Installation of small wind turbines in Britain is growing at 80% a year, according to the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) in its first ever UK market report for small wind systems. It predicts that growth rates of the three previous years will continue through 2008 and into 2009, with the UK as world leader in small systems technology. But the BWEA remains concerned at what it calls the government's continued lack of guidance to local planning authorities who determine planning applications from companies and households wishing to generate their own renewable energy. "Two years after government promised to tackle this issue, industry, local authorities and consumers are still waiting for detailed planning guidance and Permitted Development Rights to be issued," says the BWEA's Alex Murley.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol