A small working group to explore how regional targets for wind energy could be implemented in England has been set up by the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA). The association aims to produce a workable solution to the present planning permit impasse facing most wind projects. It believes that by giving regions a share in the responsibility for meeting the national renewable energy target of 10% by 2010, they will be more constructive in planning for renewables and accommodating wind energy projects in their areas. The initiative emerged from a meeting on "regionality" at the BWEA's annual conference in September. John Ainslie from National Wind Power, one of the group's members, says that it wants to work constructively with other parties to translate the 10% target into something that can be interpreted at a local or regional level.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol