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Saturday, 23 June 2012

Scotland sends out open invitation to wind companies

Wind power: There are currently about 3,500 onshore wind turbines already constructed in Britain. However, there are plans to increase this number to nearer 10,000. The more appropriate sites for these wind farms have already been used up and the search is on for more sites, which obviously are going to be less acceptable to people who live close by.

English counties are coming to the realisation that enough is enough, and two Scottish councils have already called for a six-month moratorium on wind-farm applications in response to the number of “inappropriate” bids.

This is a problem for the Scottish Government, as they have nailed their colours to the mast, stating that they want renewables to account for 100% equivalent of energy supply. So, Fergus Ewing, the Energy Minister, has ordered councils to identify more land where turbines can be built.

This is rather like the IRA man asking his victim to choose his left or right kneecap. It’s an open invitation to wind companies the world over to come and industrialise Scottish wild land

Full details HERE

20 comments:

  1. It is indeed a desperate situation here in Scotland, Alan, with all parties at Holyrood now supporting this madness.
    There is talk of yon Posh Chancellor of yours reducing the value of ROCs, but the Dear Leader will, of course, just use this as another example of Westminster interference, and it will probably get a few more votes in The Referendum !
    And me aff the bevvy,too !!!

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    1. Things won't change until people understand what it is that they are losing and at what financial cost.

      I am constantly depressed at the complete ignorance of the general population when it comes to the economics and actual green credentials of wind.

      But then, they are fed so much misinformation and downright lies all the time that it is not surprising.

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  2. Life isn't all rosy in the world of wind, as Vestas dire financial plight will testify. Interesting quote from this story

    A Vestas spokesman said the factory was conditional on concrete orders, which had not been received.

    "We want a good pipeline of orders before we advance further and we do not have that at this point in time," the spokesman said


    The rate of growth in wind power in the England and Wales is abating, and the UK government's commitment to maintaining a high level of subsidy is far less certain than it was ... except in Scotland of course.

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    1. The Chinese turbine manufacturers have been cutting the arse out of the price of turbines in the last few years and Vestas has been struggling. If you remember they shut down their factory on the Isle of white a few years back too.
      :-)

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  3. Apparently my local MSP is going to write to me in response to the MCofS manifesto link I sent his way. I am quite ignorant to politics but this isn't about politics, this is about protecting our lands. I will let you know what he says, he's Labour. I don't know what difference that will make??

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    1. Well done Davy. It will be interesting to see if he has anything to say to encourage.

      The left wing parties seem to have swallowed the "green" credentials of wind powers even more so than the SNP up in Scotland.

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  4. It is the Government who is driving this with their demands for renewable energy.

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    1. Indeed. It is they who we trust with all out tax receipts and they seem to be giving it all to foreign wind businesses.

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  5. Several politicians have been assassinated over the years for lesser crimes.
    Where is a good sniper when you need one?

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    1. Take one down and another will pop up with just as daft an agenda. They all seem to be as bad as each other, apart from those 100 or so Tory MP's who rebelled over wind subsidies.

      :-)

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    2. Depressing, but hardly surprising that Salmond et al are doing all they can to attract these parasitic wind companies. They've moved up a gear with this announcement.

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    3. In years to come, our grandchildren will look back at this and wonder why no-one opposed this madness.

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  6. The extraordinary thing is that Holyrood set up an enquiry into the economics of wind energy. Critics have pointed out it is a bit daft to do it now, when we're already so heavily committed. It's clear it's a window-dressing exercise. But the point is: they didn't even wait for the outcome of the enquiry and are now going ahead bullying local councils into submission!

    Obviously, the wind companies are frustrated that local councillors are turning down applications (they're used to Holyrood rubber stamping *all* their applications!).

    And here's another galling aspect: one of the submissions at the enquiry pointed out the well-known studies done by John Dabiri in California. For years we've known there were better wind turbine designs around. Dabiri's prototypes are ten meter high, clustered together very closely, and they are not the dreadful propeller model.

    Upshot is: exponentially lower footprint, minuscule proportion of concrete needed for the foundations, far fewer and far smaller access tracks needed, and a smaller footprint overall (according to the submission, the Whitelee wind farm could provide the equivalent of a conventional power station.

    Suppose wind energy *is* the answer to our energy problems. Then, we could prolong the life of existing nuclear plants by another 10/20 years (perfectly feasible) while we develop better wind technology.

    Instead, Salmond & Co are rushing to buy German/Danish obsolete technology. I've said it before: it is no coincidence that the impetus towards wind was propelled (!) by European legislation largely pushed through by Germany at the European Commission level.

    Some details about the alternative turbine design:

    http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_EconomyEnergyandTourismCommittee/Inquiries/Trewavas_Prof_Tony.pdf

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14452133

    The incredible thing is that the usual suspects are so hell bent on promoting the worst possible kind of wind turbine designs. They are not really interested in the environment, of course. They are just sanctimonious little pricks, hypocritical in the extreme. The only thing that will satisfy them is the complete destruction of our hills. Nothing less than that will satisfy them.

    Here's what one of those pricks looks like:

    http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/wind-turbines-a-waste-of-space-says-mep-1-1956935

    You can see the smugness oozing out of this guy. That's why we're losing our hills.

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    1. Absolutely spot on Andy.
      It brings me back to snipers.
      Someone needs to cull a few of the smug little shits.
      I am lucky, I have seen the hills.
      My children and grandchildren will never know what true wilderness looks like.

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    2. I am always amazed the outfits like Greenpeace, WWF and FoE can possibly support turbines. But then, when you see the calibre of the people representing their organisations like Stan Blackley (who is a rude, arrogant oaf) it's not surprising.
      Stan Blackley actually celebrated the fact (on twitter) that when Trump was invited to Holyrood he bashed the Donald over the head with a balloon to ruffle his hair. That's the level of his argument. He is an appalling little tosser.
      He was photographed doing this and it was published in the Daily Mail.

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    3. When FoE were asked about all those dying in China in the manufacture of rare earth magnets, we were told that more people died in the Cultural Revolution so it was a price worth paying.

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    4. That sounds typically FoE. Interesting that Stan Blackley has left to get his snout into a bigger trough...

      I don't suppose you have a link for that FoE quote, do you? I would like to get my hands on that.

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  7. I know you've got other things on your mind right now, Alan, and I hope this won't send your blood pressure through the roof, but in case you haven't seen it:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/9490886/SNP-proposes-wind-farm-propaganda-for-the-classroom.html

    Something the propaganda is hiding is the recent draft ruling by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe that both the EU and the Scottish Government have acted and are acting unlawfully with respect to their wind energy policy.

    The draft ruling (applying to Ireland's case, but it's no different for Scotland) is here (Word document download):

    http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/pp/compliance/C2010-54/Correspondence%20with%20Party%20concerned/C-54_EU_Draft_Findings29Apr12.doc

    Communities Against Turbines in Scotland has now filed a complaint along the same lines. The EU Commission will of course whitewash the whole thing (they always behave as if they're above the law anyway) but at least it'll give them some awkward moments.

    If only investigative journalism was still alive and kicking in this country... I can see the movie 'All the First Minister's Men'...

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  8. I think that you will like this publication as it addresses the issue of turbines in the Inverness Ring of Steel and also a separate article refers to the Aarhus Convention. Mind you also enshrined in EU and therefore in UK law is the precautionary principle. Something pretty well ignored especially in regard to infrasound and vibro-acoustic illnesses. http://www.swlg.org.uk/uploads/6/3/3/8/6338077/wln82_web.pdf

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    1. An excellent publication, John - I quoted from it in my most recent post.

      It's interesting that the Aarhus Convention has been used successfully fighting a wind farm.

      Thank you.

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