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Will alternative energy sources really dominate the UK in the future?

Over the last few days we have seen the UK government highlighting the potential benefits of wind power with over 6,000 new wind turbines expected to be introduced to the shores of the UK over the next 10 years. The government believes that upwards of 50% of UK homes could receive their power from alternative energy sources in the future but there is some confusion and disbelief regarding the figure.

This is not the first time we have seen UK authorities stepped forward with massive plans to expand the alternative energy market. However, in the past these plans have seen UK taxpayers paying substantial amounts of money into a bottomless pet which until now has given a fairly small return on investment. Whether this move towards wind power will prove to be any different remains to be seen or is this just one last gimmick before the election?

This comes at the same time as the UK gas industry is under pressure with a number of UK businesses having their gas supplies cut off over the last few days. While the idea that alternative energy sources would be up to support the vast majority of homes and businesses in the UK is great, in reality we do not appear to be anywhere near this particular target.

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