide emission savings from wind energy were at least 5.5 million tonnes in Great Britain in 2011. Although wind is a variable energy resource, it can be easily integrated into electricity systems. Wind power output is predictable and varies at similar rates to existing electricity demand. Our ability to ‘keep the lights’ on during ‘cold, calm spells’ is secure at the levels of wind power projected for the UK by 2020. There are several adaptations to the grid that could enable a much gr eater contribution from wind.

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