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Wind power breaks big ten

10 September, 2010

The date 6 September 2010 was a big day for the UK. Data collected that day indicated that for the first time around 10% of all electricity delivered to consumers was generated by the UK’s wind farms.

At the peak time of 8.30pm, a record-breaking 1860MW was being generated – largely from Scotland – accounting for 4.7 % of total generation at the time. National Grid also believes that if embedded wind generation (generation feeding directly into the low voltage local electricity networks by smaller wind farms) is taken into account wind generated about 10 per cent of GB’s power during the 24 hour period.

RenewableUK Chief Executive Maria McCaffery said:
“We are expecting to see the contribution of electricity from wind gradually increase over the next decade, to around 30% of the UK’s total consumption.”

““If we added together all the wind energy projects in planning to the projects already existing and about to come on stream, we would be three-quarters of the way to reaching our 2020 targets.”

Wind energy debate

4 December, 2008

Sheepdrove Organic Farm has begun to publish details of its current wind energy ideas on its main website.

Please visit our Wind Energy section

The farm aims to make a positive proposal that will be seen as a good example of sustainable development suited to the landscape. The recent wind energy ideas follow a 2006 case study, and consultation with the local authorities since.

We invite all opinion, positive or negative, here at the blog.

Have your say…

Crane Workshops

4 December, 2008

The Cranes Workshops at Sheepdrove Organic Farm

Wind energy consultation events proved popular and helpful

cranes workshops went on until sunset

Taking a very alternative approach to wind energy, Sheepdrove Organic Farm recently held community consultation workshops with a difference. Two cranes were erected to show the maximum heights of a pair of turbines being considered by the business.

“The success of our crane workshops was to demonstrate our ideas in a meaningful way for our working community, neighbours and planning consultees,” announced Jason Ball, the manager responsible for alternative energy and biodiversity.

Range of opinion

“We are especially grateful to all 28 who participated in the community session. Unlike other local proposals, our ideas met with a very balanced range of opinion. Having listened to everyone we must now consider the feedback,” said Mr Ball.

“We can act constructively to satisfy the needs of horse riders, and we will continue to talk with planners and neighbours about other concerns, such as visual impact, the colour of the turbines, and so on, to solve as many issues as possible before an application. Staff resident at the farm will live and work closer to these windmills than anybody, so their opinions are perhaps also important.”

Good idea

Delegates – including Parish Council representatives and planning officers – praised Sheepdrove Organic Farm for their proactive consultation.

Clare Hardy at Newbury Weekly News reported a qoute from the Lambourn Parish Council chairman, Peter Iveson,”I think putting the cranes up was a good idea…”
“One of the cranes was visible on the skyline from Wantage Road in Lambourn, which could be a problem, but the views from all the other places we went to were OK.”

A member of Childrey Parish Council wrote in the Childrey and Sparsholt newsletter – “Great emphasis has been taken in restricting the impact on the landscape and ecology that wind energy installations would have, especially in view of the siting within an AONB.”

Mr Ball responds, “We are glad that our hard work since 2006 is appreciated. This includes independent landscape, archaeology, bat and bird reports to help us choose between many potential sites. We know of no other cranes days like ours – and we have not yet entered a Planning Application.”

“There’s nothing like seeing something in real life. We took stakeholders to view the locations from a range of viewpoints. Everyone who saw our cranes during the 2 days said they gained a better understanding of the scale and location of the two windmills we wish to install.”

Consultation

The business, which has won awards for its sustainable conference venue, foods and farming, is situated on open downland. Locations need to be chosen carefully to avoid harm to the landscape character of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The farm aims to make a positive proposal that will be seen as a good example of sustainable development suited to the landscape. The recent wind energy ideas follow a 2006 case study, and consultation with the local authorities since.

“We invite all opinion, positive or negative, at the farm’s blog. The farm will publish a report about the cranes workshop after being checked by independent monitors,” said Jason.

LINK: Please visit the blog’s Wind Energy pages

white horse hill view to watchfield


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