Following our previous report on the proposed wind farm, we have received the following communication on some of the points raised, which we are pleased to reproduce in full.

For reference, our previous article is HERE.

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    From EDF Energy Renewables

  • EDF ER is particularly keen to engage with the local community and provide further information regarding the wind farm proposal. We have offered to meet the Town Council and also local Parish Councils to discuss our proposals and we look forward to meeting in due course. We are currently organising our public exhibitions which are to be held on 4th and 5th July and will publish further details regarding these in the near future.
    The exhibitions will include project details and also a 3D visualisation model to enable the local community to understand the impacts of the wind farm proposal.
    There will also be EDF ER staff on hand to answer any questions and discuss any concerns that may be raised.
  • The wind farm would need to connect to the local electricity grid network. Initial feasibility that has been carried out indicates there are a number of potential connections points although no approach has been made to the local grid operator. At the present moment in time EDF ER is considering undergrounding any electricity export cables from the wind farm site to the grid network.
  • EDF ER understands that wind farm proposals can cause uncertainty and concerns among the local community. We seek through our development proposals to balance any local impacts against the need to generate renewable energy and take very seriously the views and comments of the local community. The project is in its very early stages and there is a significant amount of further work that needs to be carried out before a planning application is submitted.
  • EDF is committed to developing low carbon energy sources and believe that onshore wind farms play an important role in combating climate change. The EDF group in the UK generate electricity from a wide range of sources including onshore wind farms.

I’d be happy to provide any further details you may require and would be grateful if you could include this information on your website ASAP.

Regards
Ian Watson
On behalf of EDF Energy Renewables

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What are your thoughts? Comments are encouraged below

Comments (3)

  • Keith Watts

    “considering undergrounding any electricity export cables” is not a commitment. The cabling (particularly if on pylons) needs to be included in the plan before the Environmental Impact Assessment can be scoped. I wrote this in my comments to BDBC.

  • Philip Geddes

    It seems to me that we don’t live in a windy enough location to make it worthwhile without massive subsidy.
    I will be very interested to see what proportion of the time they expect to be generating electricity.
    The experience in other parts of the country is not good.

  • climo

    Wind turbines are the only mature green technology we have apart from hydro so if we are going to move to a lower carbon economy they’re the way forward. Wind and nuclear with a bit of fossil thrown in.

    With subsidy wind power is roughly the same price as fossil but the subsidy is large. My feeling is that subsidies for any new tech industry are common within the wider economy and particularly common in the energy industry (nuclear was and still is subsidised), so I’m not too concerned. However the change to a lower carbon electricity source comes with a price tag which will make the consumer wince but when the infrastructure is put in the cost of power should remain constant – unlike imported gas.

    The new report ‘The case for and against onshore wind energy in the UK’ by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change says grid parity price would be achieved by 2016 but I kinda doubt that.
    However what is true is that wind power tech will create many jobs here in the UK and provide 20-30% of UK power by 2030 thus reducing our reliance on imported fossil fuels and therefore we’ll not be totally at the mercy of unstable countries.

    The real problem is that in addition to the present 3500 wind turbines, tens of thousands more will have to be built and new cables laid to feed into the grid and a lot of people really won’t like that at all. With 100 tory MP’s protesting to Cameron the other week that their constituents don’t want any turbines we’ll see a huge rise in NIMBY’s. It’s good to see that Whitchurch is not full of nimby’s. How long that will last when we see the huge extent of the windfarm is the real question.
    You only have see the extent of the (right wing) sceptics in the US to see that convincing people is a real uphill job. Look up the Heartland Institute to view the right wing sceptic political arm. Read WUWT to see a sceptics version of the BNP.

    Anthropogenic climate change is the most important threat to our world humans have ever seen. It’s coming and we have no choice in the matter. It’s unlikely that green energy and lifestyle changes will reverse the coming ravages of anthropogenic climate change but we may be able to slow the rate of change. Not to try to do so would be criminal.

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