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wind farms to prevent a UK power crisis

South West could see spread of wind farms in order to prevent a UK power crisis

More wind farms could spring up across the Westcountry after a Cabinet minister paved the way for an increase in turbines to prevent a UK power crisis.

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne yesterday spoke in favour of extra onshore and offshore wind power as he prepared to make a key policy statement to the Commons tomorrow.

Mr Huhne said it was vital Britain became more independent in energy production to allow it to withstand "shocks from the outside world" that could send prices soaring for households and businesses.

There have been controversial developments across the South West, with residents fighting plans for wind farms near their homes.

Last week, plans for a new wind farm at Davidstow, North Cornwall, were thrown out by the county's unitary authority.

Mr Huhne said onshore wind turbines were "incredibly competitive" in producing electricity, but admitted they were "not always as popular in the area where (they are) proposed as you might hope".

There are around 250 wind farms operating in the UK, with a further 12 offshore.

The nearly 3,000 turbines on those farms have the capacity to generate 4,580 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 2.5 million homes.

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Nice to see a bit of reality creeping in into Government thinking!