I am writing in response to the recent article (EM 30 June 2012) on Cllr Janette Jenkinson’s call for special training for councillors in order that they may deal more effectively with the huge increase in wind turbine applications.
My advice to councillors would be “oppose oppose oppose”. Wind turbines are a politically driven “quick-fix” for which is there is scant evidence to support their alleged green credentials. Wind energy is unreliable, inefficient and unstorable. Furthermore it is uneconomic without subsidy. Even single installations for farmers qualify for payments from the 15% renewables premium included in everybody’s bills and the maths is simple. For every 5p of electricity they generate they get roughly 10p back in subsidy. They are damaging to the greater environment, the habitats of wildlife, tourism and the health and safety of residents.
In Scotland, wind turbines may not be sited within 500m of residents. In England there is no such separation requirement. In theory it could be at the foot of your garden. The government have indicated that subsidies for wind farms may be phased out and, in a move which clearly signals that they have been found out, wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has dropped plans to build a factory in Scotland.
The decision making progress, as the Councillor will know, is rigged in favour of the renewables industry for if residents oppose, town and parish councillors oppose and even regional councillors oppose then an appeal may be lodged. The man from the ministry may then throw out the local objection, which he usually does, and nod the application through.
The tragic legacy of this disproportionate investment in wind power is that research and engineering effort has been diverted from other important future sources of energy, including other renewables, such as shale gas, thorium nuclear, tidal and hydro-electric power.
I predict today that in eight years time, when the subsidy dries up and turbines start grinding to a halt across Cumbria, we will be left with a legacy of ugly, rusting hulks across our landscape which will ultimately have to be removed with taxpayer money. I call upon politicians of all colours to develop some foresight and save our children this cost.[/b]
Cumbria County Chairman
UK Independence Party
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