The relationship between the UK and wind energy
Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has voiced her support for greater use of wind energy, after the UK came third in Europe for wind energy capacity.
Beating the likes of Italy and France, the European Wind Energy Association revealed in terms of total installed capacity the UK only fell behind Spain and leaders Germany, with 31.3 gigawatts.
However, Bennett will have to persuade this case to a number of opponents. There are over 200 anti-wind farm groups that exist in the UK today.
One of these anti-wind farm groups is The Wight Against Rural Wind Turbines (ThWART), who oppose industrial sized wind turbines on the Isle of Wight.
Bob Denman, ThWART’s deputy-chairman, speaking at a chocolatier in the coastal town of Ryde, believes planning applications don’t fully represent the visual impacts of turbines.
With a gust of wind from the Isle of Wight blowing in the background, listen below to Bennett and Denman’s arguments as part of our podcast about the benefits of wind energy and the problems posed by wind turbines to local landscapes.