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England's green power surge

  • Publish Date: Posted about 1 month ago
  • Author: Steve Walia

​England stands on the brink of a remarkable green energy revolution, with the potential to multiply its renewable electricity production by an impressive thirteen times while using less than 3% of the total available land, a recent study by the University of Exeter has revealed. The study was commissioned by Friends of the Earth.


This groundbreaking analysis highlights the existence of 295,000 hectares of land, suitably distanced from national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, high-grade agricultural territories, and heritage sites, that are perfect for wind and solar power projects. Harnessing this land for renewable energy could yield an astonishing 130,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) from solar power and 95,542 GWh from onshore wind energy. This vast production capacity dwarfs the current renewables output of 17,063 GWh, showcasing a future where England leaps forward in its clean energy journey.


The findings are a clarion call for England to accelerate its renewable energy development and enhance grid capacity, aligning with its ambitious net-zero and climate goals. The country has set a decisive target to lower CO? emissions by 68 per cent by the end of this decade, a goal that aligns with the broader vision of a sustainable future.


National Grid ESO, the country's grid operator, indicates the urgency of doubling clean electricity production by 2030 to stay in step with the global energy transition and move away from fossil fuels.


The opportunity presented by this study is not just about catching up with climate targets but reclaiming a leadership stance in the battle against climate change. England has the potential to transform its clean energy sector, moving away from fossil fuels and setting a benchmark in sustainability and innovation. This positive momentum could inspire action and commitment across the globe, as England redefines what's possible in the renewable energy landscape.