Saturday, 23 June 2012

GREENS CONDEMN GOVERNMENT FAILURE AS VESTAS WITHDRAWS FROM SHEPPEY PROJECT

Kent Green Party is appalled that Vestas has chosen to abandon its proposed wind turbine factory at Sheerness on Sheppey because of insufficient orders (1). A major contributory factor in undermining wind power development has been the conflicting messages from the Government and the Luddite hostility of Conservative MPs and councillors to wind power. Steve Dawe comments:

“Kent Green Party condemns the Coalition Government for the loss of 2000 potential jobs at Sheerness. Vestas has withdrawn their proposal for a wind turbine factory saying they have insufficient orders to proceed. Conservative local planning authorities must also take a share of the blame, causing long delays with onshore and sometimes offshore wind farm projects(2). This has included an 18 month planning delay for the Kentish Flats windfarm off Whitstable and delays to the onshore connection site for the London Array windfarm(3). Green investment is critical to bringing the country out of recession and the Luddite hostility of Conservative MPs and councillors has been undermining such investment since the Coalition was formed.

“The Coalition claims it is concerned about Climate Change and ending the recession. However the consistent failures of the Coalition Government to support a wide variety of greener energy options tell a different story(4).”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer of Kent Green Party, on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe and published by Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. Monthly free ezine newsletter KENT GREEN NEWS available for subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org
Notes:
1.SEE: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jun/22/vestas-abandons-plans-sheerness-jobs?CMP=twt_fd AND http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2186454/vestas-scraps-kent-offshore-wind-factory-plan
2.The Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD) tracks the progress of projects from inception, through planning, construction and operational phases. REPD (https://restats.decc.gov.uk/cms/planning-database/) AND http://eeru.open.ac.uk/natta/renewonline/rol45/7.htm and
1.See for example, http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/may/19/windpower.renewableenergy
2.The Government is supporting nuclear power despite very high long-term costs and risks and arranging subsidies for this polluting and ultra-expensive technology. See information on nuclear subsidies at: http://www.energyfair.org.uk/no-subsidies It is also supporting Shale Gas extraction despite known risks of water contamination and air pollution. And its failure to tackle aviation, shipping and surface transport emissions adds to the scale of greenhouse gas emissions from within the UK and from what the UK imports.

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