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24 Nov 2008 05:11:20

EA to build 80 wind turbines

EA to build 80 wind turbines
Up to 80 new wind turbines could be built by the Environment Agency on its land.

The agency, which is tasked with protecting the environment, is to announce plans to generate 200 megawatts of electricity from turbines based on its sites around the country.

According to the agency, its proposals could generate enough electricity to power a city the size of York, providing electricity to 90,000 homes, while cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 200,000 tonnes.

Dr Paul Leinster, chief executive at the Environment Agency, said: "By developing these renewable energy projects we are helping to limit and adapt to the effects of climate change, reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and help develop a low-carbon economy.

"We are identifying the main contributors to our own carbon footprint - such as major pumping stations - and looking at how we can generate renewable energy to power them."

Lord Smith, who is also expected to speak at the agency's annual conference, is to call on the government to launch a "green new deal" worth billions of pounds to improve renewable energy technology and create jobs.



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