A wind farm in Renfrewshire. Photograph: Murdo Macleod
Liberal Democrats in Britain want to offer all port authorities on the North Sea and Irish Sea a share of £400 million to convert shipyards to wind turbine plants. Under the proposed plan, authorities would be able to bid for a portion of the money to covert ports into construction and testing facilities for giant turbines.
To meet renewable energy targets, Liberal Democrats say that 6,400 new offshore wind turbines are needed. Building these turbines at home will help to rejuvenate the economy by providing jobs and keeping pounds circulating within the country.
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What a great idea. Most of these turbines will be going to offshore windfarms anyway, so there really couldn't be a better place to build them. One of the hurdles for installing windturbines is always the difficulty of trucking such enormous blades overland on narrow highways with tight corners. It is actually a limiting factor in the maximum legth for the blades.
This plan would skip right over that. Elegant work.