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Almost Half of Industry Concerned about Future of UK Farming

31 January 2013

UK - Many farmers and landowners in the UK are concerned about the future of the industry, according to research carried out ahead of Energy Now Expo 2013 . Nearly half (42 per cent) of farmers and landowners expressed concerns, however 95 per cent believe that renewable energy will play a vital role in the future of farming in the UK.

The research has revealed that although many farmers are researching renewable energy solutions for their business, over half find the available options confusing and are discovering there are many issues preventing them from installing technology.

Planning permission issues, lack of understanding about the range of options and inability to pay up-front costs are some of the main barriers; however, all of these can be addressed by partnering with the right renewable energy solution providers.

A high proportion (87.8 per cent) of those surveyed have already researched energy solutions and nearly two thirds (60.3 per cent) have installed some form of renewable energy technology. 70.2 per cent estimate that their installed renewable energy technology will save them up to £25K over five years. 5.4 per cent believe they will save £1million plus.

Energy Now carried out the research ahead of their fourth annual Energy Now Expo which showcases renewable energy opportunities available to agricultural and rural communities.

David Jacobmeyer, Energy Now Expo organiser said: “Renewable energy solutions are a strong proposition for farmers and landowners looking to reduce their overheads and also generate new revenue streams. At Energy Now Expo in February we will be running conference streams offering practical advice to delegates, with the aim of demystifying renewables.”

The event, which takes place on 13-14th February at the Telford International Centre, Shropshire will provide visitors with the opportunity to participate in a multi streamed conference in which industry experts will present and discuss the very latest developments in renewable energy within the farming community.

Dick Strawbridge will also be presenting at the event, providing an amusing explanation of what eco-friendly solutions have worked for him since moving to his Cornish smallholding and started filming his series for the BBC 'It’s not easy being green' in 2005.

The exhibition area will also boast a low-emission vehicle area, showcasing the latest in electric, hydrogen and hybrid vehicles, plus an energy efficiency zone in both the exhibition and the conference promoting and explaining the best practices in energy management.

To find out more about the Energy Now Expo, click here.

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