News from the Natural World: The UK Government has passed a new law to replace all chimneys with wind turbines.
The controversial bill is known colloquially as the “The Santa Stopper Act”. The bill passed the House of Commons by a majority of 451 with 198. Resistance was expected in the House of Lords however the Bill was passed with by a large majority of 511 and 139 against.
The bill has become known as “The Santa Stopper Act” due to its highly controversial decision to ban all chimneys on new build homes in the UK and replace them with solo mounted wind turbines. The wind turbines would offer supplemental electrical energy alongside solar panels. The image of smoking chimneys and sleepy villages is certain to be an image of the past.
New law will replace chimneys with wind turbines
A typical home in the UK uses roughly 10,932 (kWh) of electricity every year (911 kWh per month). Depending on the average wind speed in the local area, a wind turbine rated in the range of 5 to 15 kW would make a significant contribution to this demand.
The Bill was initially controversial but has since been met with public approval. This is because alternative energy is quickly growing in interest for homeowners. The UK Government proposed that homeowners’ ability to generate their own renewable energy is crucial. They will be less dependent on increasing energy prices and divestment from fossil fuels was ultimately a hugely positive step. While solar is generally the go-to eco-friendly option, wind power is also a great solution. However this is only for those living in areas with reliable wind speeds. Given that the UK is one of the windiest countries in Europe critics fears were easy to dismiss.
The “Santa Stopper Act” will come into force immediately. Finally, all new builds will have their personal wind turbine in place of a chimney.
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