Ed Miliband – Question 5

Q:

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In the South West in particular, many CPRE members are concerned about the impact on the landscape of the number of onshore wind turbines being built. What limits are there to the contribution of onshore wind power to meeting the nation’s renewable energy targets, and what is the likely balance between the contribution of offshore and onshore wind to these targets?

A:

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Our consultation on the renewable energy strategy last year estimated that the contribution from onshore wind might be 14 per cent of our total renewable energy, and the contribution from offshore wind might be 19 per cent. Of course, the exact share is hard to predict.

We’ll be publishing our Renewable Energy Strategy this summer, which will set out our latest estimates.

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7 responses

  1. Dr Phillip Bratby

    Vast areas of the countryside are totally unsuited to industrialisation by massive wind turbines grouped into wind farms. They either ruin the landscape or ruin residents lives due to the noise and visual impact of massive rotating machinery, the likes of which have never been seen before. They are also potentially very dangerous unless kept well away from roads, paths and dwellings. If the plans go ahead, the countryside will be completely ruined.

    What does this government have against the countryside? If they are so marvellous, build them in cities where people seem to think they are pretty.

    7 July, 2009 at 8:08 pm

  2. Yet another application in Co Durham

    SPAG was established in early 2008 by seven local Parish Councils in order to minimise the impact of successive Wind Turbine developments in their immediate area. They are hoping to work towards preventing the countryside being blighted by the overbearing clutter of many wind farms sited too close together?
    Is this too much to ask?

    They already have wind farms in the area and are threatened with several more,in spite of problems with even the most recent technology. Fact not fiction.

    They have the support of their local MP who raised a question in the House earlier this month

    ‘Does my hon. Friend agree that, while we all know the importance of making people aware of climate change, it is equally important to take people with us in solving the problem, rather than swamping them with wind farms?’

    Posted as a community member

    20 July, 2009 at 9:58 pm

  3. Will Symonds

    Ed Miliband I am afraid has already decided that they will indeed build windfarms wherever they can. Luckily the Labour party is finished for now and has no more than a few months left. The English countryside is a precious and beautiful place. We have plenty of other more effective ways of generating renewable energy. Low scale hydro electric can be used to power many homes. I do not agree that reducing carbon emissions means that we have to ruin our countryside. Anyone who thinks that sticking up huge windfarms everywhere is suffering from a sad lack of imagination. I do however feel that they can work in some areas and offshore they are less intrusive and more appropriate.

    2 August, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    • Andrew Harries

      I agree wholehaertedly with W. Symonds comments

      3 August, 2009 at 4:30 pm

  4. Kate Smith

    Where I’ve seen wind turbines in my own bit of the country (Lincolnshire) and offshore on the Isle of Sheppey, I’ve been struck by their beauty in the landscape. They are also absolutely essential, and I’m hugely cheered that you are behind them.

    Ignore the NIMBYs on this subject – they do huge damage to the climate, their credibility and their own charity.

    5 August, 2009 at 4:31 pm

  5. I have left a comment in detail for question two as I am mad at Ed for being so rude and thoughtless, just as I am with John Prescott for his recent comments. I too live in County Durham, not in the SPAG area but on a high ridge that looks across to the Yorkshire Dales, up into Teesdale and back across towards Durham City. If the turbines arrive in my tiny medieval farming village, it will be the start of the march of the turbines up into an amazingly beautiful part of the country. Having done a great deal of (balanced) research, I am convinved that turbines on land are not the solution to global warming they are cracked up to be. They will absorb huge amounts of our limited money that could be put towards more sensible technologies. And we will be left with a once-beautiful, landscape covered in white elephants.

    The turbines to be built behind my village will be the height of a forty storey block of flats. They are totally out of place here. They will destroy for the rest of my life the ‘sense of place’ that makes my village so special. Although I am deeply concerned about my quality of life, I am much more concerned that we are destroying that which we are trying to preserve in the name of protecting it.

    Remember, man cannot live by bread alone. If you are concerned like I am, contact Ed Miliband and get everyone you can to do the same. Ask for a meeting to put our concerns directly to him. It is our job to make THEM listen if we really care.

    29 August, 2009 at 8:13 am

  6. Jon Roche

    Having read all the negative comments about wind turbines & considered them (for what they are worth).

    To all the neg heads: A vote against wind turbines is a vote FOR NUCLEAR power! Remember the affect Chernobyl had & still does have on UK Farming and World wide contamination! Look at the size of nuclear power station & consider the “Visual impact”, legacy & dangers.
    Coal Fired Power, Do you want to go down the mines? Opening up old mines costs a fortune and for what? ACID RAIN or have you forgot about that?
    Foreign Power via a “smart grid”, they have all the pollution emissions, we get the fallout & they can HOLD us to RANSOM over prices!And we get more 200m high pylons.
    Hydro Power, lets start flooding the valleys for a few Megawatts. Visual, personal impact & landscape impact. “Small scale hydro”, your in dream land! You need a massive head of water not a river!
    Shale Gas (Fracking), proven to start minor earth tremors, damages the very foundations of the country!
    Off Shore Energy, Yes turbine can go there. But turbines will require cleaning from salt deposits on the blades (tests are already being done to do this work) after only a few years to avoid blade balance issues.
    Put them in the Cities, And your a Doctor? A Doctor of What? Because you clearly have no understanding of physics, geography or the environment.

    You all need to look at the broader picture. It is not possible to roll out wind turbines everywhere, National Grid, National parks and other factors mean turbines are restricted. Most of the modern surface countryside is shaped by man, not by natural means . I live in an area called “Trawden Forest”, where have all the trees gone? I am surrounded by a SSSi, it is a criminal offence to even walk upon it! And what is it? A moorland landscape, once full of trees cut down by man.

    You must accept that 20,30 or even 100yrs is nothing in the life of the Earth, so why whinge about a 20,30,50yr turbine?

    Consider the options above, take off your silly blinkers and grow up! The countryside is an “industrial” landscape shaped by man, nature can destroy it even faster than man can shape it. Horses and nature get used to new things like airports, roads, factories towns, cities and WIND TURBINES!

    How soon you forget the recent past and shun a new version of old technology! By the way, also consider the spin off jobs and contribution to the economy. Or are all so rich you don’t care?

    18 July, 2012 at 7:15 pm

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