Wind Power in the UK (PDF). - Sustainable Development Commission

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Wind Power in the UK (PDF). - Sustainable Development Commission

1 IntroductionThe framework identifies ‘climate change andenergy’ as one of four priority areas forimmediate action, shared across the UK. Inparticular, the UK Government and DevolvedAdministrations have committed to “seek tosecure a profound change” in the way that wegenerate and use energy, and in other activitiesthat release these (greenhouse) gases. Theyhave also recognised that they “must set a goodexample” and have undertaken to “encourageothers to follow it”.In applying a sustainable development approachto wind power it is clear that we need to payparticular attention to:• Accounting for the wider environmental,societal and health implications as well as theeconomics;• Ensuring that climate change and security ofsupply issues are responsibly addressed;document to explain technical issues and terms.A breakdown of the two main electrical units isgiven below.Reports on energy issues very often usedifferent units of measurement, which can leadto confusion. Readers should be aware of thiswhen comparing data in this report to othersources of information.Watt – measure of instantaneous power orcapacity:1 GW = 1,000 MW = 1,000,000 kW =1,000,000,000 WWatt-hour – total energy over time (one wattexpended for period of one hour):1 TWh = 1,000 GWh = 1,000,000 MWh =1,000,000,000 kWh = 1,000,000,000,000 Wh• Basing decisions on strong scientific evidenceand ;• Actively engaging all levels of society in thesedecisions.1.3 UK perspectiveThe SDC is a UK-wide body, reporting to thePrime Minister and the First Ministers of theDevolved Administrations. This report reflectsthis remit, and covers wind power from a UKperspective. Where national distinctions exist,these are highlighted. However, where nodistinction is made, the term ‘Government’applies to the UK Government and/or to issuesthat are not devolved.1.4 Technical annexesand glossaryAt the back of this report there are sometechnical annexes that give further informationon the issues covered in the main chapters. Afull glossary is provided at the end of thissustainable development commissionWind Power in the UK 5

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