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Winchester residents discuss potential energy crisis

A Winchester climate change conference has been in discussions with residents over the potential renewable technology to combat energy shortages.

The Winchester Action on Climate Change conference saw around 60 residents discuss renewable solutions and photovoltaic cells. However, the most popular response was ground source heat pumps.

It was predicted by an expert speaker that the UK could face blackouts as soon as 2015 as various power stations, including nuclear, will close.

David Green, of Isle of Wight sustainability company Eco Island, said: “We think there is going to be an energy problem and from talking to the government we think it is closer than anybody thinks.

“The government could extend the operational lives of power plants but we will face brownouts and blackouts by 2015.”

He added: “We can save about 25 per cent of energy bills without any renewable energy at all. It’s about learning what you can do to help by turning your fridge or lights down.”

Wind power was also discussed, with a presentation from EDF Energy Renewables on its plans for a wind farm at Bullington Cross, near Micheldever.

The plans would see up to 17 126 m-high turbines which could produce enough energy to supply 15,000 homes per year.