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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 15 Aug 2009 10:02 am

And here is the damage to our planet that the NIMBYs are doing: http://www.independent.co.uk/environmen ... 67529.html

'Nimbyism' blocking the spread of wind farms

Local planning logjams are preventing renewable power projects being given the green light, according to research that reveals two out of three applications for onshore wind farms are being rejected.

Thirty three schemes have been turned down by local authorities in the past 18 months. Only 15 were approved, a study by environmentalists has found.

Wind power operators warned that schemes to provide the equivalent of eight conventional power stations were clogged up in the planning system sometimes for years and called for action to win over a "not in my back yard" element campaigning against new projects.

A survey by SERA, the Labour party environment campaign, revealed the scale of wind farm projects being turned down. The organisation, whose membership includes a number of cabinet ministers, warned that "nimby" councillors were turning down wind farms.

Campaigners said that authorities controlled by Labour approved 64 per cent of applications they considered but Tory controlled or led authorities accepted only 18 per cent of applications.

The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA), which represents 360 power companies and suppliers, said Britain could fulfil its full potential for land-based wind power if the proposals currently going through the planning system were built.

The association warned that targets for Britain to develop renewable energy could be missed unless the planning system was improved. Andrew Pakes, co-chairman of SERA, said: "The Government is in a really difficult situation having expressed clear support for wind power but more than two-thirds of applications either being rejected or clogged up in the planning system locally.

"The figures also raise a serious challenge to David Cameron's claims to have reformed the Conservative Party. Time and again, we are seeing wind farms applications being rejected by Tory councillors."

Charles Anglin, communications director of the BWEA, said: "What you almost always find is a vocal minority of people get organised to oppose wind farms. The objection is usually visual. That is a legitimate view but it is a subjective one. There is a clear need to tackle climate change and that means changing the way we use and make energy."
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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 15 Aug 2009 10:07 am

Great article about wind farm NIMBYs: http://energysmart.wordpress.com/2007/1 ... gy-future/

"While many (most) view these spinning turbines as a welcome sight, a beautiful evocation of a cleaner, more prosperous future, there are those NIMBYists who call for a cleaner future, just as long as none of the cleaning is occurring from their back yards. They see the wind turbines, have their blood boiling in anger, and then flip the switch for fossil fuel powered electricity, blind to their direct link to the pollution of all of our backyards."

How true.
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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 15 Aug 2009 10:12 am

British Wind Energy Association: http://www.bwea.com/

The UK is the windiest country in Europe, so much so that we could power our country several times over using this free fuel. A modern 2.5MW turbine at a reasonable site will generate 6.5 million units of electricity each year, enough to meet the annual needs of over 1,400 households, make 230 million cups of tea or run a computer for 2,250 years.

Every unit of electricity from a wind turbine displaces one from conventional power stations: in January 2009, wind turbines in the UK had the capacity to prevent the emission of 3,682,563 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.

Since the first wind farm in the UK was built at Delabole in 1991, onshore wind energy has established itself as a mature, clean energy generating technology. In 2007 wind energy overtook hydropower to become the largest renewable generation source, contributing 2.2% of the UK’s electricity supply, with onshore wind comprising the bulk of this. Wind has been the world's fastest growing renewable energy source for the last seven years, and this trend is expected to continue with falling costs of wind energy, energy security threats and the urgent international need to tackle CO2 emissions to prevent climate change.

The Government's Renewable Energy Strategy states that the ambitious target of generating 15% of all the UK's energy from renewables by 2020 means that 35-45% of electricity will have to come from green sources. The lion's share of these renewables will have to be wind, some 33GW of capacity, delivering over £60billion of investment and creating 160,000 green collar jobs.

The report 'Building a Low Carbon Economy' (Committee on Climate Change, December 2008) stresses that onshore and offshore wind together can deliver 30% of the UK's electricity supply by 2020 and be part of a radical decarbonisation of the economy by 2030.
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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 15 Aug 2009 6:13 pm

How much good will this winfarm do in preventing CO2 emissions?

Fossil fuels emit the follwing amount of CO2 per Kilowatt Hour:
Natural Gas 360
Coal 910
UK Average 480
ASA figure 430 for use in windfarm company marketing
source: http://www.r-e-a.net/info/facts-info/ca ... lectricity

So lets take the low 430 gramme figure. (0.43Kg)

These turbines are 2.5 megawatt (2,500kW), there are 6 of them, windfarms tend to run at 30% of theoretical maximum and there are 8760 hours in the year.

So that is 0.43 X 2,500 X 6 X 0.3 X 8760

Or 16,950,600 killogrammes of CO2

So the question to ask the NIMBYs is are they prepared to have 17 million kilos of CO2 every year on their conscience, because that is the CO2 saving that this wind farm will produce?

Or do they like the idea of wind power saving the environment from CO2 emission, as long as it is someone else's back yard?
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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Thu 17 Sep 2009 12:51 pm

2 months of studies have proven that Starbold is ideal for a windfarm.
The site is windy and it is a long way away from habitation.
So let's build it and help save the planet.
We are lucky that Broadview Energy are prepared to invest in this.

For the NIMBYs there will be a meeting on monday at Knightcote village hall between 4 and 6 pm.
Worth going for the entertainment value.

http://www.warwickcourier.co.uk/newsl/I ... 5656221.jp
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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 10 Oct 2009 10:52 am

Nimbyism in full flow. To attain the moral high ground these people need to disconnect their electricity.
http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2009/10/ ... proposals/

: October 9, 2009 • England
Knightcote residents claim enormous opposition to wind farm proposals
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Villagers in south Warwickshire remain unconvinced that a wind farm near their homes is a good idea.

Energy company Broadview last week held a public exhibition in Knightcote, showcasing its ideas for siting up to six turbines on farmland next to the village.

But resident George Wood, who set up opposition group Feldon Residents Against Wind farm Turbines (Frawt), says that in four villages near the site, he has so far only found one person who is in favour of the scheme.

He said: “We have held presentations in Knightcote, Fenny Compton, Bishops Itchington and Northend, where we asked people to vote on the matter.

“We had one person voting in favour of the turbines, one was undecided, and more than 300 voted against them.”

Mr Wood has researched the impact wind turbines have on the surrounding areas.

He said: “Broadview is telling people that the turbines do not create noise, which is not true.

“They also say that there is no requirement to build them more than 500 yards from houses.

“But there is quite a bit of evidence because of the noise impact, there should be a distance of 1.2 miles.

“Broadview also says there is no devaluation of property, but I have spoken to estate agents who say that the houses in Knightcote would be devalued by 20 to 30 per cent and houses in the surrounding areas by ten per cent.

“Even property experts in Denmark, which has more wind farms than anywhere else, have agreed on this 20 to 30 per cent figure.”

Mr Wood and other members of Frawt are planning to speak to planning consultants, legal consultants and property surveyors, before putting together a document which they think will ensure they will receive compensation if the project goes ahead.

Broadview is hoping to carry out a detailed study to measure the wind in the area using a temporary mast.

Project manager Tim Lynam last week dismissed claims that there would be health risks, and he said the turbines would be sited so as to prevent any ‘flicker’ effect and designed to eliminate vibrations that could also damage the masts.

The site is one of six across the UK planned by Broadview, which has so far only gained permission for one, near Aberdeen.

The Courier

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8 October 2009
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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Tue 20 Oct 2009 11:11 am

John Maples, the Stratford MP, joins the NIMBYs: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/c ... -24967249/

Presumably, to justify his moral stance, he too will be disconnecting the electricity from his various homes.

It is a well known fact that planning permission for renewable energy gets turned down far more often by conservative politicians.
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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Tue 3 Nov 2009 8:09 am

These FRAWT NIMBYs are very well organised so they will probably succeed, the vast majority of UK wind farms have their planning permission turned down, no matter how good the case. So when the Russians hold us to ransom over gas, like they do with the Ukraine, I hope FRAWT feel proud of themselves. If they lived in the real world they would apply themselves to opposing something really stupid, like the blanket 50mph speed limit that has been imposed on Warwickshire roads.
And to make sure that they really are on the high moral ground I assume that they have all now disconnected themselves from the mains electricity. It wouldn't do to consume power made in someone else's back yard, now, would it?

Anyhow here is the FRAWT latest: http://frawt.org.uk/2009/11/02/archive-oct09/

Obviously someone doesn't like the villages being defaced:

POSTERS

It is important that we keep everyone informed of our fight against the wind turbines. In Knightcote we have several posters around the village. THEY KEEP BEING REMOVED. If you are the person removing these posters WHY? how childish can you be!. If you live in other villages could you please put up some posters and put one on the village notice board. You can download a poster (click here to download the pdf file) or create your own.


And FRAWT have built themselves a great social life. What will they do with themselves when they have won?:

MEETINGS!!

We will be booking the village halls in Northend, Gaydon, Fenny Compton, Bishops Itchington and Knightcote soon. The meetings will be to inform you all of FRAWT’s activites to date, the outcome of the planning meeting on 4th November and the next step in the campaign. If you are responsible for any of these halls, we would welcome the use of the these halls free of charge and are hoping to hold them 5,6,8,9,10 November – will post full details soon.
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Re: Here comes our local windfarm

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 7 Nov 2009 8:30 am

Delay in decision over test mast for Bishops Itchington wind farm

http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news ... 5798411.jp

Villagers are to be kept waiting to find out if the first stages of a windfarm project near their homes will go ahead.
Energy company Broadview submitted an application to put up a 60m high metereological mast to test wind speeds on farmland near Bishops Itchington and Knightcote.
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