United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Blight in Britain

Contracts have been granted for several hundred megawatts of wind power in England, Scotland and Wales, but no more than a trickle of development is taking place. Most projects are ensnared in the cumbersome British planning process for granting building permits -- a system which allows well organised minority groups to wield a significant amount of influence. There are signs, however, that the government is willing to break the deadlock. The changes needed are neither radical nor difficult to implement, but it might be necessary to put some of the best wind sites, such as hilltops in Wales (right), out of bounds.

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