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“….. It’s hardly possible to imagine a bigger eyesore, or a more sensitive spot in which to dump it. It makes no sense to ruin such a lovely place. It is utterly Mad Hatterish.
As it happens, I have a home nearby, and as soon as I raised my voice in protest, people started accusing me of being a Nimby — a ‘Not In My Back Yard’ campaigner.
Well, I’m proud of my back yard, if that’s not too off-hand a way to describe the beauties of the Suffolk horizon. In fact, I don’t think of it as a yard at all: we call it ‘a garden’ in Britain.
I am proud to be a NimbG (Not In My Back Garden).
My dismay, I promise, has nothing to do with the view from my window. Not long ago, I was protesting against a proposed, highly-visible wind farm in a pristine landscape in the North of Scotland.
That’s about as far from my back garden as you can get in this country. And there, I was accused of being an interfering outsider.
The point about this is not what I can see from my garden. That’s immaterial.
This issue is as big as the planet. It’s about how logic seems to be leaving our lives. It is about how successive governments are putting our heritage and our national security at risk by pursuing an incomprehensible energy policy.” ….. READ MORE
…. even they could never have imagined anything this silly!
The Telegraph has reported (3rd August 2013) that the National Grid has come up with a solution to windless days. Only made possible by the latest computer technology and “cloud software”, the idea is to hook up thousands of diesel generators, remotely controlled by the grid, to provide almost instantly available back-up for when the wind drops. Owners of diesel generators are being incentivised with offers of astronomic fees to make them available to the grid – subsidies equivalent to up to 12 times the going rate for conventional electricity, and even, on very rare occasions, up to £15,000 per megawatt hour (MWh), or 300 times the normal rate of £50 per MWh.
The Times tells us that coal plants are needed to prevent blackouts by backing up wind farms when the wind does not blow, according to the chief executive of Britain’s largest power station.
Dorothy Thompson, who runs Drax, the coal and biomass plant, said that people were only now starting to appreciate the problem that wind farms pose.
The Government will is offering subsidies, funded by customers, to maintain coal fired power stations (which can switch on quickly) to prevent blackouts in good weather.
Two diesel power stations planned in Plymouth will compensate for fluctuations in supplies from green energy, say developers.
The application by Fulcrum Power is for a 20 megawatt (MW) Stor (Short Term Operating Reserve) power station on the former Toshiba plant at Ernesettle Lane, which company bosses said would cost "several million pounds".
Its 52 generators will consume more than 1.1m litres of diesel a year, or about one tanker a week.
Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, promised to “give local communities a greater say” on where wind farms are built, but new guidance from his department warns councils not to create “inflexible” turbine-free zones.
The planning document, released after Parliament broke up for the summer, says the distance of a wind farm from housing does not “necessarily determine whether the impact of a proposal is unacceptable”.
“Local planning authorities should not rule out otherwise acceptable renewable energy developments through inflexible rules on buffer zones,” it says.
At least eight councils are trying to restrict large turbines being built up to 1.2 miles from housing.
The guidance appears at odds with comments made in January by Nick Boles, the planning minister, when he told his local newspaper: “It is perfectly reasonable and right for . . . district councils to draw up policies that will guide future decisions about the siting of wind turbines so that we protect our precious landscape and listen to local people’s concerns.
New guidance says that communities now have a greater say on the siting of wind farms. The guidance makes clear the importance of environmental protections in deciding applications, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said today (29 July 2013):
The views of local people must be listened to when making planning decisions. Meeting Britain’s energy needs should not be used to justify the wrong development in the wrong location.
This new guidance is an important step in ensuring that communities can continue to shape their local surroundings and that landscape and heritage are properly considered and protected.
Planning always works best when local communities themselves have the opportunity to influence the decisions that affect their lives. That is why it is so important every area has a local plan in place as soon as possible.
A fantastic business opportunity expounded in the Telegraph.
Do you think I should breed hamsters and sell them to the energy providers? How many could I breed on 10 acres of land?
Hamsters could, in theory, provide a constant supply of renewable energy. They therefore fit in the same category as hydro power and will not receive any subsidy.
Every hamster the kids bought died within 18 months, in that time it needed cleaning daily because it stank and it went through loads of food and water and of course bedding, it also went through exercise wheels and made a hell of a racket whilst doing so. When one of them escaped it chewed the furniture and the carpets then decided to live in the sofa bed. My broker told me that my insurers were one of the few that covered loss caused by 'vermin' so we made a claim, the insurers promptly removed such cover for future claims, sorry about that folks.
Can you imagine the mess, the chaos and the feeding bill with 400ft hamsters?
I'll stick to nuclear.
Wind turbines will be supported by rural communities in 25 years' time, according to a series of essays on future village life from the think tank of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
As well as actively seeking out developers, "future villages" will own wind farms and residents will drink pints in local pubs with names such as "The Badger and The Turbine", according to the articles from Building Futures.
Sustainability architect Iain Watt envisages a future where wind turbine applications go through planning with "zero local objections", with communities supporting self-sufficient projects in which they would get a share of the profits.
Some of the global warmers assertions are so absurd that just publishing them will demonstrate their crassness. What is difficult to understand is how any of them get heard. One such is John Broome, a professor of moral philosophy (did he dedicate the chair himself??) who states:
“Many people, some living, others yet to be born, will die from the effects of climate change. Is each death equally bad? How bad are those deaths collectively? Many people will die before they bear children, so climate change will prevent the existence of children who would otherwise have been born.
Nick Boles, the Tory MP for Grantham and Stamford, was put in charge of guidance on where wind farms should be located when the Prime Minister promoted him last September.
However, he was removed from the role in April because his brother, Jonathan Boles, has a senior job at Siemens, one of the world’s biggest green energy companies.
The Department for Communities and Local Government said the decision had been taken “to avoid the perception of any potential conflict of interest”. The minister’s spokesmen told The Telegraph twice this week that Mr Boles had signed off guidance that would ban councils from setting up wind farm-free zones. However, the department has now said that Mr Boles “played no role in the planning guidance”.
Responsibility for wind farm planning was handed without announcement to Mark Prisk, a housing minister, who signed off on the guidance.
During the storms of Christmas 2013, when many people were left without power, the National Grid paid millions to wind farm operators for switching off their turbines, Apparently, with a low demand (sic!!) and strong winds, the grid was unable to cope with the power output from windfarms.
Researchers in the States have concluded that bats think that turbines are trees - and a good place to roost. If, they hypothesise, the turbines are switched off, the bats would not be killed by the rotating blades. In other words, turn turbines into sculptures.
A 22 turbine wind farm is to be turned off when it’s windy. The Head of environmental health and housing at North Devon Council, said he was hopeful that this would resolve issues of noise.
On average a wind farm that is paid to switch off earns about one third more than if it produced electricity and sold it to the National Grid.
The last turbine foundations at Wales’ largest onshore wind farm have been finished in time for Christmas with the installation of the first turbines due to begin in the New Year. Construction at Pen y Cymoedd wind farm, being developed by Swedish state-owned energy company Vattenfall, began in February last year (2014). The windfarm which stretches over the borders of Neath Port Talbot and Rhondda Cynon Taf will generate a mere 228MW
To achieve this paltry contribution to the National Grid (and remember, the average ‘uptime’ of a turbine is around 25% (or looked at another way, the windfarm effectively generates 57MW)) they have been clearing commercial forest, laying 80km of site tracks and 90km of cable, completing electrical connections and pouring around 50,000 cubic metres of concrete to construct the turbine foundations. Their Project Director has proudly announced that “towards the end of 2016 we hope to generate the first power from Wales’ largest onshore wind farm and start making a serious contribution to the UK’s climate change targets.”
The mind boggles at how much damage they have already done to emissions targets with the design & construction effort.