“Estimates show there’s more than enough renewables developments either up and running or in the pipeline to potentially meet the 10 per cent goal.” (10% electricity from renewable sources by 2010)

The Government’s latest statement in the Independant gives an optimistic outlook for meeting our renewable energy targets. James Vaccaro from Triodos says that there are not the resources in the UK energy market to build massive wind farms and that a series of small wind farms (10MW) are needed.

I am not sure what James Vaccaro means by a lack of resources. I believe we need varying size wind farm sites from small to large in all different parts of the UK partly, because there are not enough big wind farm sites and also smaller wind farms closer to their demanding consumers will be greener and more sustainable if there are good wind speeds.

What do other people think is best – large wind farms focussed in areas of high wind speed or not as efficient wind farms located closer to points of demand – wind farm cities in Scotland or wind farm hamlets across the UK?

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5 Responses

  1. Andy Mindel

    September 13th, 2008

    The choice is out of our hands, with so much of the land already gone, are large wind farms still even possible?

  2. Vicky Portwain

    September 13th, 2008

    Large wind farms may be possible again in the longer term but in order to facilitate this, expensive grid infrastructure to carry the power south is needed and where is the money going to come from?

  3. Terry Portwain

    October 16th, 2008

    The problem with having a lot of small farms is getting all the relevant consents through the various planning authorities and past all the Nimby’s this country breeds.

  4. MIke Hooper

    October 16th, 2008

    The real problem here is about changing peoples mindset with regard to renewable energy in general, both the nimbys and the local planning authorities. So far its just tokenism – like the building mounted wind turbines that you see in cities on new completed development – that just sit there never turning because they havent been placed correctly in terms of wind flow.

    The best way forward must be large windfarms, but without gov. financial committment throught the provision of strategic infrastructure, it wont happen.

  5. Vicky Portwain

    October 17th, 2008

    Wind farms are being constructed all over the UK now, mainly driven by government support through the “renewables obligation”. The “renewables obligation” is a statutory instrument used to incentivise electricity suppliers like npower to produce electricity from renewable sources. The risk is that when the Tories get into power they take this away or reduce support for onshore wind turbines and efforts come to a halt. I will write my next post on the renewables obligation. Keep watching this space…..

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