Those wind farm targets in the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Spatial Strategy and related Topic Papers, despite attempts to present them as "potentials" rather than targets and despite their lack of quantified rationale, are already being seized on by industry lawyers to try to force through a windfarm close to an AONB on appeal after rejection by Harrogate District Council APPENDIX 5 and 6.
The District Councils should be questioning the North Yorkshire wind power targets and asking to see details of how the quantified targets were calculated. Planning policy developments in North Yorkshire may reflect what is happening nation-wide. They will set the framework for 15 years. The promotion of wind farms through not-very-visible targets is already reflected in the previous news item above.
Sheena Slimon, Badenoch West member in the Highland Council, praised the determination of residents and pressure groups concerned about the possible effects on the environment and tourism, but questioned the value of our democratic system.
Her comments followed confirmation of Scottish and Southern Energy's SSE preferred route for a multi-million pound transmission line upgrade between Beauly and Stirlingshire which takes in the Cairngorms National Park. Mrs Slimon, a park authority board member, said: My own feeling is that it's getting these objections across that will be the ultimate aim.
When received, ministers will make a decision based on extensive consultation in due course. We're hoping they're going to take a principled stand against allowing pylons through the park.
I can't pre-empt what the planning committee will or will not ask for in that report. Independent on Sunday, The Publication date: The statistics may cause friction between Whitehall and Alistair Buchanan, the energy regulator, who is concerned that by relying heavily on wind energy, UK may become too much of a hostage to capricious weather.
Germany has 16, mega-watts MW of wind power generating capacity installed, more than any other country in the world and more than 15 times the amount in the UK. ON, indicate that the efficiency of the wind farms is much lower than that factored into UK plans. RWE found that the load factor " the amount of energy produced per 1, MW installed " on its farms is around 16 per cent while at E.
ON the figure is below 12 per cent. On this basis the German national grid, the Deutsche Energie- Agentur, has said that it will only allow wind farms to count 6 per cent of their capacity when calculations are made about the amount of electricity generating capacity available for customers.
Some of the energy is wasted because warm summer winds at night lead to power being produced when it is least needed. The German figures compare with the 30 per cent load factor targeted in the UK for wind farms. This is because many German sites are onshore, have not been built in the best locations for subsidy and planning reasons, and the UK is far windier than Germany.
In England and Wales, npower's wind farms have achieved 27 per cent efficiency while in Scotland the levels so far have been in excess of 30 per cent, as Scotland is one of the windiest parts of Europe.
According to specialist investment bank Climate Change Capital, there will need to be pounds 6bn of investment in renewable energy to meet the UK's 10 per cent target. Councillors rejected the scheme despite the recommendation of planning officers to grant approval.
That decision delighted the members of Trimdon Action Group Against Wind Farms, who were worried about possible subsidence, light flicker, noise, vibrations and the possible effects on people's health. Mr Blair's agent John Burton wrote signalling support for the objectors. Council officials said the turbines would not have a "significant visual impact". Council leader Fraser Reynolds said: We will now try to make sure that residents are kept informed of the various stages involved in developing this site by EDF Energy.
Any planning application for alternative energy will be judged on individual merits, as this particular plan was. EDF welcomed the decision, saying the wind farm could supply the annual requirements of up to 3, homes.
They are refusing to accept the line of my boundary as agreed and determined by neighbours over the last 75years. We have proved if they accept our boundary line the wires cross our land admittedly only by a matter of inches but that is all we need We have no alternative but to exercise our shooting right over our land and shoot down the line and prove they are in trespass. NGT have driven me to despair and are proving to have no regard whatsoever to our plight.
Npower Renewables' barrister David Hardy made the claim at the start of a public inquiry into Harrogate Council's refusal of permission for a wind farm on an acre site at Knabs Ridge, ft above sea level, three miles west of Harrogate.
The site is only the width of the A59 outside the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but Mr Hardy said that was no reason to oppose the project, which would generate A Government study of renewable energy targets for Yorkshire and the Humber had set MW as a target to achieve by North Yorkshire's target was MW by of which 80 per cent was expected to come from onshore wind. There is little short of five years left during which to bridge what is a yawning gap.
The whole point about the targets is that each administrative area is expected to do its bit. Npower's planning witness, David Stewart, said any windfarm would have an impact on its surrounding landscape but the area in this case was not important enough justify refusing a windfarm development. But Mr Watson said the council's landscape witness believed the windfarm would damage the landscape.