Jun 03 2011

Farmers support turbines in UK

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   In Ormskirk, a small town in West Lancashire, England, farmers are hopeful that a decision will increase the number of wind turbines being installed on “Green Belt land.”  James Woods, a local, had his appeal allowed last week, approving a 15 m turbine at by the planning inspectorate. 
   According to the article, many on the council encourage prospects for renewable energy but the process is “long, costly, and arduous.”  Many proposals for new renewable energy generating technologies are opposed by residents worried about the noise and appearance of the turbines on the landscape. 
    Daniel Gielty who works for Organic Dan Ltd at Home Farm, Downholland, has submitted a proposal for two 10 KW 15 m turbines on the land he grows organic vegetables.  Gielty stated he currently gets his power from diesel generators and would like to become more green.    He also said these turbines would, “…help me supply more produce locally during the winter as I would be able to keep the crops heated.” 
    However, there are stipulations to getting the turbines approved.  A condition added to Wood’s appeal is painting the turbines mid-grey to make the stand out less.  This further complicates matters as revealed by another farmer, Graham Martland, who says, “I found I couldn’t get a warranty if it was treated, as the turbine company had concerns that the process of treating it could affect the balance.” 
    One benefit of these turbines is a new incentive called feed-in tariffs, that require energy suppliers to pay money to owners of renewable systems up to 34.5p/kWhr, for a small turbine.  This tariff can not only help farmers but also encourage businesses to take part in renewable energy. 

Source: http://www.osadvertiser.co.uk/news/ormskirk-news/2011/06/02/farmers-hopeful-that-turbine-appeal-decision-will-make-process-easier-80904-28800793/

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