The British government must back wind energy by sending a clear message to all planning authorities about the seriousness of the threat of climate change. This key demand has been put before environment minister Michael Meacher by the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA). It wants every local authority to understand that they each must play a part to combat global warming -- which includes more wind energy. BWEA is concerned at the large number of planning decisions against wind developments that fail to reflect government policy on renewables locally and nationally. While the association maintains that existing government planning guidance on wind energy is up to date, it says local planning committees and some of the government's planning inquiry inspectors are failing to strike the correct balance between local impacts and government policy which stresses the need for renewable energy. BWEA is particularly critical of the anti wind energy stance taken by misinformed government backed agencies who advise on landscape matters. Lack of confidence in the home wind market is causing companies to pull out of wind energy, it warns. For the longer term, BWEA is also asking Meacher for further help to planning authorities on the amount and type of renewable capacity they are expected to support.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol