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What is to be done? With wind power, above all, we have entered the realm of the illogical: the environmental solution has become the environmental problem.
In a major escalation of the battle against wind farms, the John Muir Trust is to launch its biggest ever campaign. The trust says "industrial scale" wind farms are a "major threat" to unspoiled areas of the Scottish countryside.
Onshore wind generation is the cheapest renewable, but with back up, it costs two and a half times as much as gas or nuclear.
WIND-FARM developers are mainly avoiding sites that would have a significant impact on fragile landscapes and wildlife, according to a report by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). But the environmental agency yesterday warned that the aim of avoiding potential conflicts between renewable-energy developments and heritage-sensitive sites will become more difficult to achieve in the drive to reach the Scottish Executive's target of producing 40 per cent of the country's energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.
National Grid is demanding up to £500m from prospective wind farm developers before it expands the electricity network capacity to accommodate new sources of power.
The Government has today announced proposals to change Building Regulations which will make the use of renewable energy compulsory in all new buildings from 2008.
"The UK now faces a 20 gigawatt power shortage by 2016. The review fails to ensure that we secure a reliable supply for the next 10 years; fails to halt the threat of power cuts; fails to encourage coal plants to reduce emissions with clean coal technology and fails to give a decision for incentives for carbon capture," said a spokesman for Mitsui Babcock, Britain's leading clean coal group. "It is worrying to see government taking a fingers-crossed approach before the first of the planned nuclear plants become operational in 2019."
Micro-renewables are set to become a standard part of any new development north of the border if the Scottish Executive approves a new planning policy.
The government’s targets for increasing alternative-energy supplies probably go as far as the sector will bear. Its targets for nuclear, which so far amount to merely replacing existing stations, do not go far enough.
RESIDENTS in conservation areas could be allowed to erect rooftop wind turbines without planning permission, under plans to encourage people to generate renewable energy. The move could see some of Scotland’s most historic skylines blighted by the generators, which are the size of a satellite dish.
As outlined in its newly-published energy review, the UK government has announced that its policy instrument of choice to encourage new nuclear build is a strong carbon market in Europe. If the European market is unable to deliver this, then additional UK incentives will be introduced to prop up the value of emission credits.
Needless to say not everyone is impressed with the UK’s latest energy review.
There is also the need to overcome outdated perceptions about different forms of energy, such as “coal is dirty”, “nuclear power is unsafe” and wind and wave can “save the world” (without doing any environmental damage). These perceptions are political bunkum, and it is depressing to see the Liberal Democrats, and even the Conservatives, pandering to such misinformation for cheap gain. Expect to hear lots of nonsense about Chernobyl, a nuclear plant that would never have seen the light of day in the West, even at that time.
TONY Blair ordered a crackdown on lightbulbs yesterday as a key part of his new energy policy.
Prime Minister Tony Blair says atomic power will allow Britain to go green, arguing the country can make cuts in its emissions of the pollutants blamed for climate change if it moves away from fossil fuels and includes nuclear power plants in energy plans the next 30-40 years.
The Government's long-awaited energy review will open the way to an estimated six new nuclear power stations by 2020. Power from "renewable sources" such as wind, solar and tidal will increase from the current four per cent to nearer 20 per cent. But the review will dismiss green hopes of a mini-wind generator on every house in the UK.
Mr Darling said that whatever the review's findings, no nuclear power stations could be built in Scotland without the executive's consent.
New developments would have to generate at least 10% of their energy from on-site renewable sources under new guidelines proposed by ministers....Ministers want councils to say which areas they think are suitable or unsuitable for wind farms.
A day before the Westminster government is expected to set out its plans for Britain's energy future, Malcolm Chisholm, the Communities Minister, is to outline new regulations intended to steer applicants away from protected and sensitive locations to reduce the potential for conflict with communities and environment campaigners.
It also wants a large increase in power from sources such as wind and solar.