Chris Blantern

 

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At the October 14, 2014 Brown County Board of Health meeting, a motion was unanimously approved declaring the Shirley Wind turbines a "Human Health Hazard".  The text of the unanimously approved motion reads:

 

"To declare the Industrial Wind Turbines at Shirley Wind Project in the Town of Glenmore, Brown County, WI. A Human Health Hazard for all people (residents, workers, visitors, and sensitive passersby) who are exposed to Infrasound/Low Frequency Noise and other emissions potentially harmful to human health."

 

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Please send any expressions of support and, if applicable, your expereinces to:  BOHsupport@bccrwe.com   

 

It's nearly Christmas and along with shopping and planning festivities it also signals frantic activity on the wind farm front!
 
Two applications, Loch Urr and Benbrack, have been submitted to the Scottish Government for wind farms over 50MW.  An application for 9 turbines at Gass Farm has been submitted to council and just as the council were due to make a decision on Larbrax, the developer withdrew the application.
 
TW312 have also released their latest figures on the status of wind farms across Dumfries and Galloway.  See further down for the shocking figures or click here 
 
 

Update on Stewartry wind farms
 
Barcloy Hill & Chapman's Howe 
 
REG Windpower, the developer of Chapman's Howe, wrote to the Reporter to request that one Reporter should decide both the Chapman's Howe and Barcloy Hill appeals.  In one way this would have made sense as the two sites are adjacent to each other.  RES's response indicated they were not happy with the suggestion and requested that they were decided separately.  The Reporters have decided that the two proposals will be decided separately.

The Chapman's Howe decision is due by 23rd December 2014 and Barcloy Hill by 9th Jan 2015.
 
Knockendurrick 

Banks have requested an extension for the determination date of the Knockendurrick application until 31st May 2015.  No explanation is offered to the public as to the reasons why but the council have agreed to the request.
 

Loch Urr 

An application has been submitted by E-on to the Scottish Government for an 83MW wind farm between Corsock and Moniaive, with 26 turbines up to 127.5m. 
 
The closing date for objections is 12th January 2015.  
 
 If you would like more information on the proposal please visit www.savelochurr.com
 
If you would like to object to the proposal, please go to http://scotlandagainstspin.org/Objections/loch-urr/  and complete the objection form.
 
 
Benbrack

E-on have also submitted plans for an 18 turbine wind farm (over 50MW) north-east of Carsphairn.  Closing date for comment is 12th January 2015
 
 
California wind farm, near Creetown
 
Public Meeting

Wigtown County Buildings
Tuesday 16th December 2014
7.30 – 8.30pm

Refreshments provided
 
"Save Wigtown Bay were initially successful in getting the met mast refused by Dumfries and Galloway's Planning Applications Committee back in August. 

Their comments were: 

“The proposal would result in a loss of amenity and have a detrimental visual impact on the landscape character of the Galloway Hills Regional Scenic Area”.  

At the PAC meeting, a petition with over 250 signatures of people from The Machars objecting to the met mast was tabled.  However, Ecotricity have appealed directly to the Scottish Government (DPEA).  We subsequently, tabled another 180 signatures to the DPEA. (not one was in favour of the mast)  and a decision will be made on the mast around the 1st January 2015.
Ecotricity have now submitted a Proposal of Application Notice for California, hence our meeting."
 
If you care about this area and don't want to see this landscape ruined by wind farm development please come along to the meeting!
 
More details at http://www.savewigtownbay.com/

silent night 
 
Further afield
 
Gass Farm, Glenluce

Willowind (Gass) Ltd have submitted an application to the council for 9 x 126.5m turbines.  With Artfield Fell, Artfield Fell ext, Glenchamber and Carscreugh already in the immediate vicinity there will be a significant cumulative impact in this area.
 
A planning application for 1 x 36.6m turbine at Longforth Farm, Glenluce has been submitted.
 
Larbrax  

(8 x 100m near Killantringan beach) was due to be decided at Planning Application Committee  on Wed 27th Nov but was temporarily withdrawn by the developer at the eleventh hour.

 
 

Consultation on public engagement
 
The Scottish Government have agreed to produce good practice guidance in relation to public engagement  on proposals for wind turbines.  This is in response to Aileen Jackson’s Petition to change the 20m neighbour notification limit.

 

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/turbineneighbournotification
 
The public consultation on the draft guidance ends on 15 December 2014, and the main consultation page and associated documents are available to view online at www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations
 
If you would like to submit a response to the consultation, please complete the Respondent Information Form (Annex D within the document) and send this by email to: 

PE1469Consultation@scotland.gsi.gov.uk by 15th December.
 
Or by post to:
 
Michael Westwater
Planning & Architecture Division
Scottish Government
Area 2-H
Victoria Quay
EDINBURGH
EH6 6QQ
 
 

November 2014 figures for turbine numbers in Dumfries and Galloway
 

Status

No of wind farms

No of turbines

Capacity output

 

 

 

 

Operational

12

212

334.5

Offshore

  1

  60

180

 

 

 

 

Total (operational)

13

272

514.5

 

 

 

 

Consented

15

324

913.6

 

 

 

 

Total (op & con)

28

596

1,428.1

 

 

 

 

Awaiting decision

20

257

719.7

 

 

 

 

Total

48

853

2,147.8

 

 

 

 

Scoping stage

35

530+

1,450+

 

 

 

 

Grand Total

83

1,383

3,597.8

 

 

 

 

Abandoned schemes

2 – Blackmyre Moor & Mark Farm, Creetown

Refusals at appeal

7

54

148.3

Refusals work out at just 10% of the operational & consented number of turbines and capacity!

For more details on individual developments click here

 

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Barcloy Hill 

 

This proposal for 5 x 115m turbines was unanimously refused by council last month on landscape and visual impacts and residential impact grounds.  However, comments by the developer, RES UK, which persistently imply that the lack of objection by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to this development, somehow equates to no concerns, could not be left unchallenged. 

 

Project manager John Appleton said: “RES is disappointed with the planning officer’s recommendation to refuse Barcloy Hill Wind Farm. The findings of the council’s landscape officer are at odds with the assessment RES has undertaken and more importantly Scottish Natural Heritage does not object to the project."   (Daily Record 11 July)

 

“Whilst Dumfries and Galloway Council raised objections on the grounds of effects on landscape character and visual amenity, this position is not supported by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)."  (RES website)

 

According to the BBC website, RES UK, "expressed its disappointment at the decision saying that the objections due to the effect on the landscape had not been shared by Scottish Natural Heritage."

 

This is not an isolated incident but also happens with other developers across the whole of Scotland.

 

Turbine Watch 312, fully supported by GLARE, Save Loch Urr, South West Wind Farm Action Group, Say No to Arriequhillart and Biosphere and Dark Sky Park Protection Ltd, have written to Ian Ross, the new Chair of SNH asking that action is taken to rectify this situation.

 

We are lucky in Dumfries and Galloway that our councillors are fully aware of SNH's approach and know that they need to have regard to their detailed comments and not just their formal position.  (Anyone reading SNH's detailed comments on the Barcloy proposal can be in no doubt as to their views!).

 

Unfortunately, this is not our experience with the wider public and developers can exploit this confusion to undermine the council officers' recommendation and to imply that objectors are mere NIMBYs.

 

Unless the position is clarified, the effect over time could be to erode confidence in the Council's policies, which we strongly support and which need to be consistently applied if we are to end the ongoing uncertainty and strife in this field.

 

We expect wind developers to operate in an open, honest and ethical way, sadly in this instance none of those qualities are apparent.

 

 

Chapman's Howe

 

There is a good possibility that this proposal for 3 x 100m turbines adjacent to the Barcloy Hill site, could be decided at the PAC meeting on Wednesday 24th September.  We will let you know once we have definite confirmation.

 

 

Knockendurrick (Gatehouse of Fleet)

 

Next in line for decision after Chapman's Howe!  Again we will let you know when we have more information.

 

 

California wind park

 

Ecotricity's application for an 80m met mast at Kirkdale Hill is due to be decided at the PAC on the 27th August. 

 

A scoping opinion has now been submitted for 7 x 126m turbines on Kirkdale Hill near Creetown.  Whilst the mast is likely visible from Cairn Holy it would appear only one or possibly two of the turbines would be.  However, this development would be highly visible from across Wigtownshire, sit within a Regional Scenic Area and impact on several sensitive archaeological sites.  We shall be keeping a close eye on this proposal.

 

Several people have already contacted us to ask why this proposed development has been named 'California'. Apparently there is a derelict building on site with that name!

 

 

Auchleand 

 

Community Windpower Ltd have requested an extension to the decision date until the 9th October.

                

 

Larbrax 

 

Is open for comment until 28th August

                                                                                                                              

8 x 100m turbines planned to the north of Portpatrick and Killantringan beach.  This development would be situated near the early section of the Southern Upland Way, in a Regional Scenic Area and, with the North Rhins wind farm, would have significant cumulative impact.

 

If any of you know/visit the area please consider putting in an objection.  For more information please visit the Save Killantringan Viewpoint Facebook page

 

https://www.facebook.com/killantringan

 

 

Clyde extension

 

A further 54 turbines have won approval from the Scottish Government to be added to the 152 already built

 

 

Balgrayhill (nr Lockerbie)

 

No. 4/E/4/0010 –  scoping opinion submitted for 1 x 60.5m turbine

 

 

The Future of Galloway's Landscapes

 

See below for the details of an event that the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) are holding, with the help of the Galloway Preservation Society, in Gatehouse of Fleet on Saturday, 23rd August.

 

The purpose of the event is to give APRS members the chance to meet each other and discuss the future of the region's landscapes generally, taking account of all the pressures on it such as afforestation, more intensive farming, the pressure to relax controls over rural housing and other forms of renewables, as well as wind.

 

APRS want to show people just how attractive an area it is and how much care must be taken to ensure that it is properly safeguarded and looked after in the future. So long as attendees are happy to respect this overall objective, APRS would welcome as big a turnout as possible.

 

The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) in association with the Galloway Preservation Society (GPS) are holding an APRS Members Day: The Future of Galloway's Landscapes on Saturday 23rd August at the Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse.

 

All APRS and GPS members, friends and family are most welcome to attend this APRS Members’ Day, which this summer comes to the Fleet Valley National Scenic Area in Galloway.

 

Venue:

Faed Gallery, The Mill on the Fleet, High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet,

 

Time:  
 
10am Coffee
 
10.30 – 1.00 Speakers and discussion on The Future of Galloway Landscapes

1.00 – 2.00 Buffet lunch (see below for charges)
 
2.00 – 4.00 Site Visit to Knocktinkle NSA Viewpoint then to Dromore and Gatehouse Station, 5 miles north-west of Gatehouse, involving optional short walk (maximum 3 miles) on fairly level ground.

 

Booking:

If you would like to attend please book in advance by Monday 18 August, to help us assess catering numbers. The cost is £10 per person, payable on the day, which includes coffee, lunch and a contribution towards room hire. To book or for any queries please email info@ruralscotland.org or ring 0131 225 7012.

 

Chapman’s Howe  (3x100m turbines) previously had an agreed decision date of 20th Jan 2014. We understand that the developer [REG] has asked for more time before the application is considered at the Planning Committee. This has been agreed by the Council.  We will post any information about a new date for the scheme to come before the Planning Applications Committee as soon as we hear it.

 

Loch Hill (11 x 100m turbines) was refused by council last September.  The applicant has now appealed this decision to the Scottish Government.  We wait to see whether local democracy prevails!

 

 

EDF Energy paid £3m to shut down Fallago Rig turbines  

 

 

 

An energy firm has been paid almost £3m to shut down turbines on a wind farm because the National Grid did not want its electricity.

 

EDF Energy received £2.99m in six months to halt production at Fallago Rig wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills on land owned by the Duke of Roxburghe.

 

The "constraint payments" are given for not producing energy during periods of high generation or low demand.

 

Read the full story on the BBC News website.

 

This article was published in the Scotsman on Monday 14th October 2013. It serves as a useful resume of how our energy policy has become such a costly [omni]shambles. We have reproduced it here in full and you can see the opriginal here. The author is Bill Jamieson who describes himself:

 

"founder & editor Scot-Buzz, the website for business. Former Execitive Editor The Scotsman."

 


 

 

If it is set to be a cold comfort winter for households as domestic energy bills are hiked, the political temperature is heading in the opposite direction: an explosive boiling point.

 

The truth of UK energy policy has been lost in a maze of subsidies, charges, floor prices and renewables targeting that has led to relentless price increases.

 

The latest 8.2 per cent rise announced by SSE will almost certainly be followed by the other energy suppliers and will raise the average domestic dual fuel energy bill by £106 to £1,380.

 

It is, said one industry expert, “the final nail in the coffin for affordable energy”. But it is only a wonder how it has taken so long for this nail to strike home.

 

Last week’s announcement may have given the impression of hapless energy companies struggling against the impersonal forces of world energy markets. But this is a crisis largely created by successive UK governments. I am grateful to leading energy expert Tony Lodge for an analysis published by the Centre for Policy Studies. Not everyone will go along with some of his radical suggestions, but his account is a useful aide-mémoire of how we got here.

 

Back at a meeting of the European Union Council in 2007, Tony Blair committed the UK to have 15 per cent of our total energy derived from renewables. The level at the time was just 1.2 per cent. No economic impact assessment was put before the prime minister, or indeed commissioned, though in fairness such an exercise could only have been speculative guesswork.

This ambitious target was dwarfed by the commitment to source 35 per cent of electricity from renewables by 2020. Given the tide of political enthusiasm for green energy at the time, when the PM’s finger pointed at the moon, who dared to examine the finger?

 

Last year renewables, including biomass, provided less than 11 per cent of UK electricity, against coal and gas combined at 70 per cent. So the huge switchover inevitably involved substantial costs and sharply higher bills both for business and household consumers. But there was another problem: decommissioning of existing coal-fired plants could land the UK with a crisis of supply. National Grid recently warned again about blackouts and price spikes.

 

The 2007 commitment was followed in 2008 by the Climate Change Act setting a legally binding framework for a 34 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Alongside this was a commitment to close 12 gigawatts of coal and oil power plants by 2015 to meet EU emissions rules. The coalition went along with this and the Scottish Government embellished it. However, new gas plants remain unbuilt.

 

Further intervention brought a new UK price for carbon emissions from power plants, much higher than in the rest of Europe. It was supposed to encourage the building of low-carbon power plants. Instead it resulted in higher prices being slapped on coal and gas plants, pushing up consumers’ bills. The UK carbon tax is expected to add about £1 billion a year to renewables subsidies in 2017.

Meanwhile, a new Emissions Performance Standard will be introduced to ban new coal plants, irrespective of the coal price being low, largely as a result of the US shale boom.

 

Contrast all this with Holland and Germany, where new coal plants are being completed, with more planned. These efficient plants will be able to take advantage of record low coal prices.

 

Lodge says: “We must drop the pretence that the UK enjoys an electricity market – it doesn’t. Instead it has created, through decarbonisation targets, a heavily interventionist and subsidy-drunk sector which is highly regulated.”

 

Among his recommendations are that we should stop building wind turbines (“expensive and do not provide electricity on a viable, reliable or economic scale”); amend the Emission Performance Standard so that new modern coal power plants can be built; stop subsidising solar and re-examine subsidies for biomass wood imports; develop a shale industry; continue to improve energy efficiency and drop the carbon price floor which has been raising electricity bills.

 

The 2007 Blair pre-crash draconian targets should be dropped. They were “ill-founded and unworkable and the UK should no longer be bound by them”.

 

Finally, he urges that “we should cut the ‘greenwash’ and lies about green jobs. Redundant shipyards and factories across northern England and Scotland were promised a bounty of marine and wind-related manufacturing work generating tens of thousands of jobs. It wasn’t and isn’t true.”

 

And if this is not enough to concentrate minds, perhaps this might help: renewable subsidies look set to rise from just under £2bn this year to more than £5bn by 2018-19. Onshore wind will receive a guaranteed electricity price double the typical wholesale price and offshore wind will receive triple the typical wholesale price.

 

Renewable energy subsidies have failed to deliver reductions in cost. Government policy was supposed to reduce costs by creating economies of scale and driving technological innovation, but renewable energy still requires very similar levels of subsidy.

 

Despite this, the Committee on Climate Change has warned that “required investment is at risk” unless higher subsidies for offshore wind are provided. Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, says: “If the government are serious about easing the pressure on people’s living standards, they need to take action and scrap lavish renewable energy subsidies. And it is a joke for Ed Miliband to pretend he is taking on the Big Six on behalf of consumers, when he is proposing to keep the targets in place.”

His conclusion is hard to dispute. If politicians are serious about helping families struggling with their bills, then they need to do something about their “dysfunctional and painfully expensive energy policies”.

 

Amen to that.

 

Twitter: @Bill_Jamieson

 

 
Here's a brief update on recent turbine planning matters….
 
Guffogland     1 x 54m turbine REFUSED on landscape impact grounds – by Scottish Government Reporter
 
Standingstones,  Borgue   1 x 45m turbine appeal submitted to Scottish Government
 
 
South Kyle Forest planning application submitted to Scottish Government
 
 
50 x 149.5m to tip turbines, 30km of new track plus upgrading of 26km existing tracks.
 
Open for comments until 13th October 2013
 
 
13/E/2/0252   Torrorie Farm, Kirkbean  for additional 1 x 20m turbine

Extract from 'The Life Scientific' – BBC Radio 4 (Tuesday 26th Feb 2013)

 

"Jim Al-Khalili talks to Sue Ion about working in the nuclear industry in the dark decades post Chernobyl and about why nuclear power has to be part of our energy mix for the future" – BBC.  Click the link to listen to a 13 min extract of the BBC programme.

 

'Why we cannot keep the lights on without nuclear energy' – The Independent Blogs, 

 

Dame Sue Ion

 
 
 

 

 

By   Monday, 24 October 2011 at 6:00 a

 

"The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Study of last year, ‘Generating the Future’, took the view that we needed to deploy the MAXIMUM amount possible of renewable energy resources that engineers considered feasible. We worked out what you’d actually have to build. Each element was the maximum we thought feasible

  • 38 London (sized) arrays of offshore wind (we haven’t got one yet)
  • 1000 miles of Pelamis wave machines (we’ve only got a set of test units). 1000 miles equates to building 3 miles a month, for the next 40years, or the equivalent length of one London tube train a day
  • Nearly ten thousand land based 2.5MW wind turbines
  • 25million 3.2kw solar panels
  • The Severn barrage built (except it’s already been decided not to go ahead with it)
  • 2300 SeaGen marine turbines (we got a couple of test units)
  • 25+GW biomass energy

As well as all these installations, in order to meet our apparently legally binding carbon targets we would also need:-

  • At least 40 new nuclear power plants or fossil plants with Carbon Capture and Sequestration (we haven’t got any of these yet either and CCS has yet to be proven as a viable technology)

 

AND FINALLY

 

  • A reduction in demand of 25-30%. That’s 25-30%, with the massive sociological and behavioural challenges that brings

The Engineering challenge in delivering all of this is massive in itself. But when you also consider the associated additional infrastructure, in terms of development of the national electricity grid, and the port infrastructure to facilitate particularly the offshore wind and marine technologies, it becomes nigh on impossible in engineering terms.

 

These issues haven’t been thought through properly (if at all!), neither the buildability nor the cost, which you and I the consumer will ultimately bear. Efforts to update the power network of the National Grid have not kept pace with the construction of wind farms.  We are having to pay windfarm operators hundreds of thousands of pounds to keep their turbines idle, when the energy they are producing cannot be accommodated.  …….."

 

Click here for the full blog article

 

Dame Sue Ion is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a visiting professor at Imperial College London.

Thousands of Britain’s wind turbines will create more greenhouse gases than they save, according to potentially devastating scientific research to be published later this year.

Click the link to see the full article in The Telegraph (Sunday 24th Feb 2013)

…like a gathering army ready to wreak the most toxic disturbance of rural life in Scotland since the Highland Clearances. Unless you follow the micro-practices of Government and Local Authority planning you may well not know what is about to happen to the countryside and community life in Scotland. The map shows existing and proposed turbines in Dumfries and Galloway (special thanks to Keith Mycock for creating and maintaining it).

Map Key:

  • Yellow: 0-20m
  • Green: 20-50m
  • Orange: 50-80m
  • Blue: 80+m

There is no distinction shown between turbines already built and those proposed – unless indicated in the information associated with specific turbine markers.


View Turbines in a larger map

Please note: turbines under 80m and outwith planning area 2 (The Stewartry) are not shown (there are so many – we cannot keep pace). In addition there are a few wind farms not yet included because we are awaiting information about the turbine layout.

Russell Brown is the serving MP for Dumfries & Galloway. He is concerend, when it comes to what seeems like the unrestrained multiplication of large wind turbines, that the views of local people are not being taken into account. You can support Russell's stance and sign the petition HERE

 

Please don't forget to vote YES for the What Do You Think? question on the right hand side

 

You may not be concerned about the number of wind turbines visible in D & G at present but less than half of the turbines consented have yet been built  and there are a further 700 turbines within the planning system to be decided and/or submitted.  That's potentially over 1,000 turbines, over 50m+ to tip, across our landscape.

 

D & G have applications for the secong highest number of turbines behind The Highlands – which has at least 4X the land mass of this region!

 

The petition will be delivered to First Minister Alex Salmond.

A community in Canada, who've been trying to publicise the negative effects of wind turbines for many years, have established a new website. You can read real stories from around the world. Click the link below to visit the website:-

 

https://www.illwind.org/index.php/reports

 

We've added this website to the permanent links we maintain on this site (bottom left).

This turbine in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, was photographed on fire in Thursday's (8th Dec) UK storms

Photo: Stuart McMahon

 

e-petition

 

If we can get over 100,00 people to sign the petition below it would enable wind farm subsidies to be discussed in Westminster.

 

If you haven't already signed, please help us by doing so. To those of you who have – Thank you!

Responsible department: Department for Energy and Climate Change

Electricity bills have soared, and more increases are in the pipeline. This punishes the 6 million people already in fuel poverty, restricts economic growth, and makes British industry less competitive. A key factor in this increase is the Renewables Obligation, which indirectly provides more than 40% of the income of wind-farms. These complex and covert subsidies (most of which go to foreign companies) are paid not by the government, but instead are ENTIRELY financed by increasing the price of our electricity bills. Climate-change policies have already increased household electricity by at least 14%, and have increased the electricity bills of business by at least 20%. Even worse, these tariffs are forecast to escalate. By reducing or ending the subsidies for wind-farms, we would benefit the poorest members of society, boost our manufacturing exports and, while doing so, would help protect what remains of our precious countryside. Please vote for this petition.

Click here to sign the petition

 

…an academic study by Daniel Shepherd, David McBride, David Welch, Kim N. Dirks, Erin M. Hill

 

(Department of Psychology, School of Public Health, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, School of Population Health, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)

 

This paper was published recently (September 2011) in an interdisciplinary  journal (public & evironmental health). Here's part of the abstract of what the study found:-

…residents living within 2 km of a turbine installation reporting lower overall quality of life, physical quality of life, and environmental quality of life. Those exposed to turbine noise also reported significantly lower sleep quality, and rated their environment as less restful. Our data suggest that wind farm noise can negatively impact facets of HRQOL [Health Related Quality of Life] .

You can access the full paper here and the conclusions are reproduced below:-

A thorough investigation of wind turbine noise and its effects on health is important given the prevalence of exposed individuals, a nontrivial number that is increasing with the popularity of wind energy. For example, in the Netherlands it is reported that 440,000 inhabitants (2.5% of the population) are exposed to significant levels of wind turbine noise. Additionally, policy makers are demanding more information on the possible link between wind turbines and health in order to inform setback distances. Our results suggest that utility-scale wind energy generation is not without adverse health impacts on nearby residents. Thus, nations 339 Noise & Health, September-October 2011, Volume 13 Shepherd, et al.: Health and wind turbine noise undertaking large-scale deployment of wind turbines need to consider the impact of noise on the HRQOL of exposed individuals. Along with others, we conclude that nighttime wind turbine noise limits should be set conservatively to minimize harm, and, on the basis of our data, suggest that setback distances need to be greater than 2 km in hilly terrain.

 

Why is our Government pushing up our energy bills by giving subsidies to wind farms, which are proven to be uneconomic?

 

[for UK as a whole]

Source: General Electric quoted at http://www.businessgreen.com/

 

Communities Against Turbines Scotland has changed their web site address.

It is now www.communitiesagainstturbinesscotland.com   

 

Please note that everything is the same except we are    .com    NOT .org

 

Sorry for the inconvenience.  If there are any problems please contact Kim Terry on

info@communitiesagainstturbines.com

 

http://www.communitiesagainstturbinesscotland.com/

 

Please consider attending  the day-long in Ayr on the 11th November (why not make a weekend of it!). The conference has been called to generate a national critical voice on Scottish wind energy policy and to facilitate solidarity between groups and communities.

 

Please register as soon as possible and preferably before the end of September so that  numbers can be assessed.

 

http://www.communitiesagainstturbinesscotland.com/registration/

This is a controversial subject – but, given the varied sources and views we have researched, we have always been a little cynical of the claims of those who advocate wind energy as clean and cheap. The evidence of the negative effects of large wind turbine factories is growing…

  • ~ illness and loss of wellbeing due to 'wind turbine        syndrome'
  • ~ shadow flicker – like living with a stroboscope
  • ~ constant low frequency noise
  • ~ impact on tourism, property devaluation and plain      aesthetic intrusion

…yet these effects have always been justified on the grounds of an alternative 'renewable' source of energy that is cleaner and cheaper than conventional power generation. We would just have to put up with these 'side effects' for the sake of the greater good.

 

But wait – it turns out, according to 2 recent studies using measured, real-time operations data of the Colorado, Texas and Irish grids, all with significant wind penetration, wind turbine generation is neither cleaner nor cheaper than 'combined cycle gas tubines' or 'open cycle gas turbines'

 

Well – you may say – we are running out of gas so wind is still a good alternative. Unfortunately we need to keep our gas turbine generators working to provide backup for unpredictable wind. Wind is very variable – especially in the UK – and can provide only a small fraction of what we currently need – let alone what we'll need in the future.

 

Here's the interesting finding – ramping up gas fired turbines to cope with wind energy unpredictability turns out to use MORE – NOT LESS – energy  and produces more CO2, than keeping the gas turbines going all the time. Most of  us know that if we accelerate and decelerate a car wildly it uses more fuel than if we maintain a standard speed. That's what 'cruise controls' were invented for. It's no surprise then – that the same physics applies to large scale power generation.

 

What James Lovelock (he of Gaia fame) warned us of is becoming increasingly clear…

Wind turbines will desecrate the landscape pointlessly

The full article can be found at the Energy Collective's web site.The studies show increases of CO2/kWh due to adding wind energy to electric grids.

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