Friday, 30 September 2011
A Wind Storm Is Brewing
Most of us interested in the renewable energy business are aware it doesn't come cheap. In fact renewable energy is expensive, very expensive here in Scotland.
Windfarms here pay £21.58 per kilowatt hour to put electricity on the grid, while a farm near London would receive a £6.90 per hour subsidy. Ofgem have investigated this alleged discrepancy and the reponse was - in a nutshell - 'tough'.
Near here there is a small community who have a few windmills set on a local hillside. They've been there for a few years since the people were bated by the promise of subsidies, yet only now are the same people questioning the real impact of these massive structures which dominate their beautiful countryside. 'They only last 20 years at most. Who will remove them when their lifespan is finished?' Just one question which should have been considered before assent was given. But windfarm developers are clever, they know the law inside out and they see the Scottish government's enthusiasm as a wonderful short-term opportunity to fill their coffers.
Many aren't happy with the present destruction of the Scottish countryside but fortunately a few from the south-west border area have decided to protest and in style.
They're holding a wind turbine conference on the 11 November at the prestigious Ayr racecourse (parking available). It's only £26 a ticket, which should include eats and treats, so it should be a very interesting day out. Unlike many of these conferences this one is open to all. At present I'm unable to commit to attending but I do hope nearer the date I'll be able to be there to listen to the great and good preaching the benefits of wind power against those who have a much more practical and sensible view.