Wind power lobby gears up for Govt energy review

The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) has opted for external PR support in advance of the Government’s energy review.

Amazon PR launched a pair of BWEA reports into onshore and offshore wind generation this week. The Government publishes its energy review on 14 April.

The agency is also promoting the findings of the BWEA's fifth annual conference, which was held in Westminster this week.

BWEA head of comms Alison Hill said the campaign was focused on stakeholder businesses and politicians. 'The voice of wind power hasn't been heard recently because we have been busy working on compiling data,' said Hill. '[Following our reports] it is time to start shouting our message.'

The BWEA claimed its reports were 'the most comprehensive and realistic assessment ever taken of the UK wind industry'. They are designed to reinforce the case for wind energy as a reliable and environmentally sound source of electricity, and cover potential barriers to adoption. These include planning applications and grid capability.

The reports estimate that by 2010, wind energy generation would have doubled from its current level of 3,000 megawatts.

Hill said the Government would reveal its 'statement of intent' in the next two weeks. This Tuesday, Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett said Labour had 'not given up' on its goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 per cent by 2010 after its Climate Change Programme said this was unlikely.

Amazon has previously worked with the Sustainable Development Commission and Defra.

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