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24
OCT

Erik Blakeley says:
Challenge Navitus – the movie


Category: Renewable Energy, Sustainable Energy Stories, Wind Power
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Challenge Navitus – the movie

I thought I would have a look at the Challenge Navitus site today and noticed that they have some animations of views from various places of the proposed offshore wind farm Navitus Bay http://www.challengenavitus.org.uk/windfarm-animations.html . Now I have been telling people that the view of the farm would merely be one of a collection of sticks on the horizon with the blades practically invisible and that even those sticks would be invisible in any but ideal viewing conditions.

I expected the Challenge Navitus site to be trying to scare people with distorted views etc but what did I see – EXACTLY what I have been telling people – a collection of sticks on the horizon so far off shore that even the slightest sea mist would obscure them entirely! Yet this will ruin the Jurassic Coast and cost Bournemouth £100M in lost annual revenue according to the antis.

When you consider the huge amount of low carbon electricity that the farm will generate, the short term boost to the economy of the area from the building work and the long term presence of jobs in maintenance and operation tasks, I cannot see that this is anything but a no brainer. Put them another 5km off shore say the antis so that they disappear entirely. It is true that they are so far offshore that they are almost invisible but another 5km means deeper water, longer cables, more loss of energy, longer round trips for maintenance boats and generally significantly more expensive electricity.

The cost of offshore wind and the dangers faced by those working on it are the two most important issues with this otherwise great form of energy and these would be made more of an issue by abandoning this optimized choice of site just because, if you look very carefully you can see a few sticks on the horizon whilst you sit on the beach. This is the purest form of selfish, whingeing NIMBYism I think I have ever come across.

There is nothing wrong with the views that Challenge Navitus present. It won’t ruin anyone’s holiday unlike the increasing and already fatal collapses of the Jurassic  Coast linked to the extreme weather conditions we have seen over the last few years and, whilst one or two extremes cannot be conclusively linked to Global Warming, the pattern of recurring extreme events has long since passed the point where we have to accept that the “normal” climate is changing.

The biggest threat to the tourist industry besides justifiable worries about collapsing cliffs and disappearing footpaths is the negative propaganda by those telling people that holidays in Dorset will be ruined by something as trivial as the views of Navitus as shown in the animations. It doesn’t say much for what Dorset has to offer if Navitus could have a serious detrimental effect. It suggests that sitting zombie-like on the beach staring obsessively out to sea (presumably wishing you were somewhere else – anywhere else) is what holidays in Dorset are all about! Dorset has so much more to offer than this and much of what it does offer is based on the sort of fragile ecosystems and geology that will be badly effected by climate change.

Dorset should be offering eco-friendly holidays powered by clean electricity generated in and around Dorset not forming the King Canute Re-enactment Society!


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  • Erik Blakeley comments:
    "The Daily Echo recently ran a piece http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/yoursay/letterstotheeditor/11547376.Navitus_opposition_seems_to_be_missing_the_point/ in which a writer says that discussions of the visual impact of Navitus are missing the point and what matters is the need for “100% guaranteed electricity supply” implying that a this is impossible with wind power in the mix and b it is possible without wind. No system offers a 100% guarantee. The anti-renewables lobby try to make out that the combined behaviour of thousands of wind turbines and millions of PV panels not to mention dozens of large hydro plants and hundreds of micro hydro schemes is the same a a single wind turbine. Combined they become much more predictable. Their combined variability is much less than that seen in the demand curve and even that produced by failures in large centralised plant as recently seen in both nuclear shut downs and the fire at a large gas powered generator. The antis then make out that back up for renewables must be provided by fossil fuels and imply that no back up is needed for fossil fuels or nuclear. Storage and the manufacture of synthetic fuels and hydrogen using excess renewable capacity at times of low demand, which can be used in the same sort of CCGT gas plant that is used with natural gas, can provide back up and balancing meaning that carbon neutral renewables can be the back up for renewables. If we go down a route dominated by massive nuclear plants we have to provide enough back up to cope with several of them going offline at the same time. Recent history has shown us that the volatility of the gas price leads to wasted effort as a dash for gas means lots of gas plant being built that may then be mothballed because of a rise in the price of gas. Renewables do generate issues but so do all forms of generation and looked at fairly, including issues such as climate change, pollution, nuclear terrorism etc etc renewables deserve to be technologies of choice for this new century. "
    October 27, 2014 a 10:10 am

  • vince adams comments:
    "I really like this, the shots that confirm how unobtrusive Wind Turbines are when properly sited……its amazing how beautiful they can look.
    Plus the idea of attracting tourist is a reality in my view rather than being offset people generally will take very little real notice but when prompted say how wonderful they are. "

    October 26, 2014 a 2:33 pm


27
AUG

Vince Adams says:
Green Golf Clubbing!


Category: Renewable Energy
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Dorset is a County fortunate to have many world class golf courses from which much pleasure and bio-diversity is created. As a keen golfer myself I love spending time on my local golf course  in North Dorset.

What the future holds for Golf Clubs is the opportunity to focus their attention on energy savings, use of renewables and even more concern for the environment.

Inspired by Poole based renewable energy suppliers NGPS Ltd having recently installed solar panels at The Honiton Bowling Club in Devon, I would suggest that the potential for savings costs at all the Golf Clubs in Dorset, by creating individual energy programmes and setting in place plans for conservation and creation of natural resources, is now very important. Important both for the clubs and the Dorset environment.

So what next?…

Take a look the website for The Scottish Golf Environment Group (SGEG) on www.sgeg.org.uk and checkout what Kenmay Golf Club have done.

Why not set up small working groups within your own golf club and ask Dorset Energized for advice on how to start the process and who to ask for specific information and help.

The benefits of savings in costs and what good we can all do will soon inspire a whole generation of golfers to get involved in the renewable revolution.

See you on the Green!



19
SEP

Lets Get Energized says:
The Green House eco-friendly hotel in Bournemouth unveils new EV charging points


Category: Eco Homes DIY & Tourism, Electric Transport, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Living
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We are very excited to hear that yesterday, The Green House hotel in Bournemouth unveiled their new Electric Vehicle charging points.

The award winning Green House is a beautiful eco-friendly boutique hotel in the heart of Bournemouth that lives, eat and breathes sustainability. In 2011 it was listed in the Guardian’s Green Travel List 2011 and it has just received a gold accreditation from the Green Business Tourism Scheme.

Extensive thought and painstaking research has gone into every aspect to ensure that this designer hotel minimises its impact on the environment at every turn. Interior highlights include 100% UK wool fabrics, woven on the isle of Bute, British designed and made wallpaper, FSC certified, printed with vegetable ink, solid hard wood furniture, either recycled or hand crafted in the UK from fallen trees damaged through storms or disease. Solar thermal energy, complemented by electricity generated on site, ensure that public resource is only used where absolutely necessary. All of this without compromise to guest satisfaction and pleasure, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Now it has just increased its green credentials by the activation of their two Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations, donated by Zero Carbon World.

Olivia O’Sullivan General Manager for the hotel said “As the greenest hotel in the UK we are always looking for ways in which to add to our green credentials. As we already generate our own electricity onsite, what better way than with EV charging points, so our guest’s can charge their Electric cars”.

Zero Carbon World donates Charging Stations to the hotel and leisure industry to support the development of a national charging infrastructure and encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. “There are no restrictions to use Zero:Net,” said Kevin Sharpe Founder of Zero Carbon World and Chair of the Trustees. “You don’t have to be a member, subscribe, pay in advance or use a smart card to access electricity. Wherever EV drivers are, they can recharge while eating, sleeping, working or simply relaxing. We are extremely proud to be creating the UK’s only Open Charging Station Network”. Growing rapidly with over226 donations to date, ZCW is on track to install 1000 Charging Stations in the UK.

Westover Nissan was invited by the hotel to be the first to connect a Nissan LEAF on the new charging point. Sallyann Tanner Electric Vehicle Relationship Manager for Westover Nissan said
“This charging point will allow guests to stay in a gorgeous eco friendly green hotel and charge their eco friendly electric car whilst staying in one of 32 superb guest rooms, this is ecotourism at its very best”.

Olivia told Dorset Energized “Everyone was so excited with lots of great stories. These Nissan LEAF cars are amazing, they are so quiet and really fast and better still 100% tax deductable!”.

All guests who dine or stay at  The Green House get to charge their electric vehicles for free so you don’t have to be a member of anywhere to use it.

For more information on The Green House eco-friendly hotel visit: www.thegreenhousehotel.co.uk.



09
AUG

Wendy Pillar says:
Windmills – The New North Sea Oil for Dorset


Category: Wind Power
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Windmills (or wind turbines) can produce very polarized reactions – they are ugly, inefficient white elephants ruining the landscape, or beautiful and practical solutions to the energy crisis. However, the information in circulation about them can sometimes be out of date.

Windmills are an ancient technology, having been in use since Biblical times. However, new technology has made them increasingly relevant. The UK is the windiest country in Europe. The wind is our largest natural resource, with the possible exception of rain! It is the new North Sea oil – except that it will never run out. There is enough wind power available in the UK to supply all of our electrical power needs many times over, enabling us to maintain our prosperity into the far future. Even at this early stage of their development, the UK’s windmills prevent the emission of nearly 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. Wind energy is financially competitive with new clean coal-fired power stations and cheaper than new nuclear power, without the drawbacks of either.

The latest windmills are quieter, cheaper and more efficient than the early models. At 300 metres, which planning rules state is the minimum distance from houses, they produce about 40 decibels, which is below average background noise and about the same as a domestic fridge. Basically, if anyone can hear it from their home, it will be refused planning permission. They produce electricity about 75% of the time, in conditions from a light breeze up to a gale, being turned off only in storm-force winds. A single windmill produces enough electricity to power up to 1000 homes, that is, the entire power needs of a large village.

Windmills repay the carbon footprint of their manufacture in around 6 months, and repay the financial investment in around 4 years, with a 25 year lifespan. At the end of that time, they can be easily decommissioned and recycled, or replaced. The cost of installing a windmill is now within the reach of a local community, with individuals investing between £250 and £20,000 and receiving shares in the sales of the electricity.

As for how they look, well beauty is obviously in the eye of the beholder. It is often said that windmills might deter tourists, but eco-tourism is becoming big business. In the Brecon Beacons, which has many windmills, charging points for electric cars and bicycles are being installed to meet the needs of green tourists, and a MORI poll in Scotland showed that 80% of tourists would be interested in visiting a wind farm.

Energize Stur Valley is a voluntary group that can provide independent, expert advice to landowners and communities who are interested in setting up their own renewable energy projects.
For more information please contact Energize Stur Valley by emailing stur.transitiontown1@gmail.com.



10
JUL

Simon Jonathan Naish Rayson says:
Eco Travel Taking Off in the Brecon Breacons


Category: Electric Transport
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Things Electric seem to be taking off in the Brecon Beacons – the tourist sector embracing the new technology to boost trade and to bring the joys of Electric Transport to holiday makers.

Here in Dorset we also have many visitors seeking to enjoy the countryside and of course those visitors wish to enjoy the rural scene in a way that keeps it the quiet and peaceful place that drew them here in the first place.

In the Brecon Beacons they are setting an example of how this might be done – using quiet electric vehicles so people can explore and enjoy without disturbing, tourism with a light footprint.

Of course what is needed to make this effective are more charging points so those using electric vehicles of any type, can recharge their batteries. Businesses seeking to boost trade might well profit from offering charging facilities, and of course feel good by doing so as well.

In Dorset there is signs of this Electric Transport tourism emerging as well – the electric bicycle hire available near Bridport – and of course the same factors apply, electric bikes need recharging facilities as much as cars – and while the vehicle recharges, well opportunity signals for the alert business people!

Of course as electric vehicle ownership increases, more and more people will need the charging facilities – surely an opportunity not just for the switched on people in the tourist industry?!

Check out the sites below for more info on eco travel and of course our page on Electric Transport.

www.ecotravelnetwork.co.uk – The Brecon Beacons project

www.marshwoodtrails.co.uk – Electric Bike Hire in Bridport



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