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MP Demands Wind Farm Moratorium: Rigged & Pointless Noise Rules ‘Rotten to the Core’

The wind industry is what it is thanks to naïve, gullible and pliant politicians. But not every MP drank the Kool-Aid. One who didn’t is SA Best Member of the Legislative Council, Connie Bonaros.

South Australia is the place that set and met its very own ludicrous 50% Renewable Energy Target. For that it suffers the highest retail power prices in the world, mass load shedding and blackouts. This summer guarantees repeat performances of both, every time the sun sets and/or calm weather sets in. Portable generators will be the must have item come December.

Then there’s the destruction wreaked in South Australia’s rural communities, at places like Waterloo, Mt Bryan, Hallett and Jamestown.

Clearly concerned about her constituents, back in October Connie use the World Health Organization’s new noise Guidelines (which declare wind turbine noise a serious health risk) as a pretty solid platform to call for a total moratorium on new wind farms: Wind Turbine Time-Out: WHO’s Health Hazard Warning Prompts Demand for Immediate Wind Farm Moratorium

Connie is facing plenty of malign indifference from both Labor and Liberal MPs alike, but she isn’t about to quit.

Call to halt new wind farms in SA
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28 November 2018

SA-BEST MP Connie Bonaros has called for a moratorium on new wind farm developments in South Australia amid ongoing health concerns and impacts on local communities.

About 50 protesters took to the steps of parliament house in Adelaide on Wednesday to voice their own issues with wind farm developments which they say are being built too close to homes.

Of particular concern is a proposal for a wind farm at Crystal Brook, in the state’s mid-north, where French company Neoen wants to install 26 wind turbines that are 240 metres high, or nearly twice the height of the tallest building in Adelaide.

“Wind farms around the world, including many either being built or being proposed in SA, are getting ridiculous in size and generation capacity,” Mr Bonaros said.

“It is therefore imperative that they are located in areas that do not impact local communities and the people who live in those communities.”

Ms Bonaros urged the government to halt approval or construction of all new wind farms to allow for an independent and thorough review of their impacts.

“We must ensure that both operating and future wind farms in South Australia are not allowed to emit noise that causes sleep disturbance or otherwise harm human health,” she said.

“We also need to review legislation surrounding wind farm developments to ensure that SA residents are adequately protected from harm over the lifetime of each project.”

Gayle Manning, from Keyneton in the Adelaide Hills where a wind farm is set to be developed, said the size and capacity of wind turbines had increased dramatically but Environment Protection Authority studies and guidelines had not kept up.

“In order to ensure the safety of all people living close to wind farms, it is imperative that we better and fully understand their impacts,” she said.
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Over the last decade, the wind industry has ridden roughshod over the rights of law-abiding citizens to live peacefully in their very own homes. The battle that’s followed proves that the value of any right is determined by the beneficiaries’ determination to fight for it.

Giant industrial wind turbines deliver a cacophony of pulsing, practically incessant, low-frequency noise and infrasound. The effects of which have been held by an Australian Court to be a pathway to disease: Australian Court Finds Wind Turbine Noise Exposure a ‘Pathway to Disease’: Waubra Foundation Vindicated

While the results for people set upon by subsidy-soaked wind power outfits are a tragedy, the real tragedy is that those who are paid handsomely to protect them, not only ignore their plight, but side with the wind industry, protecting it from any attempt by their victims to regulate or control noise emissions from wind turbines.

In our timeline post – Three Decades of Wind Industry Deception: A Chronology of a Global Conspiracy of Silence and Subterfuge – we covered the fact that – from 1995 – the wind industry drew together a hand-picked team with a mission to write noise rules with absolutely no relevance to wind turbine noise; and, therefore, of no benefit to wind farm neighbours (with predictable and soul-destroying results).

In the war against the greatest economic and environmental fraud of all time, few individuals come close to South Australia’s Mary Morris.

STT readers will know how tough and persistent Mary Morris is from posts like this: A letter to the Environment Protection Authority, South Australia.

Mary’s knowledge of acoustics and understanding of how the wind industry rigged the so-called noise ‘guidelines’ in its favour with the aid of its pet acoustic consultants, is second to none. Here’s Mary being interviewed on ABC radio (bear in mind that Australia’s public broadcaster is wind cult central and its members would rather wash their mouths out with soap, than ever utter a harsh word about their beloveds). The podcast appears below with transcript following.

Wind farms
ABC
David Bevan and Mary Morris
29 November 2018

 

Transcript

David Bevan:  That’s Connie Bonaros from SA-BEST, and she wants a moratorium on these things. Before we move on though, Mary Morris is a spokesperson for the Hansborough and Districts Residents Group. Good morning, Mary.

Mary Morris: Good morning, David, and thanks for the opportunity.

David Bevan: You live around Twin Creek Wind Farm, is that right?

Mary Morris:  I’m halfway between Twin Creek and the operating Waterloo Wind Farm.

David Bevan: And that’s 90 kilometres northeast of Adelaide?

Mary Morris: Yeah, it’s actually right on the very northern rim of the Barossa Valley, like St. Kitts, Koonunga, Ebenezer, around there.

David Bevan: Mary, what impact do you say the wind farms have had?

Mary Morris: I think the main issue is the thumping noise disturbance. That means people can’t sleep, and that thumping noise is actually technically called amplitude modulation.

One thing that the World Health Organisation said in their new environmental guidelines was that standard method … And this is a quote, standard methods of measuring sound, most commonly A-weighting, may not capture the low-frequency sound and amplitude modulation.

What we want is the amplitude modulation and the low-frequency noise to be included in the South Australian guidelines.

David Bevan: Yeah.

Mary Morris: They’re not there. And when the guidelines were last reviewed, we got some documents under FOI and the EPA, or actually Dan van Holst Pellekaan got them. And from that, we can see that there’s a group of wind industry acousticians, who are steering the content of the EPA guidelines. They said care should be taken to ensure all fundamental characteristics are occluded from the potential application of a penalty, including modulation that may occur under stable atmospheric conditions.

David Bevan: What do you say to Andrew Bray, who …

Mary Morris: I say … Well, he raised a lot of issues

David Bevan: Because he says that pretty much the science is settled.

Mary Morris:  Well, that’s not what the WHO says. They said there needs more research to be done, and it says there are serious issues with noise exposure assessment relating to wind turbines on page 86, quote. Basically, what I say to Andrew Bray is people aren’t complaining to the Wind Farm Commissioner anymore. I’ve been involved with six of them with Waterloo. For each of those complaints, nothing has been resolved because his main role is to direct the complainants’ questions to the company, and then they get an answer back from them. We’re getting the same answers from the company as we were getting without going through him.

David Bevan:  Right.

Mary Morris:  So people have asked for noise monitoring inside their houses because of the thumping at four kilometres, and there’s no funds in his budget for doing noise monitoring.

David Bevan:  Well, that’s an interesting research being done at Flinders at the moment, isn’t there?

Mary Morris:  Yes.

David Bevan:  And they’re trying. My understanding is that they’re trying a different approach to trying to monitor ….

Mary Morris:  Yeah, because it’s subliminal. It’s what’s happening when you’re asleep. I’ve got a suggestion for you, David. Go down and have a go in their sleep lab, and see how you go.

David Bevan: Mary, thank you very much for your time.

Mary Morris: Thank you. Bye.

David Bevan: Mary Morris, who is a spokesperson for the Hansborough and Districts Residents Group.

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Hi,

it is interesting to note from the aparent PRESS RELEASE by those who stand to gain the most from this environmentally damaging, inefective & clearly resoundingly rejected concept that requires obscene amounts of subsidy considering the near total failure of Wind Turbines to produce a viable output of electricity to feature on the local or national grid reliably enough to permit the switch off of more sensible methods of production such as nuclear..

Be minded that there is no balance to the Forester’s article of the 21-Feb-2018 in that it merely published the statement of the ambitions of the profiting company with no apparent fact checking!

You will of course be minded that the Local Government Officers, trained in such matters and having researched the proposed planning application reported to the Council and strongly recommended against the application being granted leave to proceed.

In my opinion and having listened to the matter at the planning committee the Council acted in palpable ignorance of any relevant facts and in a clearly vexatious manner when you consider the overwhellming preponderance of objection to the application, both by the professional Officers of their own Council and of the facts pertaining to the application, not least of which was the overwhellming opposition to the scheme from the residents within sight and sound of the proposed monstrosity right on the bank of the River Severn, visible from miles around.

Seemingly the only individuals in favour were those drummed up from out of the area and either family, tenants or employees of the land ower who aimed to profit from the subsidies + any potential income!

It was also worthy of note that the landowner herself was in a position to influence the application being a newly elected Counciller who had moved within days of the election onto the Planning Committee. Having nevert mentioned her application during the election nor having shown any talent, expertise or experience in planning matters!

The decision to appeal the questionable decision of the planning committe to grant the application made in Moira Edwards’ name with the commercial support of Resiliance, was made by the residents of the area effected in the name of Peter Wright and supported in his aims by the clear majority of effected businesses and residents who life and lifestyle would clearly be damaged by the instalation, which would likely give rise to a loss of jobs in the area.

The Appeal Judge upheld the appeal application & the vexatious Council decision was overturned. It was overturned on the limited list of reasons Peter Wright’s barristers felt needed to be fielded. There were many sound reasons for rejection of the plan, though few sustainable reasons in its favour have ever been put forward by the applicants – leading one to believe the matter was mainly being progressed for the personal; profit of a few wealthy individuals!

The latest appeal was granted to Peter Wright by 3 Judges voting unanimously against the scheme. Once again Peter Wright’s barristers felt they had no need of the many other reasons against the plan as Resiliance had failed to field any compelling reason for the application beyond seemingly that of their own profit, from which they undertook to pay what seemed to be a bribe, by way of paying back some of the subsidies and a portion of any revenue AFTER they had taken they management fees!

The repayment was beiguillingly deemed to be a ‘Community Fund’ and their highly profitable (for them) scheme was mastery of aesopian English calling it a ‘Community Wind Turbine’.

Here is The Forester’s unchallenged and seemingly unchecked Press Release by the applicant Resiliance:

FORESTER 21-Feb-2018 01 re Supreme Court

It is interesting to have read the applicants documentation of their proposed appeal to the Supreme Court – The first point of interest is that Our Council has withdrawn its support for the appeal, on that note it is also worthy of note that the Tidenham Parish Council has opposed the installation on every occassion on which it has been put to them to vote.

Further it is interesting to note that the applicants nor their legal advisors have put forward any new evidence to be considerred and thus have no compelling case for the application to the Supreme Court, it would seem.

I also note they are still using the misleading language of these giant windturbines so very damaging in many ways are somehow ‘Community Wind Turbines’ when any bribe paid to the public would seem to be funded by the public’s own investment extorted from them under pretence of the efficacy of wind turbines as a power source which they are most questionably able to fullfill.

We should also note when wind turbines are installed there would seem to be no financial provission made for tyheir removal at the end of their subsidy generating life cycle, nor for the massive damage done by the immense concretye block on which they stand and seemingly no provission for the huge carbon footprint of both their manufacture nor their dismantling – indeed just how do the erectors plan to remove the huge reinforced concrete block and all the waste and dust and tons of steel? and at whose expense or is this where the ‘Community’ learn just how large was their involvement in the wind turbine as no doubt the original profiteers will be long gone!

May I also point out that it is my suspicion that once the requisite number of turbines are installed the installers will vote themselves a very lucrative maintenance & management contract with adequate let outs and then sell tyhe primary ownership to new owners with no legal responsibility to in any way contribute to the ‘Community’ they would seem to have so competently sold their scam to!

I for one see little or no merit in Wind Turbines either as a genuine and honourable investment nor as a solution to power generation whether green or any other fashionable colour!

Let us hope the Supreme Court has had the wisdom to see through the scam as increasingly politicians around the world have!

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as has been pointed out by one correspondent with the Forest of Dean Council – it would be questionably a sound investment for yet more tax payers’ money!

Dear Councillor ******,
I note in today’s The Forester newspaper reference to a possible investment in the
above scheme to be discussed at the full Council Meeting tomorrow.
As you may be aware I and a large number of local residents are currently involved
in fighting the similar proposed Wind Turbine at Tidenham being undertaken by the
Resilience Centre who also built the Alvington Court Turbine. So far both the High
Court and the Court of Appeal have found unanimously in our favour in quashing the Planning Consent. Our legal advisers believe in the face of these clear decisions, the likelihood of the Supreme Court allowing any further Appeal are very slim. Moreover the FODDC itself has now withdrawn its objections and is not supporting the appeal by the developers The Resilience Centre.
Whilst I have no objection to the Council’s strategy of diversifying its treasury
management policy to permit consideration of alternative investments such as
renewables, I do have very strong reservations about the Council investing in any
type of individual Wind Turbine scheme proposed by The Resilience Centre, such as
suggested by Councillor McFarling in the Forester article.
Some basic facts as set out below, may help you understand why :
1.  The Alvington Court scheme failed to find sufficient private investors in its initial
funding proposal in 2015/16 and had to resort to an expensive bridging loan for
some £600,000.
2.  In September 2017 the Resilience Centre sought to raise an additional £600,000
via a public offering to replace this bridging loan this Offer closed in December
2017.
3.  Clearly once again insufficient private investor interest was generated, which is
why FODDC has now been approached by the Resilience Centre.
4.  The Share offer document is attached for information and you will note that The
Resilience Centre will benefit financially to a material extent in the payment of
management fees etc. from the scheme (pages 16 – 17).
Moreover, as noted above in view of the ongoing legal discussions, I would
seriously question whether it is wise for the Council to consider investing into any
similar single wind turbine scheme (particularly one operated by the Resilience
Centre), at least until the Supreme Court has given its ruling on the Appeal which
was submitted only last month.
I hope that you will feel able to object to this suggestion accordingly.
Minded that it would seem that Resiliencehas been unable to sell the shares in their dubious investment over a two year period perhaps it would be apposite for the Council to consider the wisdom of making up any of the shortfall  that Resilience would seem to have, particularly as the Council in the current year has shown a shortfall of its own, by way of an overspend of some £115,000 in the matter of Planning and related legal fees, a high percentage of which is likely to have been as a result of failing to take the advice of their own Officers in the matter of granting planning for a wind turbine for Resilience against the wishes of the clear majority of the Council’s own effected rate payers!
Fortunately wiser heads have so far prevailed in two appeal Courts with 4 Judges unanimously voting/adjudging in favour of the effected rate payers!
In pure investment terms I must admit I incline to doubt the wisdom of investing in shares in a scheme, particularly other people’s, where the vendors have been unable to sell their shares – just what would the Council do when it wished to sell its shares which would likely to prove even less saleable than the owners have found them to be so far!
I do not pretend to legal training but if the shares could not be sold might it not be probable any apparent profit would rapidly turn to a considerable loss and furthermore might there not be a possibility of becoming liable for the very considerable costs of reinstating the damage the Wind Turbine had cased and reinstating the land it had ruined!

ALVINGTON FORESTER 21-Feb-2018 03

I incline to the belief that the more time passes the more people will realise that using wind as a source of power is seriously unreliable in Britain and the more this becomes apparent the less the income on the shares will be & the less will be the probability of selling ones shares – the entire concept of a ‘Community Fund’ of any substance in the long run sounds little more than an unsophisticated Ponsi scheme where it will last until the founder sells their stake in the scam and the new owners are not obliged to pay out one cent!

Individuals may of course gamble their own money but I would caution it is morally repugnant for a public body to gamble public money on a scheme where clearly the very foundations are suspect even by its style, such as the pretence of the description, a ‘Community Wind Farm or Wind Mill’, whatever the apparent bribes and incentives – or even a collective guilt at having become embroilled in a Ponzi Scheme!

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Brits Tear Down Lake District Wind Turbines to Restore Pristine Views: Locals Delighted

Among the wind cult, it’s apparently the ‘aesthetics’ of these things that titillate the senses and get their juices flowing: just knowing that they’re out there somewhere (in someone else’s backyard, not their own) gently caressing the breezes, is more than enough for starry-eyed wind worshippers.

Ignore the hundreds of $billions squandered on subsidies for a power generation system, abandoned centuries ago, for pretty obvious reasons; ignore the chaotic, occasional delivery of power which, but for those subsidies, has no commercial value because it can’t be delivered as and when power consumers want it; ignore rocketing retail power prices in places like Denmark, Germany and South Australia (all said to run on sunshine and/or breezes and all paying the highest power prices in the world); and ignore the millions of birds and bats, sliced, diced and belted to Kingdom Come each and every year.

True enough, the wind cult is simply hard-wired to ignore reality.

But, funnily enough, real environmentalists, as well as those forced to live cheek by jowl with these giant whirling wonders, tend not to feel so warm and fuzzy about them, after all. Instead, community defenders, across the globe, will do anything to prevent them destroying the rural environments in which people are bound to live.

The N-I-M-B-Y charge levelled by eco-zealots tends to ring hollow, against the fact that no matter how many of these things get speared across the countryside, there will always – absolutely A-L-W-A-Y-S – be a coal or gas (or in South Australia and the UK, diesel) generation plant somewhere in the system, online, chugging away, burning fuel (or ready to do so in an instant) just to keep the grid from collapsing, whenever wind power output collapses on a total and totally unpredictable basis. And much hyped mega-batteries will continue to be ludicrously expensive, vanity signalling projects, providing a minuscule amount of power, at the margins.

So far, so pointless.

While the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers still attempt the line that rural communities are falling over themselves to get in on some wind farm action, as usual, the spin and the reality are paddocks apart.

Around the world, rural communities continue to fight back hard against the great wind power fraud.

Wherever wind farms have appeared – or have been threatened – big numbers of locals take a set against theses things and those ready to spear them into their previously peaceful – and often idyllic – rural communities.

Their anger extends to the goons that lied their way to development approval – and the bent officials that rubber-stamped their applications and who, thereafter, help the operators ride roughshod over locals’ rights to live in and enjoy the peace and comfort of their own homes and properties (see our post here).

Apparently, instead of falling in love with the look of these things, the moment there’s an opportunity to get rid of them, communities can’t contain their riotous delight. Funny about that.

Britain Starts Dismantling Wind Farms After Successful Lake District Campaign
The Times
Ben Webster
8 December 2017

A dozen 140ft wind turbines on the edge of the Lake District are due to be dismantled next summer after a decision which could result in many more being removed to restore views.

The wind farm on Kirkby Moor on the Furness peninsula in Cumbria would be the first large one to be taken down since they began appearing around Britain in 1991.

South Lakeland district council refused an application by the wind farm operator to keep the turbines operating for another ten years until 2027.

Under the original planning permission, granted in 1992, the turbines have to be removed by August 26 next year.

The council’s decision follows a campaign by the Friends of the Lake District (FLD) and the Open Spaces Society (OSS), which argued that the turbines blighted views from within the Lake District National Park.

The distance to the park boundary from the nearest turbine is 800 metres. Laura Fiske, FLD planning officer, said the decision set a precedent which would make it easier to resist applications from other wind farm operators to extend the life of visually intrusive turbines for which planning permission will soon expire.

She said: “This decision is a victory for the local communities who live in the shadow of this development imposed on them by the government in the early 1990s. This decision reflects the tireless effort they have put in to make their voices heard.”

Kate Ashbrook, OSS general secretary, said: “We objected because the turbines are a severe intrusion in a wild landscape, highly visible from many directions and in particular from the Lake District national park.

“Furthermore, the turbines occupy a significant area of registered common land, where the public has the right to walk and commoners have the right to graze stock. The moor is also criss-crossed with public rights of way.

Now we need to make sure that every trace of the turbines is removed when the current consent expires next year, so that this magnificent common is restored to its former glory”.
The Times

To view the original of this article & much more information exposing the crass concept & environmental damage of Wind Turbines CLICK HERE.

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Hi,

consider the massive pollution caused in the manufacture of the tons of steel & cement, then consider the tons of pollution caused by transport of all this and the massive structure of the Wind Turbine itself and the miles of coppoer wire for the installation & windings of the generator – now consider the infrastructure of roads to service these useless & damaging monstrosities.

Many of the service roads are across & through wonderful open vistas and across ancient moorlands, forests and peat beds.

Then consider the costs and pollution that will be caused cutting up the tons of reinforced steel & concrete & transporting it to landfill sites when the technology becomes obsolete as did wind power in the past.

Just why would anyone be so stupid as to instal wind turbines were it not for the bribes, backhanders and opportunities for the wealthy to milk the subsidies paid by tax payers!

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Another Wonderful Whack of the Day comes from that special Constable, John, of the Global Warming Policy Foundation/Renewable Energy Foundation, in a letter to the Scottish Daily Mail.

His truncheon whacks the Scottish Government and Paul Wheelhouse into next week.

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Deaf to worries about these ugly, costly and noisy sites

By John Constable, Energy Editor, Global Warming Policy Forum

There is hardly a Munro left in Scotland from which you cannot see a wind farm. In recent years the landscape has been transformed by enormous turbines.

These structures are more than 100 metres (330ft) in height and when many are clustered together, they are highly visible even from great distances.

People who choose to live in the wild areas of rural Scotland do so for a reason: because they love it. Those who go walking in these places feel the same.

They find them beautiful, and they’re sensitive to the landscape and to visual intrusion. Many are upset by the large number of turbines that have been erected.

Wind farms have a huge impact on the local environment, and not only visually. From surprisingly far distances people can hear them and the noise they make is peculiar and intermittent – it wakes them up at night and they can’t get back to sleep. Wind farms do not make good neighbours.

They are often constructed in areas where there are no roads, meaning these have to be created, sometimes on peat.

This leads to real concerns over the balance of damage and benefit – the benefits of low emissions energy on the one hand, yet the damage to the local environment on the ground, and whether that is really justified.

Almost all of the UK’s wind farming is concentrated in Scotland, because the Scottish Government is not listening to the objections of the residents who have to live near these sites.

Because so much of the Scottish population is concentrated in urban areas, however good the environmental arguments made by local objectors are, there simply aren’t enough voices for the SNP in Edinburgh to care. The simple truth is that this is political statistics.

So it is perhaps not surprising that the Scottish Government’s new energy strategy is planning an expansion of the number of turbines.

The Government has accepted a lot of the spin coming out of the wind farm industry without being sufficiently sceptical. They’ve swallowed it all hook, line and sinker. Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse continues to say that onshore wind is the lowest-cost form of new generation energy, but this is simply not true.

Onshore wind is generally extremely expensive in comparison to electricity from conventional sources, particularly combined cycle gas turbines.

It is well known that the subsidy and system costs of existing wind farms put them well above the cost of other forms of energy. Subsidies in the UK for renewables in total now come to about £7billion per year.

You’re taking money – in other words, resources – from elsewhere in the economy and giving it to wind generators.

By redirecting resources towards the wind sector, you are suppressing activity in other parts.

So you may have created jobs in the wind sector but how many jobs have you destroyed in other fundamentally economic activities?

The costs for all forms of wind are high. The farms require more grid and special operations of the grid system to keep it balanced. These costs are not small.

When you add it all up, the total cost to the consumer of a unit from a wind farm is considerably higher than that from a conventional generator. So how is the Scottish Government going to pay for these new plans?

In the autumn Budget, the Chancellor said there would be no new subsidies for wind turbines – indeed all renewables – until 2025 at the earliest.

With new sites, wind farm operators will sometimes say they don’t require subsidies, but that remains to be seen.

This suggests to me, then, that the SNP is either hoping for a change in policy, or it is being deliberately vague in its ambitions. Does it believe any of this?

If all these turbines were to be built, the Government faces another problem: an enormous expansion of the grid to serve them. You need an awful lot of wire to get wind from the wind farms to the interconnectors that serve the grid.

As Scotland knows from the controversial Beauly to Denny power line, this is not an easy thing – it’s expensive and ugly – and someone has to pay for it.

A few people may well benefit from the further expansion of wind turbines in Scotland – land owners and wind farm operators, perhaps – but it is unlikely to be the Scottish people.

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Slump in electricity despite wind farms

  • Scottish Daily Mail
  • 22 Dec 2017
  • By Michael Blackley Scottish Political Editor

THE amount of electricity generated in Scotland slumped to a record low last year – partly because the weather was not right for wind farms.

Official figures show that though the number of wind turbines rocketed by nearly a fifth last year, they managed to produce less electricity than the year before.

Combined with the closure of Longannet power station, it meant total electricity production in Scotland fell to the lowest figure recorded.

Opponents said the statistics show that the SNP’s ‘obsession’ with onshore wind is ‘ill-conceived’.

An energy report published by the UK Government yesterday showed that the total amount of electricity produced north of the Border was lower last year than for more than a decade.

While the total capacity of wind turbines increased by 17 per cent, the amount of renewable energy generated slumped by nearly 11 per cent.

The UK Government’s energy trends report states: ‘Of Scotland’s generation in 2016, a record high of 43 per cent was from renewables, up from 42 per cent in 2015. This was mainly due to the large fall in coal generation following the closure of Longannet.

‘Absolute renewable generation decreased by 3.3 terawatt hours (TWh) in Scotland as a result of unfavourable weather conditions despite increasing capacity, a 17 per cent increase in wind capacity and a 23 per cent increase in solar capacity.’

The new figures show that the total amount of electricity generated by renewables fell from 21,759 gigawatt hours (GWh) in 2015 to 19,676 GWh in 2016. Wind, wave and solar generated 12,815 GWh last year, compared to 14,100 GWh in 2015.

Total electricity generated fell from 51,351 GWh to 45,845 GWh, which was lower than any of the previous 13 years.

Scottish Tory energy spokesman Alexander Burnett said: ‘This is an utterly ridiculous state of affairs.

‘We have plenty of wind, so this clearly suggests the SNP obsession with windfarms is ill-conceived.

‘Perhaps it’s time the SNP opened its mind to other sources like shale extraction.’

The Scottish Government this week published proposals for a mass expansion in the number of wind farms. Developments in the pipeline will already increase the number of turbines from 3,335 to 6,292.

The Scottish Government yesterday stated that output from renewables in the first three quarters of this year has been 19 per cent higher than the same period of 2016.

It also pointed out that renewables provided a record 42.9 per cent of Scotland’s total electricity generated in 2016.

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: ‘Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable electricity generation.

‘We will continue to support the renewable energy sector to grow further in Scotland.’

A spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: ‘Our diverse and flexible energy mix ensures that the UK’s electricity supplies remain secure, and as these statistics show, we generated more electricity in 2016 compared with 2015.’

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I do not believe it would be unreasonable to wonder if the degree of bias in this article might reflect the amount of advertising garnerted or hoped for from the prime subject of the article!

Clearly the Council was not only unwise but it has now been adjudgedlegally wrong to permit effective bribes by the applicant to influence their planning decision. It is worth noting that the subsidies for installing Wind Turbines are paid by tax payers and also from a levy on fuel bills – thus the claims of community benefit were in fact effectively being paid by the community to the community! Some bribe.

Effectively the the Courts have with consistency sided with the wishes of the clear majority of those effected by this application where it has been cleartly shown that the local community have been opposed to the immense & damaging instalation, despite our own Council made the vexatious decision to oppose the rate payers!

You will note that there is no balanced claim in the article showing just how incredibly environmentally damaging Wind Turbines are and just how unreliable and ridiculous the pretence they are beneficial is – nor how ineffective a source of energy they are and the irrefutable fact that the CO2 output in their manufacture is almost impossible for them to make compensation for in their working life.

It is worthy of note that the government has advocated that no further on land applications are considered – primarily of course because they are neither fit for purpose nor cost effective and are undeniably hugely ecologically damaging!

The lies presented by scoundrels seeking personal gain from these monstrosities are quite staggering, just as with the manner in which effective bribes are offered so that applicants can tap the system for these money spinning subsidies.

Forest of Dean wind turbine storm continues

By George Henderson in Planning

BLOODIED but unbowed – the group fighting to build a giant wind turbine in Tidenham were picking themselves up from the wreckage of an unfavourable court judgment this week.

The Woolaston-based Resilience Centre which operates community turbines at St Briavels and Alvington, has been fighting against a court judgment in 2016 which quashed planning permission for a third turbine in Tidenham.

And this week, the Court of Appeal upheld the previous judgment that the planning permission granted by Forest of Dean District Council was unlawful because it took into account the scheme’s financial donations to the community.

The donations – promised by the Resilience Centre to total between £500,000 – £1,100,000 – were to be administered through a Community Benefit Society formed under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.

The council accepted that the donations had been taken into account in granting the permission.

The question for the Court was whether that approach was lawful.

This week Lord Justice McFarlane, Lord Justice Davis and Lord Justice Hikinbottom handed down their judgment which upheld the decision of the previous hearing.

But Sue Clarke, who heads the Resilience Centre, said the group still has a number of legal options to consider before it concedes defeat.

“Obviously we and the community were all very disappointed by the court’s decision,” she said.

“But there is a possibility of further action with a number of options open to us.”

The judges’ decision boiled down to their ruling that the financial benefit to the community should not have been regarded as ‘material’ to the granting of planning permission.

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