Did you know that………………..
- The UK Government’s chief energy scientist has warned that vast areas of countryside will have to be covered in wind turbines, solar panels and biofuel plantations if Britain is to meet its renewable energy targets. Professor David Mackay in his book Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air writes “Let us be realistic. What fraction of the country can we really imagine covering in wind mills? Maybe 10%? Then we conclude: if we covered the windiest 10% of the country with windmills we would be able to generate 20 kilowatt hours per day per person. This compares with Britain’s energy consumption of about 125 Kilowatt hours per person. The figures speak for themselves.”
- Professor Mackay has also calculated the land needed to supply all Britain’s energy with renewables. “Whatever mix of renewables you take they all deliver about 2.5 watts per square metre. It means that total land occupied by renewable energy sources to supply today’s life style would be about half the UK.” If you take in the acreage for the UK’s cities and towns what is left to supply food? The politicians have got it wrong and we need to lobby them all to give us a credible energy strategy to support Scotland’s needs for the future.
- Enertrag maintains that the siting of wind farms have a beneficial effect on communities and that they bring local jobs. We are finding that very hard to verify.
- Enertrag says medium term employment opportunities will be available. We cannot find figures to substantiate that. We understand that most of the work needs to be carried out by specialist crew. There maybe some excavation work needed but this is very short term considering Enertrag says it takes about 8 to 9 months to complete a site.
- Enertrag says to date there is no evidence that wind farms impact upon house prices and quotes a report in 2007 from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Oxford Brookes University reaffirmed that there is no empirical evidence to demonstrate a direct link between operating wind farms and house prices. The survey was undertaken just before the crash of mid 2007 when prices were riding high. In this fragile housing market we would challenge a surveyor to tell us that an operating wind farm 700 metres from communities will not affect the price and saleability of houses and housing developments.
- Our concern is how such a site will affect the building of 100 houses at Reston and impact on the proposed opening of Reston Station. This proposal brings sustainable and long term economic prosperity to this area. We need people to come and live in this area to build communities and develop and support local businesses. A large scale wind farm at the front door of Reston will handicap such expansions. People who come to live in rural communities do not want to live next door to large scale industrial developments such as wind turbines.
- Enertrag says there is no evidence to suggest that wind farms affect tourism. After an 8 turbine wind farm was located some 430 metres from the High Moor Farm Park in North Yorkshire, the established family business of 28 years dramatically began losing its customers. Its business fell off a cliff, whilst others in the region, away from the wind farm, performed well. In two seasons, it lost £91,000 in pitch income, caravan sales of £400,000 dried up and it did not sell a single new holiday home where it had normally sold at least ten.
- Enertrag says that the electricity produced at that the proposed Blackmains site is sufficient for 19% of all households in the Borders. According to the Scottish Borders Council web database, at August 2011, there are already 384 turbines either operational or under construction or in the pipeline with capacity of 973 MW sufficient to power households in the borders nearly 10 times over.