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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


05
FEB

Paul McIntosh says:
Tolpuddle Wind Farm Public Exhibition on 13th February 2014


Category: Energy Events in Dorset, Wind Power
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West Coast Energy are holding a public exhibition where an updated proposal for a five turbine wind farm on land near Tolpuddle, north east of Dorchester, will be presented.

Thursday 13th February 2014
Tolpuddle Village Hall, 3pm-8pm

The exhibition for the West Dorset Wind Farm proposal is being held to give the local community an insight into the updated proposed development. This is a public event open for attendance by anyone. At the public exhibition you will have the opportunity to comment on the proposal, ask questions and put forward your views to the West Coast Energy project team.

For further information contact Matt Hayes on 01352 757604 or Euan Philipps, Marketing and Communications Manager at West Coast Energy Ltd, by email on euan.philipps@westcoastenergy.co.uk or visit their website at: www.westcoastenergy.co.uk



02
OCT

Anna Celeste Watson says:
Have your say on renewables in Wiltshire (and the UK!)


Category: Renewable Energy, Wind Power
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Good Energy are calling on supporters to have your say on an important planning policy issue on our home turf and very close to us here in Dorset, which could affect the UK’s ability to achieve its renewable energy targets.

The week before last, Wiltshire Council launched a public consultation on a controversial last-minute amendment to its Core Strategy which, if adopted, would effectively cut off a major route for developing renewable energy in Wiltshire. The amendment would stop wind farms being built by stipulating minimum separation distances between homes and wind turbines, ostensibly on health and safety grounds.

Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins said, “It’s right that Wiltshire residents are consulted about this amendment to planning policy – wind turbines are not dangerous and there’s no safety reason to stop them being built within three kilometres of any home. Instead of sneaking in last-minute caveats that will stop clean energy in its tracks, Wiltshire Council should be blazing a trail with its local plan – cutting emissions and creating hundreds of jobs.”

It’s not just a local issue – Swindon is now discussing making a similar amendment to its Core Strategy, and Lincolnshire has already introduced restrictions. There is clearly a danger of a national precedent being set. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen.

You don’t need to be a resident of Wiltshire to comment on the consultation – so please take a few moments to have your say.

As Dorset Energized blog authors have pointed out before – supporters of onshore wind tend to be the silent majority, but now is the time to make your voice heard.

The consultation ends on November 1st, so please take action quickly.

For more details and to take action visit: http://www.goodenergy.co.uk/blog/2012/09/27/have-your-say-planning-policy-for-renewables-in-wiltshire



01
OCT

Keith Wheaton-Green says:
Energise Stur Valley Comments on the Silton Wind Turbine Enquiry


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I am posting as a member of Energise Stur Valley and following on from Vince’s blog post last week ‘Don’t be led by the small minority: the Anti Wind Turbine Brigade!’ about the Silton Wind Turbine Enquiry (you can read his post on http://www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/archives/2012/09/25/silton-enquiry).

Energise Stur Valley (EVS) is a group of individuals favouring renewable energy generation installations. We believe we represent the majority of opinion in Dorset (as evidenced in all Dorset Citizen Panel questionnaire results that related to wind turbines).

Here are some key points about Wind Turbines that we want to highlight (some of which expand on Vince’s points already posted):

1. There is obviously polarisation of opinion about wind turbines in Dorset. Those with a history of activity in the local rural economy – sometimes going back generations – tend to understand the landscape as an active part of Dorset’s economy. Those with more recent interest in the Dorset landscape tend to have moved into the area to escape more densely populated areas of the country looking for their idealised rural idle. They are less likely to be working and are time rich.

2. The representations against the application are motivated by concerns about visual impact, which is inevitably a big issue for those living closest to the proposed turbines but it must be remembered that they are definitely a minority within the district and – we would argue – even within the locality of the proposed wind turbines. The majority in favour of the application tend to be less motivated to voice their opinion and in some cases feel bullied to remain silent such is the robustness by which every positive comment is countered.

3. There is much misinformation being repeated by objectors to the application and reported in the local media. Statements made about the proposed turbines being inefficient, Ecotricity being financially unstable, the concrete to be used affecting the water table and emitting more CO2 than the turbines save are not correct. A more dispassionate analysis is required for this application.

4. With 4000 turbine now installed it is possible for wind generation to stand out from the statistical noise. Hard data available now shows the skeptics to be wrong. A new wind generation record of 4,131 megawatts (10.6% of UK consumption) was set on 14th September 2012. The average for September has been 6% of daily national electricity requirement. National Grid data analysis over the last three months shows a clear correlation between windiness, reduction in gas fired generation and actual CO2 savings.

5. Even with 4 times the current number of wind turbines expected by 2020, National Grid have stated they will be able to handle the new generation without major additional investment in dirty open cycle gas back-up. Responding to sudden surges in demand for electricity during the X Factor ad breaks is more difficult to deal with than the intermittency of wind.

6. All surrounding counties (Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Wiltshire have multi MW turbines either already installed or with positive planning determinations.

7. The substantial wind resource in Dorset is not being utilised as described in the Dorset Renewable Energy Strategy.

8. Data from the CECC wind speed database shows the site to have viable wind speeds. Electrical loses through the grid will be low due to the close proximity of Gillingham which provides constant electrical demand.

9. There are no wind turbines larger than 20 kW currently installed in Dorset.

10. We want to see large wind turbines in Dorset. Their elegance, beauty and positive aesthetic are matched only by a building such as Salisbury Cathedral.


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  • Keith Wheaton-Green comments:
    "For informed unbiased comment on the relationship between wind power and the back-up generation required, have a look at the view from DECC at http://www.e2bpulse.com/Articles/329507/E2B/Pulse/Blogs/Members_Blogs/DECC_Blog/The_viability_of.aspx "
    October 16, 2012 a 10:49 am

  • Richard Howman comments:
    "Will Keith Wheaton-Green be apologising to all the Dorset residents he has so roundly and inaccurately patronised with his insulting comments? And would he also acknowledge the simple fact that the ‘Citizen Panel’ to which he refers, consists of 3000 people aged 16 or over, only, out of a Dorset Resident population (according to Council data) of 710,000, indicating that the Panel represents only 0.42% of Dorset residents. Even the clearly biased Mr Wheaton-Green will realise that this is hardly representative of majority opinion on any subject. Richard Howman "
    October 12, 2012 a 9:56 am

  • Wendy Pillar comments:
    "On Countryfile last night, the featured investigation was into how the new planning rules make approval of new open cast coal mines more or less automatic, and nothing the local community or planning can do. There are about a dozen of these in the pipeline, frequently very close to villages or environmentally sensitive areas – makes windmills seem rather benign doesn’t it? We have to face the fact that energy is going to have to come from somewhere – nuclear (here, not out of sight, out of mind), coal or wind and solar. The choice is ours, for the time being at least, until the government feels the need to make the choice for us. "
    October 1, 2012 a 2:00 pm


25
SEP

Vince Adams says:
Don’t be led by the small minority: the Anti Wind Turbine Brigade!


Category: Dorset Energized News, Renewable Energy, Wind Power
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Myself and fellow members of Energise Stur Valley and Transition Town Sturminster Newton are concerned that the headlines in the Blackmore Vale Magazine this weekend gave a highly negative view towards Wind Turbines.

If only the voices of a small vocal minority are heard with substantial amounts of dis-information, then it would appear the process of Public Inquiry is itself under threat.

Energise Stur Valley, Transition Town Sturminster Newton and Dorset Energized are committed to helping to give good information to local people upon which they can make truly informed decisions about the way that we and Dorset should be developing renewable energy resources. We are keen to express the need for Community action and ownership of energy creating schemes whilst supporting in general principal the growth of all forms of renewable development.

The anti wind turbine brigade are well funded, totally committed to protecting their own backyards and irrational in their views. Old heresy is dredged up time and time again which have little truth and stop Dorset and this Country moving forward and making the very most of our natural resources.

So please listen to both sides, make your own decisions and don’t be lead by the Anti Brigade.

Here are just a few points that take up some of the dis-information and are far more informed:

1. The substantial wind resource in Dorset is not being utilised as described in the Dorset Renewable Energy Strategy. There are no wind turbines larger than 20 kW currently installed in Dorset.

2. All surrounding counties (Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Wiltshire) have multi MW turbines either already installed or with positive planning determinations.

3. In every survey of Dorset residents ever undertaken there has always been a majority in favour of large wind turbines (Dorset Citizens Panel questionnaires).

4. The representations against the application are motivated by concerns about visual impact, which is inevitably a big issue for those living closest to the proposed turbines but it must be remembered that they are a minority within the district.

5. The majority in favour of the application tend to be less motivated to voice their opinion and in some cases feel bullied to remain silent such is the robustness by which every comment of theirs is countered (as we have even seen on the comments on this very blog!).

6. There is much misinformation being repeated by objectors to the application and reported in the local media.

7. Statements made about the proposed turbines being inefficient, Ecotricity being financially unstable, the concrete to be used affecting the water table and emitting more CO2 than the turbines save, are not correct.

For more information on Wind Power see our page on:
www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/energy/wind-power


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  • Erik Blakeley comments:
    "To hear the opponents talk you would think that no other form of power plant ever need maintenance or replacement. Nuclear has one of the highest O&M costs around. Gas plant has a similar life expectancy to wind. As to the health worries these scare stories are repeatedly discredited yet still they come back again and again. I know its all still out there on the internet but so are the claims that aliens are probing our brains – it doesn’t mean its true. I sympathize with people that are being frightened by the new technology especially the gentleman who is concerned about his epileptic relative but the epilepsy society has pointed out that the large turbines rotate too slowly for them to pose a threat to epileptics. Wind turbine syndrome was a bit of pseudoscience generated by poor scientific technique used by biased researchers in the US and elsewhere which isn’t even mentioned by the more informed opponents these days because they know it is just not real. Other forms of power generation do pose real and significant threats to public health so wind power is one of the generation technologies least likely to injure or harm you as a member of the public and consumer of energy. We cannot solve our problems by just using one form of low carbon technology – we cannot just build solar (what happens at night?) We cannot even just build nuclear (nuclear power is very inflexible and needs to be run at a steady output making it just as dependent on storage as wind if it is to cope with changes in demand). We need a wide range of technologies working together to give us a flexible and reliable energy system. Onshore wind is an indispensable part of that mix. "
    May 9, 2014 a 8:15 am

  • Cameron Phillips comments:
    "I for one am against wind turbines on shore, especially the Blandford hill one, as I live on Blandford Hill, I dont want my and my family’s health to get worse, my younger sibling has epilepsy, If someone put them in your backyard, you would feel the way Im feeling "
    May 8, 2014 a 8:03 pm

  • daniel comments:
    "there is too much information that shows that they are inefficient, there are days throughout the UK when the wind does not blow, they need support net works of power stations, and often there will be a need for more pylons to support them! Plus with the big turbines, they are more prone to going wrong, look at Professional Industry pieces on this. It is agreed that turbines need new gearboxs etc. once every five years, which can be 10 percent of the cost of the turbine itself! They need regular maintenance, to guard against blade failure, brake failure etc. In Europe Insurers are waking up to the costs of Wind turbines, regretably they do go wrong, and if you have houses near by, the results can be very unpleasant. Records in Germany and other countries have turbine collapse and blades crashing through peoples roofs! Very frightening! I think the approach is wrong, if wind turbines are efficient etc then people should be campaigning that they be sited over 2kms away from peoples homes, you cannot deny how ever keen you feel about turbines that they are blighting peoples lives when they are too close… wind turbine syndrome looks like it may be a real problem and not in peoples minds, so what better way of tackling this than making sure that wind turbines are responsibly placed, if they have to be placed anywhere… finally please understand that wind turbines, the large ones, like the ones planned for Tolpuddle are Industrial installations, it will be an industrial site, and it is being placed near areas of outstanding natural beauty etc. where it may have an impact on Tourist trade….it is in the wrong place. Industrial installations should be for brown field sites, not agricultural land that will be down graded into being a brown field site. Please look on the net, learn how people are affected through out the World by having windfarms so close to them, how it damages the quality of their lives, and then perhaps you can understand why people are resistent to them! "
    November 29, 2012 a 11:41 am

  • Theresa comments:
    "I know I bang on about energy efficiency and demand reduction, but having an energy efficient home means we only use about 1500kW electricity a year (and a titchy amount of gas for our gas cooker). If other homes were like this, then the contribution from wind turbines would go much further and our fossil fuel dependence would be so much less ….. "
    November 26, 2012 a 7:10 pm

  • vince adams comments:
    "Same old arguments about WT’s. Please just look at the facts, they are efficient, payback their cost/carbon investment amazingly quickly, do not effect birds and they look beautiful.
    If people had taken the same approach in earlier centuries we would not have had some of the most efficient food producing installations ever: THE WINDMILL.
    I don’t want to see them in people’s backyards but in the right location they are a key part of our energy future.
    There are plenty of people who have far worse things to put up with including Nuclear, Gas Fired Power and soon Fracking sites. Do they get a choice and if they did how would you heat your own homes. Its time to think about all our neighbours.
    Be positive, eventually the future will be RENEWABLE. "

    November 26, 2012 a 3:49 pm

  • Marcus comments:
    "By the way, not knowing anyone in Dorset in the circle of people I know who has ever been asked by any one to fill in a survey regarding how they feel about wind turbines, I wonder at the information that most of us think the large turbines are a good thing. I am sorry if you find that a small minority of us, who dont think wind turbines are a good thing act as bullies, as a small minority I am surprised people are all that bothered, goodness me!
    Shall I tell you something, if wind turbines were efficient, if they did not potentially pose a health risk due to infrasound, if they were sited 2km minimum distance from peoples homes I would be the FIRST to be in favour of them! Unfortunately in these days of the internet, People have access to alot of information available globally regarding wind turbines there safety, the affect on peoples lives etc etc. and one cannot fail to be concerned, if I only read Greenpeace info. and other like minded infomation providers, I too would be ever so happy I am sure! But regretably, I have read alot of information that makes me genuinely very concerned. I think there are other ways of producing energy that do not create noise, are not visually intrusive, that do not risk damaging Dorsets tourist trade, do not produce infrasound etc. if photovoltaic technology was advanced so that the technology became cheaper, alot of people would choose to use solar power, how bout instead of the huge subsidies spent on wind turbines the money could be spent on cheapening Solar power! I am sorry if you only want people on this blog being for windpower, but if you make claims that the vast majority of us are for huge Windturbines, you are wrong. "

    November 25, 2012 a 8:01 pm

  • Marcus comments:
    "Ill informed people, hum, I think you would find that there is a lot of information out there, about the safety record of Windturbines, how the larger they get there more dangerous they are. The inefficiencys of them. The dangers to wildlife, bats and birds that has been vastly underestimated, and under reported, the noise pollution, the believed danger from Low frequency Noise which is believed to be causing the Wind turbine syndrome often reported by people dwelling near by to turbines. etc etc. We might say that people who are blindly in favour of wind turbines are ill informed, look on the internet, look at all the information available World wide, look to why it is the Germans are turning away from Wind power, why it is the Danish will only allow windfarms 2 kms away from dwellings etc etc…wonder why it is the so called minority are against windfarms. The Low frequency noise is an issue of great concern, Scientists who are neither for nor against wind farms are calling for more research, because it is feared that Low Frequency noise or infrasound can do real damage to the human brain, and physiology for the long term. Look at the research available, and think, if there is a risk, if there is a risk, do you really think we should blindly go on saying windfarms are a good thing. Do you think in years to come, when people have had their health irreversably damaged that we shall feel pleased with ourselves? Yes it’s all in the mind is nt it, that’s what the wind turbine companys would like you to think, but you look at the research! Its there, if you can be bothered. Have a look at the accident data, have a look at the film of wind turbines exploding! Listen to the noise they create, see the light flicker that blights people lives and makes roads dangerous! See the hollow faces of people whose lives have been ruined by having large scale windfarms placed by them……the information is out there, we are not idiots, we can read, have a look yourself, and wonder perhaps are we ill informed, also can I ask this finally, who is the one who profits from this, is it the minority objector? Or is the windfarm company who desperately tells you how efficient their windfarms will be etc etc. hum! "
    November 25, 2012 a 7:49 pm

  • Frederic comments:
    "A modest small rural home without gas which uses oil and woodburners for domestic heating and electricity solely for cooking, lighting and domestic appliances will use 8000-8500KW hours per year If your electricity bill is £80-100/month then you are that household using 1KW hour every hour of the year. So the turbines could power 3750 homes this is one quarter of the homes in the wholly inaccurate estimate of 14000 made by West Coast Energy. Even this is far from the true picture, at you peak daily usage you will require 10KW to power your lights cooker and kettle and so the whole industrial complex would power just 375 local homes. The populations of Tolpuddle are 360 and Puddletown 1220 to set this in a local context. .Is the noise, visual landscape destruction, intrusion on byways, damage to wildlife and the local tourism economy worth this paltry and unreliable power station.
    ….. i AM sorry, they are inefficient, fullstop. "

    November 25, 2012 a 7:38 pm

  • Vince comments:
    "I have just come back from the Silton Wind Farm enquiry this morning where a small number of ill-informed people are standing in the way of progress for the majority. It was so depressing and then to be sent The Guardian’s article extolling the case for Wind Turbines and their growing effect on our energy supply and reduction in carbon emissions was wonderful! Read the article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2012/sep/26/myth-wind-turbines-carbon-emissions.
    We at Dorset Energized aim for the truth, well researched facts that give proper advice to people here in Dorset regarding Renewable Energy.
    Be inspired by this latest report and share it with family and friends in the hope that more of us will understand the potential positive effect for all our futures. "

    September 26, 2012 a 12:50 pm

  • Wendy comments:
    "I understand that the Save our Silton group is upset about the visual impact of the possible wind turbines on their landscape, particularly being so close to them. However, in their protest, they really should stick to the facts. Wind turbines are neither inefficient nor useless. They are the most efficient way to generate renewable energy in our climate. They pay back the carbon of their installation in a matter of months. They should generate electricity 75% of the time. If you see wind turbines standing idle, it is most likely because there is too much electricity going into the grid at that moment, and turbines can be switched off at a flick of a switch, whereas conventional power stations take hours to power down and back up. I can’t imagine how on earth wind turbines would drive jobs away. They may or may not be ugly, and that is what the debate is really about. "
    September 25, 2012 a 9:28 am


07
SEP

Lets Get Energized says:
Breaking News! Wind Turbine Approved at Masters Quarry in East Stoke


Category: Dorset Energized News, Renewable Energy
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This afternoon, Dorset County Councillors approved the proposal for a single 500kW wind turbine at Masters Quarry, East Stoke (near Wool and Wareham).

The Councillors voted in favour, with only 1 abstention. The fact that a wind turbine of this scale obtained planning consent at Council level is very encouraging and Dorset Energized believes it is an important step forward!

Approval for both the Alaska Wind Farm and Masters Quarry Wind Turbine is a fantastic result as there is a situation now where there are options. Alaska Wind Farm, being the project with the larger output, is the preferred option but consent for Masters Quarry means there is a fall back plan just in case. In any case we are hopeful that wind energy will be generated at Masters Quarry within the next couple of years.

More information on the project and other projects by the Developers at Infinergy are on their website: http://infinergy.co.uk/projects.asp



16
AUG

Vince Adams says:
A Response to the Milborne Wind Farm Proposal


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Earlier this week I visited an exhibition presented by West Coast Energy in the village of Tolpuddle, famous for its worker’s 19th century revolt and where another revolution is being planned…

…This time the revolution is creating renewable energy from a Wind Farm.

This is an exciting opportunity for Dorset and its people to really get involved in renewables and begin to take its fair share of the UK’s national energy targets.

West Coast are not a huge conglomerate but have a lot of experience in local wind farm start-ups and have so far created 800 megawatts of renewable energy with projects in Scotland, Wales and the Midlands. Some of their team were at the Tolpuddle Village Hall to answer questions and take on board any suggestions or ideas from the local community. I really liked their approach and their emphasis on working with the local community, discussing problems at first hand and generally listening to genuine concerns.

What also struck me was their emphasis on Community – something that I believe is so important with renewable energy projects. They aim to give 10% of total revenues to the local community to fund whatever they decide is wanted. Over the 25 year life of the project will amount to circa £7 million pounds. Local people, groups and Councils will be consulted and the project funds will be controlled locally. This is hugely important and something that everyone in or near the location should become an integral part of.

Creating clean, sustainable energy with a win for well planned local projects to enhance the area is in itself an amazing opportunity.

The plan itself is to position 10 wind turbines of various sizes in fields North of Tolpuddle. The topography is excellent and runs almost parallel with the A35 trunk road from Poole to Dorchester. I never realised just how busy the road is and the car noise will more than drown out any noise created by the turbines. The lack of buildings within the vicinity make it excellent siting and we know for sure that in 25 years time after reaping the wind’s harvest, the fields will be in much the same condition as they are today. No doubt in due course the farmers will expand on what they intend to continue to do agriculturally near the turbines.

Of course from other areas across Dorset you will be able to see the turbines and my hope is that over time they will become iconic symbols of a new way to fuel the development of future generations.

The site itself comes under the control of West Dorset and a special Parish Meeting is planned for the people of Milborne St Andrew in the Autumn where they will present the project and answer questions etc.

Communication is vital, as is respect for the concerns of everyone. Crucial to this is having the right information so can I suggest that anyone who wants to know more about wind turbines or any related renewable subject looks on the relevant pages here on the Dorset Energized website where they will find real advice and information including the pros and cons, plus ways to get involved personally with other forms of renewable energy – visit www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/energy.

More details on the Milborne Wind Farm Proposal (which has already caused some debate here on our blog) can be found at: www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/archives/2012/08/08/milborne-wind-farm-in-west-dorset.

See our specific page on Wind Power at: www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/energy/wind-power.
For related blog posts go to: www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/archives/category/wind-power.


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  • Claire Green comments:
    "I was at several of West Coast Energy presentations. All I can say is tht you ust have had your eyes closed, your easrs closed and your mind shut down. The presenters were dismissive, patronising, conceited, rude and offensive. I object to wind farms in principle because the are inefficient, have a lifetime of only 20-25 years, and depend on unpredictable weather patterns. They is plenty of scientific proof to dispute everything the wind farms claim they can do. Without Government subsidies none of these energy companies would be operating. Nobody would be investing on a private basis. But I really wish you wouldn’t lie about the tone of these meetings you purport to have attended. "
    March 21, 2013 a 12:20 am

  • HJL comments:
    "There is no doubt that sources of renewable energy should be a primary consideration for all. But lessons should be learned about the impact of wind turbine sites from those areas with insight and knowledge. A review of the literature (and Court settlements) reveals that dwellings DO suffer noise disturbance (planning councils in Scotland are advised not to grant planning permission within 2 km of residential dwellings), ‘flicker’ causes distraction to drivers on nearby roads and tourism is detrimentally affected. These three issues convince me that the proposed Milborne Wind Farm (sited close to dwellings, adjacent to A35 and in an area where many residents run B&B businesses) must be strongly opposed. "
    October 2, 2012 a 8:46 pm

  • Bob Lancaster comments:
    "Think on this, Thomas Hardy monument, that is so easily visible from the approach into Dorchester and around, is only…. 22 metres high, that’s all 22! On the Weymouth viewing tower, if you look from White horse hill, as we used to call it, where you have King Georges White horse on the right……..look to the left at the view towards Weymouth, the viewing tower is very easily in view, just imagine ten of them! What a horror! Not just ten but bigger. I think Mr Holmans measurements do not include to the tip of the blades, if the blades were in a 12 O clock position with the top blade! Please not here, no in Dorset. "
    August 29, 2012 a 11:48 am

  • Bob Lancaster comments:
    "David is quite right, the turbines are however hideously close to the very small hamlet called Milborne Wood. People do not probably realise quite how huge these turbines are…..it is very hard to imagine such a height without something to compare it too. A good start would be this. The Weymouth viewing tower stands at about 53 metres, sit on Weymouth beach and look at that tower, then imagine that tower times three in height..and you have the height of the tallest turbine that is involved…once you have done that imagine that times 10…they will be hideously tall. St Paul’s Cathedral stands at 122 metres in height, the tallest structure in West Europe is the Shard, and these proposed wind turbines will be about half the height of the Shard!
    People who are in favour of this development keep saying, Dorset should do it’s bit…etc……get real! Dorset has very little trade in comparison to other counties, for example in the South East, we depend on the Tourist trade, that is where we make our money…. Thomas Hardy Country, if we ruin this landscape it is gone forever. The developement is in the wrong place, it is too huge, it will damage our economy, it will be a blot on our beautiful landscape. Iconic beauty, I ask you….no no no, an ineffectual white elephant, there are so much better ways of producing energy, in ways that do not cause such a negative outcome. People have commented that the people prepared to have this windfarm in their backyard should be seen as heros….firstly would people who utter such comments like to have it in their backyard…and would the developers who are not based in Dorset……who know very little of our area, and probably care little for it..would they like this in their backyard, ruining the quality of their lives, damaging the value of their properties, ruining their economy.
    Dorset is not a Brown field site, if these turbines go ahead, we will not be able to stop the others that will line up after them.
    Our beautiful jewel, what we should prize will be ruined for ever and for what? So some a company that is nt even based here can profit, while the local people lose…oh yes the contribution to the local council, ha…after 25 years, worth 3 million, probably less I should imagine if not index linked, how many peoples lives blighted over that time…and remember who pays for the substation that deals with these monsters, oh yes the taxpayer, not the developers….
    I repeat, these turbines are huge, look on the net, you see how unhappy people are, how uneconomical they are. You realise that this development is under 1000 metres from the first dwelling it will affect… you think of the risk to our tourism….it is unacceptable. "

    August 29, 2012 a 10:54 am

  • David Holman comments:
    "Milborne Windfarm is not at Milborne it is sited directly along the line of Tolpuddle Village with the tallest availabe industrial scale wind turbines proposed for this outstanding rural idyll.
    Tolpuddle is an international tourist destination and forms the gateway to West Dorset and Hardy Country,the damage to the local economy will be out of all proportion to the small number of homes the windfarm can really supply.
    The noise,vibration anad flicker will affect the residents and visitors all day and night, summer and winter with no respite,with many hundreds of people and businesses sited well within the international guidance of at least 2km from such dwellings. The adverse health affects (Wind Farm Syndrome) from these kind of large turbines is well documented at sites acrossthe UK and is becoming increasingly acknowledged by scientists and doctors.
    The visual intrusion from ten 126m high turbines is wholly inappropriate to the locale and the resulting despoilation will be prominent from vast tracts of South and West Dorset and the Jurassic Heritage Coast along with Areas of Oustanding Natural Beauty. The alien towering masts are more than twice as tall as any man made structure in Dorset. The loss of amenity to walkers,cyclists and horeseriders would be enormous as will be the damage to wildlife especially birds and bats who suffer frequent deaths from strike by turbine blades.
    If you love Dorset and value its special and unique tranquillty and beauty and wish to see this preserved for future generations please take action,contact your coucillors and oppose this planning application by West Coast Energy.Beware of their selective and frequently misleading propaganda if this plan goes ahead the fundamental rural nature of much of Central Dorst will be lost forever. "

    August 28, 2012 a 9:55 am

  • Samson comments:
    "“Noise complaints about one in six wind farms this article below appears in the Daily telegrah, it is very very worrying, there is alot of information about there, people are either being untruthful on one side or another… The cottages around Askam wind farm occupy the perfect spot, looking out to sea over to the isle of Man and inland to the Lake District. The only problem is the noise.
    The seven turbines have sparked the most complaints about wind farms in the country. Residents complain of a noise like someone is “mixing cement in the sky” or a “clog is stuck in the tumble dryer” and they are not the only ones. New figures reveal that at least one in six wind farms have had complaints about noise causing a lack of sleep or just been “dreadfully irritating”. The statistics show the growing concern around the health impacts of wind turbines as the Government plans to spend billions of pounds encouraging developers to erect around 1,000 new onshore turbines over the next ten years. This weekend campaigners meet in Darlington for WindConf 2010 to hear from victims and experts about the impacts of wind farms on areas of outstanding beauty. Gillian Haythornthwaite, who lives near the wind farm in Askam with her partner Barry Moon, said it has been a “devastating” experience.”
    It is a dreadfully irritating whoosh, whoosh noise,” she said. “It is unbearable to be outside in the garden when there is the noise.” The local council in Barrow in Furness said there have been more than 100 official complaints since the turbines were erected in 1999, although campaigners claim it is more than 270 from around a dozen people. E. On, the energy company that runs the wind farm, said it has introduced a “noise reduction monitoring reduction system” that turns off the turbines when they turn in a certain direction in order to resolve the problem. But David Brierley, a retired policeman who also lives nearby, said there is still a problem. He described the noise as like a train that never arrives or a helicopter landing outside. “It is a horrendous situation,” he added. Campaigners are gathering evidence on the noise problems caused by wind farms to pressure the Government to take action. A Freedom of Information request has revealed the names of 27 wind farms that were included in a 2007 report on noise submitted to the Department for Business. Since then Jane Davis, who is hoping to take her complaint about a wind farm near her home in Lincolnshire to the High Court, has recorded at least ten more noisy wind farms out of a total of 255 in the country. She has submitted all the information to the Government but claims that many people are reluctant to make complaints because they fear nothing will be done. “This is not about saying no wind farms anywhere, this is about saying lets have wind farms in the right place with the right regulations,” she said. Dick Bowdler, an acoustic consultant, used to advise the Government on wind farm noise. However he resigned because he felt concerns about noise from wind farms were not being followed up. “I have no doubt that there are some people who are seriously affected by wind farm noise,” he said. Mr Bowdler said it was impossible to complain because the noise limits set for wind farms are too high. “You cannot do anything except for a make a lot of fuss,” he said. “What is needed is stricter standards that bring wind farms into line with every other industrial noise.” Dr Chris Hanning, a retired NHS sleep consultant, said the main problem is sleep disturbance that can lead to extreme stress. “It you have this sound thumping away all day and there is nothing you can do to try and turn it off, it is very annoying,” he said. The Department for the Environment insisted that the Government takes the problem seriously. A spokesman said: “Renewable energy is needed for the long term prosperity of Britain, and wind energy is an important part of this. Any complaints about noise from wind turbines should be investigated by the local authorities.” Wind farms that have been the subject of noise complaints, according to official document submitted to the Government by Salford University: Glens of Foudland, Aberdeenshire Cruach Mhor, Argyll and Bute Royd Moor, Barnsley Askam, Barrow in Furness Blaen Bowi, Carmarthenshire Carland Cross, Carrick Four Burrows, Carrick Moel Maelogen, Conwy Hafoty Ucha, Conwy Tir Mostyn & Foel Goch, Denbighshire Michelin Tyre Factory, Dundee Causeymire, Caithness Llyn Alaw, Anglesey Rhyd-y-Groes, Anglesey Trysglwyn, Anglesey Cold Northcott, North Cornwall Bears Down, North Cornwall Delabole, North Cornwall St Breock, North Cornwall Llandinam, Powys Mynydd Clogau, Powys Crystal Rig, Scottish Borders Hadyard Hill, South Ayrshire Deeping St Nicholas, South Holland Harlock Hill, South Lakeland Lynch Knoll, Stroud Forest Moor, Bradworthy, Torridge these turbines are so very huge, and there are so many of them, as the story says the objection is not to green energy just not such energy in the wrong places. "

    August 26, 2012 a 8:42 pm

  • phil comments:
    "http://fifewindfarms.org.uk/developers-fairy-tales-denounced/ An item appears regarding West Coast energy, it does not make encouraging reading, how does West Coast Energy answer this, and can they understand why people are so untrusting. the item is entitled “Developers “fairy tales” denounced” “Wind developer; West Coast Energy has been accused of “comprehensively misleading” Holyrood about levels of popular opposition to its wind projects in a “desperate effort to hang on to political support for big wind companies”. http://www.fifewindfarms.org.uk “The storm broke after Steve Salt, West Coast Energy’s Planning and Development Director, appeared at Wednesday’s meeting of the Energy, Economy and Tourism Committee’s Inquiry into the 2020 Renewables Targets.” "
    August 26, 2012 a 8:06 pm

  • Caz comments:
    "We have a large MOD training area in Dorset why not go put them on there where the tanks will drownd out the noise, The local monkeys might complain though! "
    August 23, 2012 a 10:25 am

  • Vince Adams comments:
    "Hallo,
    I do agree with your thoughts on people who have worked hard to buy a house and if there is potential reductions in value I think that this has to be addressed.
    My own view on the road issue’s are that it will do little to increase accident rates, indeed it might even have the effect of reducing speeds.
    But all issues need good discussion and careful consideration.
    Just a thought do you think that wind turbines have reduced tourism in Cornwall for example ??
    Vince "

    August 21, 2012 a 9:25 am

  • Simon Rayson comments:
    "Well jets do have to take off from somewhere. Anyway it is a challenge we are all facing – what to do about our energy needs, for the present and more particularly for the future. One might wonder if in the future people might be regarded as good examples (even heroes) for having given the go ahead to have renewable energy installations in their neighbourhood – heck it might even make a person want to live in that vicinity. In the meantime though there is this perception that having windfarms nearby is a Bad Thing. But what can we do to ensure there is electricity? You hear of this “Fracking” which can release underground methane, yet that apparently sets off earthquakes – think I`d prefer a Wind Turbine. Or Solar Power – which does seem to offer the most easy on the palate solution, it might be interesting to know how many square metres of solar panels would be required to match the (anticipated) output of the Wind Farm we are discussing. These are challenging times, energy wise, it`s good to debate and heck maybe one of the inventive people of this land might come up with a far better solution, now that`d be good! "
    August 21, 2012 a 9:08 am

  • K Edmunds comments:
    "thankfully jumbo jets tend to fly rather too high to generally be a distraction, where as turbines tend to be attached to the ground! Looking at info available the Highways Agency advises that windfarms should be sited with due care and attention to the surrounding topography hazzards road use etc. In an area where the turbines become a regular fixed feature there is less of a hazard, but next to a road used by tourists who may not have used the road very often this could clearly be a danger. I think you would find most people would leap at the chance to have solar power installed at their houses if it was cheaply available, people do want to do their bit I am sure. The problem for Windfarm developers is this, we live in a time when information is available on a Global proportion, we are not stupid, we read of peoples lives being blighted by such developments, people launching 2.5 million lawsuits against developers etc. tourist sites in other parts of the country being adversely affected.
    Plus people can read that some very prominent people are making alot of money from these developments, so is it right to tell people that they should do their bit, accept the fact that their house that they have worked hard and long to have will be devalued but that’s fine. If you look at the current news reports regarding houses having their council tax bands reduced because the local councils have accepted that their houses have been devalued by having a windfarm near to them, one realises this is a fact. We all want to do what we can, but fairly and safely.
    We live in a beautiful county whose living comes from Tourism, we must not risk destroying the goose that lays the golden egg. "

    August 20, 2012 a 9:54 pm

  • Simon Rayson comments:
    "Fascinating info about the “distraction to drivers effect” apparently reported – makes me wonder if Airports and suchlike ought to be sited well away from roads as well – if Wind Turbines can distract, how much more so a jumbo jet? As regards the fears of noise and loss of value in housing (and the other oft reported reasons why Wind Farms are opposed), perhaps this reflects an unwillingness to take personal responsibility for the energy future of this country – a “not my problem” thing rather than a NIMBY thing? I don`t know – but to me it still seems like a worthwhile project! "
    August 20, 2012 a 2:17 pm

  • Vince Adams comments:
    "Thanks to everyone so far for coming forward with their comments and beginning a truly democratic debate.
    What we at Dorset Energized wish to do is:
    Ensure that all the points raised by anyone are met with informed professionally thought through answers.
    Let us cut through rumour,smoking mirrors and let the facts speak loudly for themselves so that the local people can come to their own conclusions.
    I shall be asking all the contributors to DE to answer specific technical questions and of course bring West Coast Energy fully into the debate wherever possible. Please network everyone you know with the website and enable them to become a real part of the renewable energy future.
    vince adams "

    August 20, 2012 a 10:13 am

  • p jesty comments:
    "For those of us who want to find out more about windfarms, their pitfalls and plus’s could make a good start with reading below, first two from The Telegraph, the third, the latter which addresses the safety issues is from the Caithness Windfarm information forum, it has probably the most uptodate accident information available. “The great wind delusion has hijacked our energy policy” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/9468604/The-great-wind-delusion-has-hijacked-our-energy-policy.html “Wind turbines do bring down property prices” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/windpower/9418617/Wind-farms-do-bring-down-property-values.html This makes very interesting reading piece researched and published by http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk Caithness Windfarm Information Forum this contains
    “accompanying detailed table includes all documented cases of wind turbine related accidents which could be found and confirmed through press reports or official information releases up to 30 June 2012. CWIF believe that this compendium of accident information may be the most comprehensive available anywhere.” Fascinating reading, and makes one aware of safety issues that one had not realised exist with wind turbines, doubly makes one question the distance of the planned wind turbines from the dwellings there, and the distance from the road. very very worrying. "

    August 20, 2012 a 8:06 am

  • p jesty comments:
    "7 Million over 25 years will add to about 3 Million, unless it is index linked? Not a very big input into the local economy.
    It seems from searching the web there has been alot of negative outcomes from Windfarms placements, up North Tourist areas have been damaged, with people from Campsites sighting the near by windfarms as the reason why they no longer wish to visit and stay in an area.
    Yes the turbines will be very visible from the A35, and perhaps this presents a danger, the view will be obscured by Weatherbury fort, and from the other direction from the natural bend, the turbines will loom up suddenly, an issue that the Highways Agency has highlighted as a concern in the placement of Windfarms, because of a danger of “driver distraction”. Also the turbines will be visible from the A354 at a point where there has already been a fatality due to distraction. The A35 is as noisy as it is at this point due to the concrete treatment of the road, if the road is resurfaced as it should be to make it quieter, then the sound balance will alter, and the turbine volume will be louder.
    Also it should be noted that the A35 and A354 are not busy roads at night, it is quite quiet, especially when not in the Tourist season, since Windturbines create alot of noise at night, and people are attempting to sleep at night, it could be a really serious issue!
    As for households being at a distance from the turbines there are several dwellings at approximately a kilometre or less, in Denmark such a development of the windfarm would not be allowed, a distance of 2 kilometres must be made between the turbines and any dwelling; as the developers are probably aware the Scottish Parliament are considering passing such a ruling that no wind farm should be closer than 2 km to a dwelling.
    I know personally from a Friend who lives near to a Windfarm that they were told by an estate agent that their house had it’s value wiped out by the plan to site a farm so near by, and now the windfarm is in existance they have been told that the value of their property is almost completely gone is this a fair thing to do to someone? How do the developers plan to recompense anyone likewise affected?
    It is indeed interesting to look at West Coast energys plans on their website there are alot of windfarms planned by them. It is also interesting to do searches to get information from independent sources regarding Windfarms, pros and cons. I think it is important to take a completely open minded approach, find out the pros and cons.
    I think it would display alot of decency if the West coast energy could excercise real community spirit they should contribute more to the economy if this goes ahead, and they should immediately approach any near by dwelling of 2 kilometres or less and offer to buy them out at full market value before these plans were put in place, this would be very forward thinking and positive. Surely if it is accepted by Denmark, and other countries that this 2 Kilometre ruling should exist, then it should be observed here too! Plus it should be kept in mind that rules and laws can be applied retrospectively, a Council may even be held liable for allowing a developement to go ahead in a way that is deemed wrong in the future, this must be born in mind too.
    Finally I am concerned that Windturbines are not the answer to the problem, we must look further, imagine if solar technology was made cheaper, so that practically everyone could be producing solar energy. Perhaps Wind turbines can have their place in producing energy, but perhaps in this position it would be wrong. It is after all very close to an Area of Outstanding natural beauty, it is the Heart of Hardy Country, famed for it’s rural beauty..perhaps we should keep that in mind. Perhaps windfarms of a smaller size positioned properly 2 km away from households, not in the view of drivers where they might cause a distraction, not positioned near to areas that depend on their rural beauty for their bread and butter……..ie tourist industry.
    I ask the developers to please consider how they treat local people, I ask them to be totally transparent in what sort of volume these turbines will create, what sort of distraction the flashes caused by the blades will create, if this is safe next to a major road.
    I think alot of people do not realise quite how very large these turbines will be, something like twice the height of the Weymouth tower, which looks pretty large to me!
    I recommend to all involved in this that they keep an open mind, they research beyond the information helpfully given by West Coast energy into the pros and cons. It is very important that we seek as much information as possible, because if this is truly a disastrous approach we will be stuck with them, and if this windfarm goes up, there will be alot more of them in Dorset, so we need to be very careful that this is the best course of action. "

    August 19, 2012 a 11:12 pm


09
AUG

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


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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.



08
AUG

Lets Get Energized says:
Milborne Wind Farm in West Dorset – Public Exhibitions 14th & 15th August 2012


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West Coast Energy invites you to attend the public exhibitions as part of the launch of the Milborne Wind Farm project.

The  proposed onshore wind farm development is north of Tolpuddle, southwest of Milborne St Andrew and currently comprises ten wind turbines which could provide clean energy equivalent to the annual electricity consumption requirements of some 14,000 homes, or more than one third of all domestic dwellings in the West Dorset area.

A couple of public exhibitions are to be held, on 14 and 15 August, as follows:

Tuesday 14th August 2012 – Tolpuddle Village Hall, 2-8pm

Wednesday 15th August 2012 – Puddletown Village Hall, 2-8pm

The exhibitions are being held to give the local community an insight into the proposed development. They will be public events open for attendance by anyone, and everyone will have the opportunity to comment on the proposals, ask questions and put forward views to the West Coast Energy project team directly.

West Coast Energy remains committed to the principle that communities should benefit financially from the generation of local renewable energy. By owning a share of the wind farm and using the income to fund projects that will better the community, residents are able to make a real difference to their environment.

In order for communities to participate and share in the benefits of local renewable energy generation West Coast Energy has an established policy to offer local communities a share in the ownership of the profit from wind energy generation by providing an annual payment to the community based upon 10% of the annual net profits from its wind farm developments.

For the Milborne Wind Farm this 10% of annual net profits effectively equates to the net profit from one of the 10 turbines – which will be dedicated as the “Community Turbine”.

West Coast Energy would secure all the necessary consents and financing facilities and procure, build and operate the turbine on behalf of the community. The community would then receive all of the net financial benefit from the generation of electricity from the turbine for the whole operational life of the wind farm. It would be down to local people to determine how the income from the community turbine should be spent on social, educational and environmental projects that will benefit the wider community.

Based upon an operational 10 turbine scheme, and taking into account present known financial and site technical data, the benefit generated by the Milborne Wind Farm community turbine is expected to total almost £7 million over the 25 year anticipated life of the wind farm.

If you require more information on this proposed development then please do not hesitate to contact Matthew Hayes on 01352 705236, email matthew.hayes@westcoastenergy.co.uk or visit West Coast Energy’s website: www.westcoastenergy.co.uk.

West Coast Energy Limited is a leading independent wind energy developer and operator based in Mold, North Wales. The company was established in 1996 and specialises in the identification, design, planning, development, construction and operation of wind energy projects.  They recently won the Community Engagement Award in the RenewableUK Energy Awards 2012.

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UPDATE 16th August 2012
Dorset Energized volunteers Vince Adams and Theresa McManus attended these exhibitions – check out Vince’s response at: www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/archives/2012/08/16/a-response-to-the-milborne-wind-farm-proposal.


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  • Richard comments:
    "So there will be a “Commuity Turbine” will there? I suppose that this is a “sweetener” for the local residents? And I suppose that everyone within view of the turbine will receive free or discounted electricity when the 10 turbines are built. NO: for sure! As we are constantly lied to by the companies that install this technology, as to the efficiency (generally 10 – 30% of the maximum power output on the literature supplied by the installer), and the general “green” credentials of wind power, all these companies are interested in is making profit for themselves and their shareholders. They FAIL to mention that these turbines are not suitable for the British climate, which is the reason they are so inefficient in the UK. They also FAIL to mention the effect that the downwind turbulence has on the microclimate in the area. The turbulence caused as the wind spills over the blades (whether turning or not), mixes the air strata downwind of the turbine, which generally has a devastating effect on farm crops, forest ecosystems, and anywhere where the microclimate has not been disturbed for 100’s of years.
    I have seen exactly what the residents of M. St. A. are doing for the environment and producing green energy. there solar pv panels sprouting up on roofs all over the village. If you cannot afford to buy the installation array to go on your roof, there are plenty of ways to generate, clean, green energy anyway. for example you can rent out your roof space to a solar pv company. Solar PV While not the most efficient method of electrical power generation is the least obtrusive, (dark roof, dark panels, no moving parts, no noise, no blinking sun reflecting blades). I AM all for renewables, but not the vicious eyesores that are wind turbines.
    All this proposal is about is blinkering the local populus into believing that they will get something good out of it, but as others above have mentioned, it will result in a loss of property value, no free or discounted electricity, and eyesore on the horizon, and massive profits to the company that builds and installs them.
    Dam off the Severn estuary and provide us with the TerraWatts of regular (twice a day guarunteed 24/7) electricity we need. And not the fickle, profiteering suggestion that is the Milborne Wind farm idea.
    AND don’t make me get the activists involved, either. "

    September 4, 2012 a 3:09 pm

  • Sally Cooke comments:
    "I went to the consultation expecting to support the Milborne Wind Farm. I was disappointed by what I saw and heard. I felt short-changed on my queries about noise and vibration (although I have subsequently had more robust information provided by email, which I’m happy to share). The visual impact looks major to me. I was a bit shaken to learn that West Coast Energy can’t afford to do the whole development themselves, and will need to involve a much larger financial partner.
    On the other hand, I don’t doubt that we need major development of renewable energy in Dorset. According to the county renewable energy strategy, wind is by far our biggest potential land-based resource for renewables. For Dorset to play its fair part in the national picture, we need to increase our generating capacity from renewables by 15 times (yes, really!) in the next 8 years.
    I do however think that these developers need actively to make the case, and not just assume that their proposal will succeed because the need is so great. I also think that the community benefit needs to be clearly thought through and secured in such a way that future changes in the ownership or management of the wind farm – if it goes ahead – will not jeopardise the community’s interests. Does anyone know how to do this? "

    August 24, 2012 a 12:09 am

  • Vince Adams comments:
    "No chance please for the sake of integrity you really have to give us some facts.
    It makes no sence of siting WT’s over or very near to property and if mistakes have been made in the past surely its for all of us to see that this type of thing does not happen in the future….not put a stop to the whole idea…..which is rather like taking a hammer to crack and egg.
    Its time to really move the argument on and debate and find solutions !! "

    August 21, 2012 a 9:40 am

  • Simon Rayson comments:
    "Fair enough – speaking from my own experience, I have an Electric Bike which has an older style (brushed) motor, and although it`s not loud, it certainly is far from silent. But if you come across one of the newer Electric Bikes equipped with a modern (unbrushed) motor, you`ll be hard pressed to hear it at all. The same seems to apply to Wind Turbines – the older, earlier models were apparently (as described by my fellow commenter) not quiet, but the newer ones are much quieter, technology having moved on (as it does). And here in Milton Abbas there is a Wind Turbine, located next to a farm and put there by the people who live there, so what can I say. As to profits – well that`s generally why anything happens in a free economy – apart from nuclear power of course, where the costs (of setting up and even more of dismantling) are so vast no private company is any longer willing to take such a thing on (from what I understand). Anyway it`s good to be airing our views (if you`ll excuse the pun) on this site, long may free speech continue! "
    August 16, 2012 a 8:10 pm

  • No chance comments:
    "Dearest bloggers, I am very sorry if you feel that I am ‘sniping’ at anyone on this web-site. I am merely choosing to air my thoughts and opinions in a way that I choose to. I may be wrapped up comfortably in my anonymity but I feel that I am one of the few people on this site who is talking from personal experience of living close to a wind farm. Can I ask, are you speaking from real life experience of having lived very close to such a turbine? I have, and most definitely did experience noise pollution and rather frustratingly (as many of my neighbours found) when we tried to leave the area where said wind farm was, found that all of our property values had fallen by 18 – 20 % despite what the energy companies may quote.
    I feel that it is important that everyone acknowledges that the companies who set up these wind farms are not doing this for the good of the environment or the community, they are doing it solely for profit. It sounds wonderful that potentially the local area could get £7m over the next 25 years, but please, has everyone lost sight that the company will therefore retain £63 million and furthermore £7m over 25 years will be significantly reduced by inflation. In 20 years time £7m will equate to essentially peanuts. Please bear in mind also the grants that said companies get to set up these wind farms. As much as we may all feel that it is our responsibility to protect our environment, these companies are purely driven by profit. "

    August 16, 2012 a 7:00 pm

  • Geoff Hodgson comments:
    "I am bemused by people who, rather than standing up and being counted, choose instead to snipe from the cover of anonymity. Is their moral cowardice anything to do, I wonder, with the fact that these people are unable to put the social good before their own perceived self-interest? Let us debate the issues, and do each other the courtesy of letting people know with whom they are engaging in debate. "
    August 16, 2012 a 8:44 am

  • Anna Celeste Watson comments:
    "Myself and everyone else I have ever met think wind turbines are beautiful and iconic! But much more importantly (as that’s just a personal choice and I don’t have one within view from my home), surely they are a necessity until we find better renewable energy sources and… TODAY?! To be honest I have no idea whether this is specifically an ideal location, but I’ve definitely never heard any argument that justifies being against wind turbines – noise and ugliness surely carry very little weight when we consider we may not even have a planet left to live if we don’t act now! People have been talking about being ‘green’ ever since I can remember – it’s time to stop talking about it and take action, and in the best way we can at this time including using on-shore and off-shore wind power. It’s just a shame that it’s the small minority of people opposed to wind power that seem to make the biggest noise! I really just don’t see we have much choice and I much prefer them over those horrendous pylons! Surely we must invest in more wind turbines and if happens to be on mine or your back yard I guess it’s either tough or we can move (although I would never actually wish that on anyone and of course life isn’t always that simple)! Sometimes we just have to make sacrifices for the good of the whole – there’s everyone else and a whole planet to think about here – and yes, even here in Dorset!!! I just hope people at least don’t right it off without having gone to this consultation first and/or asking the Developers questions… I guess we’ll see what happens next and will just have to trust they make the right decision for this area… "
    August 15, 2012 a 8:28 pm

  • Simon Rayson comments:
    "Regarding the North Dorset, West Dorset question – the boundary between the two passes somewhere between Tolpuddle and Milborne St Andrew and South of the A354. The proposed Wind Farm being also to the South of the border in West Dorset. Fortunately we live in a democracy so we all can have a say in such matters once the planning application is in progress. Personally I support this development and would have done so were I still living in Tolpuddle as I used to. And I do hope North Dorset gets one or more Wind Farms in the future as well. Off shore developments also of course make sense, but in terms of cost of electricity generated (and ultimately cost to the consumer) onshore is, at least for the moment, much cheaper. "
    August 15, 2012 a 8:24 pm

  • No chance comments:
    "I am keen to see how long it takes for Geoff and Susan Hodgson to sell their home after the new wind turbines arrive – you have clearly never lived close to any turbines and had to suffer the horrendous noise pollution that accompanies them. Anyone who is in support of these turbines so close to rural communities is ill informed. I am all for renewable energy but do not wish it to be so obtrusive in such a small area of natural beauty. The developers have gone about their business in previous areas (Cornwall) in an aggressive, under-hand manner yet you support this project within your local area. Surprising ! "
    August 15, 2012 a 7:53 pm

  • No chance comments:
    "Am wholely opposed to this proposed development. Having previously lived in an area close to a wind farm and been exposed to the extremely annoying noise that these farms generate I would never ever support the building of another wind farm in a domestic or rural area. There is a large expanse of sea out there, with much more wind out there – put them there please! I agree with other comments also – why is it being put in north dorset yet needs to go to west dorset council for approval? If West dorset are so keen to have wind turbines – find somewhere else for them ! "
    August 15, 2012 a 6:44 pm

  • Simon Rayson comments:
    "North Dorset could very well do with some – I`d love to have some in my back yard :-) Though to be fair it isn`t big enough. All the same there is one of the smaller ones here in Milton Abbas and personally I think it looks beautiful and of course does beautiful things – like providing clean energy! "
    August 14, 2012 a 11:50 am

  • p jesty comments:
    "very very concerned, and very opposed to the development for a number of reasons, the blight on the near by dwellings, will there be compensation, full market value compensation. Will it cause driver distraction on the A35 a busy road already blighted by road accidents? Wind power is expensive, uneconomic, there are far better ways of harnessing natural energy. Is the rush for this development more to do with the current subsidy rate and the threatened cuts that are coming in.
    With the claims that West Dorset residents will benefit, can anyone explain how the North Dorset residents who will be most blighted are to benefit? As for any accusation of NIMBY, would the developers cherish having a windfarm in closeby?
    What of the residents nearby who are severely Autistic, are the developers happy with the hell they would inflict on them? "

    August 14, 2012 a 11:13 am

  • Geoff Hodgson comments:
    "Marvellous to hear about this project. We are hugely in favour of clean power generation from wind. The ‘community turbine’ is a great idea – we can look forward to some tangible benefits in Tolpuddle and Milborne St Andrew in the years to come. We live in an elevated position in Milborne St Andrew (probably the highest house in the locality – and it has three storeys – so we should be able to see the turbines when they are built. We hope so. Geoff & Susan Hodgson "
    August 14, 2012 a 8:36 am

  • Caz comments:
    "“ten wind turbines which could provide clean energy equivalent to the annual electricity consumption requirements of some 14,000 homes, or more than one third of all domestic dwellings in the West Dorset area.” Go stick them in WEST Dorset then! Milbourne St Andrew is in NORTH DORSET! Bet you can’t get them to have them in Poundbury! NIMBY! "
    August 13, 2012 a 5:36 pm

  • Simon Rayson comments:
    "Much of the negativity toward alternative energy and transport and so on – I suspect derives from the notion that we are trying to suggest that we have the perfect solution to replace what currently exists – and when our solutions are of course not perfect (unlike the present situation – excuse my sarcasm :-) then they are rejected wholesale and outright. But not much we can do about that I suppose – except point out the practicalities and work with those who are not blinded by total prejudice. "
    August 10, 2012 a 8:57 am

  • Theresa comments:
    "I see that the proposed Milborne Farm windfarm includes giving 10% of the net profits back to the local community. This looks to be a great offer, as there is no obligation on the developer to do this, but I wonder how it compares to other commercial wind farms voluntary contributions to local communities? "
    August 8, 2012 a 11:25 am


09
JUL

Paul McIntosh says:
Successful Appeal for Alaska Wind Farm in Purbeck


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The appeal against the decision of councillors to oppose the proposed Alaska Wind Farm in Purbeck has been allowed by the inspector, thus paving the way for the first such development in the county of Dorset.

Permission has been granted for 4 large wind turbines generating up to 9.2MW of renewable energy which the inspector stated would make a “meaningful contribution to renewable electricity in Dorset as part of a mix of resources”.

He concluded also that the “visual amenity and noise impacts are acceptable in terms of development plan policy, and there are no other matters that add materially to the case against the proposal” and “Having regard to all the matters raised, the environmental and economic benefits of granting planning permission for the development significantly outweigh the limited degree of harm that would occur. The balance weighs in favour of granting planning permission”.

You can download a copy of the Decision Letter from the DA21 website here: http://www.sustainabledorset.org.uk/news/2012-07-09/alaska-wind-farm-appeal-successful

Let us know what you think of the wind turbines coming to Purbeck by leaving your comments below!


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  • Len Herbert comments:
    "Personally I think they look beautiful and provided they are not within hearing distance of local residents we should welcome them. Statistics show bird deaths are miniscule. They are cheaper and cleaner when compared to Fossil fuel power stations and the dreaded Nuclear and the more we build the cheaper they become. If we want a healthy future for human kind and continue to increase our power consumption then Renewable energy is the only way. "
    July 9, 2012 a 8:56 pm


11
MAY

Lets Get Energized says:
Arguments Against Wind Power – Cartoon Says It All!


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(Image credit: Joe Heller)

We couldn’t resist sharing this cartoon featured in Care2’s article on ‘Offshore Wind Energy Picking Up Speed’ – we think it pretty much sums up the arguments against wind power rather well!

Take a look at the full article on http://www.care2.com/causes/offshore-wind-energy-picking-up-speed.html and send us your comments on the cartoon!



25
APR

Paul McIntosh says:
BBC Say the Public Back Wind Farm Subsidies


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I was very encouraged by a story in the BBC yesterday, which shows support not only for subsidies but also for wind energy technologies.

More Britons than not regard subsidies for wind power development as a good deal, according to a survey commissioned by trade body RenewableUK, the Ipsos-Mori poll found that 43% see the UK subsidy as good value for money against 18% who do not.

Check out the full article on: www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17783604.

As with all development, there needs to be site specific work to make sure that wind turbines do not interfere with wildlife.

Aft to contrast with the landing of Canadian Geese in a Tar Sands pool…



21
APR

Anna Celeste Watson says:
RSPB announces grand plans for a wind turbine at its HQ


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As the co-ordinator of animal welfare group Compassionate Dorset in my spare time (aside from working on the Dorset Energized website of course!) I am naturally concerned about the impact wind turbines could potentially have on birds, but also know that we must invest in renewable technology, quite simply, to save the planet! (This observation is from my non-expert point of view as a member of the public I should add, and after learning more about renewables from this very website), so I am very pleased to read that the RSPB, who apparently do support wind turbines anyway, have just announced plans to have a wind turbine installed at their HQ.

Adam Murray from the RSPB, says “We believe that renewable energy is an essential tool in the fight against climate change, which poses the single biggest threat to the long term survival of birds and wildlife.”

He adds “We know that with the right design and location wind turbines have little or no impact on wildlife, but we always take care to consider any wind turbine proposal on a case-by-case basis.”

Check out their full plans for yourself here: www.rspb.org.uk/community/ourwork/b/east/archive/2012/04/20/rspb-announces-plans-for-a-wind-turbine-at-its-hq.aspx.



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