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Woudhuysen, J. Windmills of the mind.

Why is the UK government's energy policy more concerned with changing our behaviour and mindsets than with actually supplying more energy. .London Energy Partnership, in a report Towards Zero Carbon Developments - Supportive Information for Boroughs, propose to pursue the microgeneration of energy on-site, so as to guard against interruptions of supply. Reduced energy consumption is not the Partnership’s only answer to energy problems. As in the government’s recent, The Energy Challenge, it insists that local authorities establish decentralised sources of power . Warning that ‘rising energy costs and risks of disrupted supply are expected in the future. Large Heat and Power (CHP) schemes are favoured but, rather than large-scale projects to supply all the necessary energy, it plays up the micro side of microgeneration in that the new generation of micro-turbines and roof-mounted devices now provides the opportunity for electricity generation on many high-density urban buildings, which tend to experience lower wind speeds, and hopes that, if properly maintained, rooftop gardens could provide enough moisture to keep angled solar photovoltaic panels cool. No doubt these new generation devices are cheap to buy, install, meter and operate and produce incomparable efficiencies and outputs.

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