Windfarm support 'not unconditional'

Windfarm support 'not unconditional'

Windfarm support 'not unconditional'

First published in Environment

FRIENDS of the Earth says its support for a £3 billion wind farm due to be built off the Hampshire coast is “not unconditional”.

Executive director Andy Atkins said the group was awaiting results of an environmental impact study into plans to build 300 wind turbines nine miles from Barton-on-Sea.

He added: “On the current evidence I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t proceed, provided proper mitigation measures are put in place. The key thing is that local communities are given an input and that proper consideration is given to their views.”

Mr Atkins said: “It’s a myth that wind farms don’t generate much power. This one could produce enough energy to supply more than 800,000 homes.”

Mr Atkins was speaking at Taddiford Gap, where power generated by the Navitus Bay project will come ashore. A 35km underground cable will link the site with two sub-stations near West Moors and Three Legged Cross in Dorset.

Representatives from Eneco, the company behind the project, said they were consulting Natural England and other organisations.

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8:25am Wed 31 Oct 12

The Wickham Man says...

So Mr Atkins, it supplies "800,000 homes" when the wind is blowing perfectly... Otherwise........wha
t happens to the 800000 homes? What do they do? Sit in the dark and wait?
Care to tell us exactly how efficient windfarms have been over the last 12 months compared to their "up to" figures that you always quote? The answer is less than 10% and you can't predict when it will be so you have to keep other power stations running anyway.
So Mr Atkins, it supplies "800,000 homes" when the wind is blowing perfectly... Otherwise........wha t happens to the 800000 homes? What do they do? Sit in the dark and wait? Care to tell us exactly how efficient windfarms have been over the last 12 months compared to their "up to" figures that you always quote? The answer is less than 10% and you can't predict when it will be so you have to keep other power stations running anyway. The Wickham Man
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10:29am Wed 31 Oct 12

one in a million says...

better windfarms than houses on our greenfield land.
better windfarms than houses on our greenfield land. one in a million
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10:58am Wed 31 Oct 12

Richard 51 says...

Wind farms or a nuclear power station take your choice
Wind farms or a nuclear power station take your choice Richard 51
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11:37am Wed 31 Oct 12

The Wickham Man says...

Richard 51 wrote:
Wind farms or a nuclear power station take your choice
Nuclear Power station of course. They have provided one sixth of our electricity for 50 years and have caused not one iota of harm. Windmills on the other hand are killing wild birds every day including endangered species but the pinkygreens just keep quiet about that. Nuclear is clean, safe and reliable. One nuclear power station could replace all the windmills in the UK. Where is the problem.
[quote][p][bold]Richard 51[/bold] wrote: Wind farms or a nuclear power station take your choice[/p][/quote]Nuclear Power station of course. They have provided one sixth of our electricity for 50 years and have caused not one iota of harm. Windmills on the other hand are killing wild birds every day including endangered species but the pinkygreens just keep quiet about that. Nuclear is clean, safe and reliable. One nuclear power station could replace all the windmills in the UK. Where is the problem. The Wickham Man
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12:40am Thu 1 Nov 12

kingnotail says...

F*ck the NIMBYs and build the nuclear plants AND the windfarms.
F*ck the NIMBYs and build the nuclear plants AND the windfarms. kingnotail
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