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Are wind farms an eyesore or do they blow you away?

Plans are afoot to build another wind farm on Thornton Moor – old home of the Brontë sisters. Opinion is divided: although some are in favour of wind farms, others think they will damage the landscape and impact on tourism.

Personally, I am all in favour of wind turbines as I think they are really important.

The UK has 40% of Europe’s entire wind resource and plenty of coastlines for offshore wind, so we should make the most of it.

It’s easy to be against wind farms unless you have considered all the alternative options.

We need new power

Yes, wind turbines are visible in our landscape and we need quite a few of them to produce the same amount of energy as a traditional power plant, but what if we don’t build any? We would have to keep relying on imported energy as well as building new power stations.

Of course, we can upgrade existing power plants but we are likely to need new ones too, and nuclear power plants are seen as a low carbon alternative. How would people react if the go-ahead was given for a nuclear power plant near their home?

With its great wind capacity, the UK already has 339 wind farms in operation, generating over 6,000 megawatts of electricity. That’s enough to power more than 3.6 million homes. And there are a further 50 wind farms under construction and 272 other projects that have been given the go-ahead.

Wind farms – an eyesore?

But some people don’t like wind farms. They object by saying that they’re an eyesore, can impact on tourism, are noisy and can kill birds. But for me, when I see a wind turbine, I don’t see ugliness – I think of clean technology, innovation, modernism and sustainability.

I also find wind farms reassuring, because I know this is electricity we are producing here in the UK, simply from the power of wind. The energy we produce doesn’t depend on anyone else, on importing any gas or coal and it should provide us with energy security and shield us from rising oil prices in the future.

And while it might cost us all a bit more on our energy bills now, I believe it’s important to take a long-sighted view and see the benefits for the future, especially if oil prices keep rising as they have in the last few years.

Do you think we should be planning more wind farms in the UK? Or should we look to other forms of energy to see us through to the future?

Do you like wind farms?

No - I think they're awful (48%, 487 Votes)

Yes - I think they're a great idea (40%, 399 Votes)

I kind of like them, but not in my back yard (9%, 90 Votes)

I'm not sure yet (3%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,009

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hummingbird99 says:
21 June 2012

Jaz
Your posting says it all and I feel very sorry for you and everyone living nearby. I think people (particularly in the south) have just no idea of the scale of all this – they think that the odd turbine is OK and judge everything by that.
I wish you the best of luck with it all. I know one day all this will come to light – except there will be no one around to sue for compensation because they will all have gone bust. When can we sue DECC and the government for all this? It is an utter disgrace.
CUT THOSE SUBSIDIES GEORGE OSBORNE AND DO IT QUICKLY…….
Wind companies are the lowest of the low. I have heard people say that when they speak to them they know wind energy is useless and that they are only in it for the money. How do they sleep at night? Certainly not near any wind farm.
Good luck and thank you for fighting this on behalf of us all.

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Jaz says:
22 June 2012

@humingbird99: Thanks for the kind words of support. What’s happening in my area is also happening across the region of Fife, it has got so bad that the local authority have stated at the Scottish Government inquiry into renewables, that since the subsidies were introduced they have been overwhelmed with wind turbine applications. Luckily, the local authority and councillors are starting to wake up to the land grab cash bonanza that is going on, and they are trying to call for a moratorium.

An area that is getting hit even worse than the Fife area is Aberdeenshire, you can view a map of all the applications, constructions and active turbines at: http://www.cawt.co.uk/index.php

You are right what you say about the developers knowing wind energy is useless, whenever I’ve asked about the subsidies, they usually just grin/smirk and then try to downplay the subsidies, but their reaction say’s it all.

Thank you as well for highlighting all the issues, it’s good to see quite a few people in these comments that actually know the facts of wind energy and prepared to speak out against wind farms, and not follow the wind energy greenwashing 😉

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hummingbird99 says:
22 June 2012

Jaz
Scotland will be devastated by all this. What a crime. Alex Salmond is on another planet and clearly has no idea of basic physics.
I note recently that Chris Heaton-Harris MP for Daventry is asking questions in Parliament about who will be responsible for decommissioning of these useless items http://www.theyworkforyou.com/search/?s=speaker%3A24841+section:wrans&o=d
This is of such great importance as wind developers must be held accountable for getting rid of them when they are proven to be so useless and the subsidies have gone. They are, of course, as I am sure you know, completely unbiodegradable.
Also http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/9338939/Global-warming-second-thoughts-of-an-environmentalist.html# is amazing – Fritz Vahrenholt (mentioned in previous post) is doing a u-turn! Once this all starts and people finally wake up to the scam of wind farms no one will want to “run” them. They will be dumped like all the ones in the States and no one will take responsibility for disposal.

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David Ramsbotham says:
22 June 2012

It’s a long shot but please get everyone you know [and they know etc.] to sign the petition at
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22958
Also add to all your e-mails
Do you want the Government to have a serious debate on wind energy? If so, please sign up to
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22958
Please get your friends to sign up too.

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hummingbird99 says:
22 June 2012

Wavechange
“Here we go again, choosing information that suits your cause. Why not give consideration to the environmental and human impacts of continued use of fossil fuels?”
But this is exactly what you do!!!!!
I am sorry with all the evidence presented during this discussion you do not seem to comprehend that covering the UK with wind farms will do absolutely nothing to reduce our use of fossil fuels so any further discussion is indeed futile.
Jaz, for me anyway, gave a heartwrenching account of what she and her community (and many more like them) are going through right now, battling immoral wind farm developers and councils who do not care about their residents. For your information, you should check out RSPB who are in cahoots with the wind industry and do little to protect ordinary birds from turbines – Natural England is a government body, following government guidelines. For another view check out http://savetheeaglesinternational.org but of course you will say I am just using websites etc to highlight my particular view. But the point is all you could really reply to Jaz was – it’s not as bad as it may seem – really?
So, I really do think all discussion with you is utterly pointless.

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FINSBURYPARKER says:
22 June 2012

Replying to Hummingbird 99.

Hi there,

You didn’t heed my previous warning.

Regards.

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FINSBURYPARKER says:
22 June 2012

Hi Hummingbird,

I’ve just has notification that ‘Wavechanger’ is going on holiday, taking a PC with her!

Perhaps you might like to inform her of that device on sale from ‘Gizoo’ that clips to your push bike to enable you to re-charge you laptop batteries as you pedal!
You really do get some clever devices on that site!

Regards,

Finsburyparker.

Guest

Steady on, my username is wavechange and I have both X and Y chromosomes. 🙂

My iPad might not need charging but rest assured that I won’t need to rely on a push bike if it does. Sadly I don’t have room for even a small wind turbine to power it.