Thursday, February 2, 2012
Victoria's Green Matters - 2nd Feb 2012
Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury:
Investment for the future has come to light this week, both at home and abroad. The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced a prospectus for the development of a marine energy park in the South West. Further parks are envisaged in Scotland at the Pentland Firth and in Orkney.
Marine energy is thought to have the potential to generate between 150MW and 300 MW by 2020, contributing £15bn to the economy by 2050 and in doing so creating thousands of jobs and a source of low carbon electricity.
It is good to hear that the ‘greenest government ever’ is doing something tangible at last to maintain its image even if that image has been tarnished by statements such as George Osborne’s claim that environmental policies might hold back economic development. It is quite obvious that the opposite is true.
In New York, the Roosevelt Tidal Energy Project, will provide a series of tidal turbines on the East River comprising 35 generators by 2015 if environmental impact studies on people and wildlife prove to be minimal in effect. This is great news alongside US President Barack Obama’s decision to ban the import of oil from tar sands in Canada, the world’s dirtiest fuel.
All we need now is further investment in renewable energy projects, money for the Green Bank to lend, a Green Deal to make homes more energy efficient, strong carbon emission targets and for the government to forget all about a new airport in the Thames!