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       New energy record: wind outperformed coal in 2016 6th January 2017
    
         RenewableUK has welcomed new statistics released by analysts at Carbon Brief which show that more electricity was generated by wind than coal in 2016

It's the first time that wind has outperformed coal for an entire year, generating 11.5% of the UK's power, compared to just 9.2% from coal. Overall, a quarter of the UK's electricity came from renewable sources in 2016,

RenewableUK's Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said: "This is a historic and exciting change to our power infrastructure. As old-fashioned coal, modern technologies like wind are stepping up to make sure consumers have reliable energy without the damaging health impacts of coal pollution - as well as delivering for the UK economy.

Over the festive season, renewables were the star performers. On Christmas Day wind generated 32% of the UK's power - more than any other energy source. Renewables are also helping traditional British companies find new opportunities as times change, with Siemens opening a massive factory in Hull and Harland and Wolff in Belfast supplying steel foundations to the offshore wind industry.

Globally, energy is shifting to renewables. Investors have seen the way the wind is blowing with more than $300bn invested in clean energy last year and private companies divesting away from fossil fuels. The Government should make a New Years resolution to back renewables in its forthcoming renewable Strategy, so that the UK can make the most of the exciting changes ahead."

Source RenewableUK



         Trio of new wind energy records set in December 3rd January 2017

              New figures from National Grid showed that wind power performed strongly during Christmas week. Fresh half-hourly, daily and weekly records were set on 23rd,24th and 25th December.

Wind power supplied a new high of 41% of the UK's electricity needs in a half hour period on Christmas Day, smashing the previous record of 34%. During this period,47% of the UK's electricity came from renewable sources.

A new daily record of 32% of UK electricity was generated by wind on Christmas Day, beating the previous high of 24%. Overall, renewables met 42% of demand on 25th December 2016.

20% of UK electricity was generated by wind in the week ending on 25th December, exceeding the previous19% record. Renewables provided 28%of total generation in the new record week.

RenewableUK's Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said: "The growth of wind energy across the UK over the past 25years is a great success story which we can all be proud of, and it's especially heartening  to see that it was wind that helped to keep the Christmas lights on throughout the festive season."

"Renewables are now a mainstream provider of electricity, delivery low cost, reliable power to consumers not just at Christmas but the whole year round."
Source RenewableUK



    New wind energy record - an early Christmas clean energy bonus 
                                                                                                                                7th December 2016
                RenewableUK is celebrating as National Grid says onshore and offshore wind turbines have set a new record by generating more than 10,000 megawatts of electricity for the first time.

The record of 10,104MW was achieved between 2 and 2.30PM yesterday, providing 23% of Britain's total electricity demand at that time.

RenewableUK's Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said:
"It's terrific to see wind power smashing another record. It shows that wind is playing an increasingly central role as a reliable part of our new modern energy system. As we install more wind power, more records will tumble. This is a Christmas clean energy bonus- not just for the renewable energy sector, but for all of us."

Source RenewableUK



             SEA writes to Sajid Javid MP following consent
                    for horizontal fracking in Lancashire  October 8th 2016
        SEA have written to Sajid Javid, following the decision to give consent horizontal fracking in the county of Lancashire -  More to follow..


                               New records set in best ever year for
                            British wind energy generation January 5th 2016

            RenewableUK is highlighting new official statistics from National Grid which show that 2015 was a record year for wind energy generation, with onshore and offshore wind farms supplying their largest amounts of clean electricity to British homes, factories and offices. Wind set new weekly, quarterly and annual generation records.

11% of the UK's electricity was generated by wind last year - up from 9.5% in 2014

Wind provided enough electricity to meet the annual needs of more than 8.25 million homes - more than 30% of UK households - up from 6.7 million homes last year.

December 2015 saw a fresh monthly record set, with wind supplying 17% of Britain's electricity demand at a time of the year when it is needed most. The previous record  of 14% was set in January 2015 - another cold period of the year.

A new weekly record was also set in December, with wind providing 20% of the nation's needs in the last week of the month - Christmas week - up from 19% in the second week in November.

Wind also broke the quarterly generation record in the there month period from October to December 2015, with 13% of the nation's electricity met by wind - beating the previous 12% high in the first quarter of 2015.

RenewableUK's Director of Policy Dr Gordon Edge said:" This is a great way to start the new year - the wind industry can be proud that it has shattered weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual generation records in 2015. This re-writes the record books. We've had a bumper harvest thanks to increased deployment and superb wind speeds.

"It also demonstrates why the Government should continue to support wind energy, as we're delivering on our commitment to keep Britain powered up. We can continue to increase the proportion of the nation's electricity which we provide as we move away from fossil fuels to clean sources of power."

Source RenewableUK


                  Over 10 gigawatts of offshore wind secured in UK waters,
                                     doubling current capacity October 30th 2015

RenewableUK, the trade association representing the wind industry, says today's announcement by RWE Innogy of new project partners and investors for the Galloper offshore wind farm off the coast of Suffolk demonstrates the robustness of Britain's world-leading offshore wind market.

It follows the announcement on Wednesday that DONG Energy has made a final investment decision to build Walney Extension wind farm off the coast of Cumbria.

The confirmation of the two projects, which have a combined capacity of nearly one gigawatt, means that the UK now has more than 10GW of offshore wind capacity either operational or under construction, or with financial support fully secured.
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This consolidates Britain's global lead in offshore wind, and will double our current operation capacity of just over 5 gigawatts. 10GW of offshore wind will generate sufficient electricity to meet the needs of more than 7 million British homes.

RenewableUK's Director of Policy for Economics and Regulation, Dr Gordon Edge, Said; " The UK is the number one destination for offshore wind  investors. This week's two major announcements of offshore wind projects achieving financial close, securing billions of pounds in investment, show that it remains an attractive place to do offshore business."

The Government's advisory body, the Committee on Climate Change, is now recommending we install 1-2 gigawatts of offshore wind a year throughout the 2020's to meet our carbon reduction goals so we could reach as much as  30GW by 2030. The CCC says offshore wind is set to become cheaper than gas during the next decade, so that it offers excellent value in terms of keeping bills down. We're also generating jobs, with 13,000 people already working in the industry - that could increase to 44,000 in less than 10 years.

"However, if we're to continue to deliver ambitious offshore infrastructure projects throughout the 2020's, we need a clear plan from the Government stating how much offshore wind capacity in wants over the next decade. We've had some encouraging signals so far, but we need details of how the financial framework is going to work for offshore wind to deliver at scale, as a key part of the Government's industrial strategy."

Source RenewableUK.



                 World's largest offshore wind farm project gets the go-ahead
                                           to grow even bigger August 5th 2015 

             RenewableUK is highlighting the announcement that the next stage of the giant Dogger Bank offshore wind farm in the North Sea - the biggest offshore wind farm project in the world - has gained planning consent from the Energy Secretary Amber Rudd.

Dogger Bank Teesside A&B will have an installed capacity of up to 2.4GW (GW) - enough to power the annual electricity needs of two million British homes. Each site will host up to 200 turbines installed in an area of seabed of around 600 square kilometres, located 102 miles from the north east coast of England at its closet point.

The Teesside project is equal in size to the world's largest previously consented project. Dogger Bank Creyke Bank ( also up to 2.4GW) situated alongside it, which gained consent in February 2015.

In addition, the huge project could create up to 4,750 direct and indirect jobs and generate more than £1.5 billion for the UK economy over its lifetime, according to the projects developers RWE Statkraft and Statoil - the Forewind consortium.

The announcement comes at an uncertain time for the renewable energy industry as a whole following a series of announcements about reductions in financial support in other parts of the sector. The Government has postponed the next round of auctions for Contracts for Difference, which provide financial support for renewable projects, until the Spring. Greater clarity on the Government's  plans for this support system are expected in the autumn.

RenewableUK's Chief Executive, Maria McCaffery, said: "This awe-inspiring offshore wind project has taken another significant step forward. The sheer size of Dogger Bank illustrates just how large the environmental and economic opportunities are in the North Sea for the UK's world-leading offshore wind industry.

However, the ambition of the industry needs to be matched by a vision from Government which is backed up by firm commitments on the levels of financial provision which will be available. We need to know that the political appetite exists to ensure that major infrastructure projects like this will gain the right level of support from Ministers - they hold the keys to unlocking the vast potential of the North Sea's clean energy resources. The industry is set to play its part - but it needs a  fair wind from Westminster in order to so ."

Source RenewableUK



                 IMF stats show UK fossil fuels still get billions in subsidies,
                                         while renewables slashed August 14th 2015

                    RenewableUK, the wind, wave and tidal energy trade association, says figures from the International Monetary Fund show that fossil fuels are still getting billions of pounds in subsidies every year from the UK Government while it is cutting financial support for renewable energy. The IMF figures include costs of air pollution and the impact of climate change caused by fossil fuels.

An IMF survey, "How Large Are Global Energy Subsidies?" shows that the UK's fossil fuel sector is receiving subsidies of more than £26 billion this year - more than £400 per person living in this country. The IMF states that this is 1.4% of UK GDP. For comparison, UK spending on defence is 2.1% of GDP.

The cost of supporting all renewable energy technologies in 2014/2015 is £3.5 billion according to figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

RenewableUK's Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said: "The IMF is right to turn the spotlight on the billions of pounds in subsidies which the UK's fossil fuel sector continues to enjoy at the expense of all of us.

"Although there's been a great deal of scrutiny about the cost of renewable energy, the price that all British taxpayers are still being forced to pay to the oil, coal and gas industries, decades after the became well established, is eye-watering."

"It's time for the UK to wake up to the benefits of renewable energy. Moving away from subsidising  coal, oil and gas and backing technologies like onshore and offshore wind that will help keep bills down and protect consumers."

"But a first step is Government being honest about the true cost of all forms of energy and the value renewables bring."

Source RenewableUK



               SEA writes to Nicola Sturgeon,  Scottish First Minister July 24th 2015

                    SEA has written to Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister to thank her for speaking strongly in favour of onshore wind farms and for her criticism of the UK Governments change of policy on wind farm subsidies.



    SEA writes to David Davis MP following his anti-wind farm comments July 24th 2015

                    SEA today has written to David Davis MP, criticising him for his anti-wind farm comments when he appeared on BBC Look North. He is calling for compensation for residents who live close to wind farms as he claims that they are exposed to noise  and shadow flicker from the turbines.

SEA has  him to provide substantiated and peer reviewed scientific evidence to back up his claims.

As of August 9th 2015 no acknowledgement or response has been received by the MP, does that mean that he is unable to provide any evidence to back up his claims ?




  
                        Cats kill 275 million other animals a year July 14th 2015

                      One argument that is often used by anti wind farm campaigners is the impact that wind turbines have on bird populations. The following article which appeared on the Mail Online will hopefully put into context any possible impact that wind farms may have....

                        Domestic cats are lethal hunters, killing at least 275 million other animals a year in Britain, a report showed today.

The apparently cuddly pets prey on a number of declining and endangered species, including water voles and dormice, said the Mammal Society.

The survey called "Look what the cat brought in", found that the average household cat caught or killed between 30 and 40 creatures a year.

With an estimated nine million pet cats in this country, the haul amounted to 200 million mammals, 55 million birds and 10 million reptiles and amphibians.

Survey co-ordinator Michael Woods said the effect on species already under threat was a "considerable cause for concern."

The society studied records from 964 in 600 households over a five-month period - during which the pets killed more than 14,000 animals.

It found that mice were the most popular prey with the sample killing 4,196, against 1,949 voles and 946 shrews.

This meant cats killed more than 80 million mice in Britain.

Cats also hunted down large mammals, including high numbers of rabbits, weasels, stoats and grey squirrels.

But they were very poor at killing rats, having captures only 162 in the survey - probably because the rodents fight back viciously.

But cats also targeted many bats, which are slow to reproduce, possibly killing 230,000 a year across the country.

`Birds were also heavily preyed on, with a total of 3,383 taken by the cats in the survey.

House sparrows were the most popular, followed by blue tits, blackbirds , starlings, thrushes and robins.

Frogs, toads, newts, lizards, grass-snakes and slow-worms were the final items on the cats menus

Two-year old cats killed the most the survey showed, although some of the best hunters were grizzled eight and nine year olds.

Mammal Society chairman Professor Stephen Harris said cat owners should keep their pets indoors at night to ensure the future of British wildlife.

"This survey has given a clear indication of the threats cats pose to Britain's animal populations." he said.

Mr Woods, who is also the society's vice-chairman, added: "Although it is unlikely that cats alone will cause any species to become endangered in Britain, for those which are already under pressure for other reasons, such as thrushes, harvest mice, grass snakes and slow-worms, cats could tip them over the edge."

"Cats can roam up to 1km ( over half a mile away each night and have a home range of 28 hectares.

Source Mail Online.




       SEA writes to the Department for Communities and Local Government July 2nd 2015 

              SEA has today written to the Department for Communities and Local Government to ask for a written statement as to what constitutes a "local community" when referring to onshore wind farm applications..



       Climate change plans require urgent action, government warned June 30th 2015

                  The UK must take urgent action to prepare for the impact of climate change, the government has been warned.

Minsters should focus on the future risks of heatwaves and flooding, says the Committee on Climate Change.

Its report said more needed to be done to keep emission son track, although the government said it was committed to meeting its climate change target.

It also warned a decision to stop onshore wind farm subsidies early could potentially add £1bn a year to bills.

The report by the Committee on Climate Change looked at progress towards meeting carbon emission targets and how the UK is preparing for climate change risks

Chairman Lord Deben and Lord Krebs said measures were needed to address increased flood risk to homes and to protect farmland from declines in productivity.

Lord Krebs said: "By the 2050s the sort of heatwaves we might experience in the next few days might be the norm, a typical summer."

The committee also called for action to make homes and buildings safer during heatwaves.

"Just as we've been encouraging on the mitigation side, retrofit of loft insulation and so on, we need to think how to develop passive cooling measures, maybe tinted glass, shading, again as in common in other countries," Lord Krebs said.

Lord Deben added that the decisions on carbon-cutting policies needed to be made "urgently" to give companies time to invest.

          The committee is also advising the government to:

          * Extend funding for low-carbon electricity generation to 2025

          * Continue support for efficient, low-emission vehicles.

          * Develop new infrastructure that is resilient to impacts of climate change.

          * Act to counter the decline in productive farmland.

The committee said the government has a duty to explain to the public how it intends to replace the energy from wind turbines in the countryside.

Onshore wind is the cheapest option but the government announced it would end subsidies from April 2016, a year early, after protests from countryside residents.

The committee's calculation of the additional £1bn a year on bills would be the result on ministers deciding to replace the lost output from onshore wind by increasing the supply of electricity for offshore wind.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change said the government was committed to meeting its climate change target of an 80% emissions reduction by 2050.

"We have already made great strides to that goal, with emissions down 30% since 1990." said a spokesman. "There's still much work to do and we will continue to power our move to a low-carbon economy at best value to consumers."

Commenting on the report, former Shell chairman Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool said the government needed to bring forward decarbonisation policies quickly to retain its moral authority on climate change.

"Ministers need to come forward very soon with coherent on energy efficiency, low-carbon transport, renewable heat and renewable electricity, otherwise the UK
will fall behind other nations and lose its moral authority on the international stage," he said.

And Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: "The government must follow its advice and agree an action plan for energy efficiency which results in homes that are cheaper to heat and that are shielded from the worst effects of climate change."

Source BBC News




           SEA writes again to all seven Lincolnshire Conservative MP's July1st 2015

                          SEA has written to all seven Lincolnshire Conservative MP's, Victoria Atkins, Nick Boles, John Hayes, Sir Edward Leigh, Karl McCartney, Stephen Phillips and Matt Warman, asking them to comment on the report by the Committee on Climate Change, which said " A decision  to stop onshore wind farm subsidies could potentially add £1bn to bills."

The  committee also said "The government has a duty to explain to the public how it intends to replace the energy from wind turbines in the countryside."

                        Any response from the MP's will appear on this website...

As of July 14th 2015, no response or acknowledgement has been received from any of the seven MP's. Perhaps it is because that have no answers to the questions put to them....


  
             SEA writes to all seven Lincolnshire Conservative MP's June 26th 2015

                           SEA has written to all seven Conservative Lincolnshire MP's following the governments announcement to cut onshore wind subsidies and asked them to respond to comments from the EU Climate Chief criticism. As yet no one has responded....



 
                         EU climate chief criticises UK wind farm policy June 24th 2015

                           The UK's decision to stop subsidising new onshore wind farms will make it harder to meet renewable energy targets, the EU's climate chief says.

Miguel Arias Canete said the EU had already calculated that the UK was not on track to meet legally binding goals.

Asked by BBC News if the wind decision would make the task harder he replied: "Of course."

His officials have expressed bemusement at the decision to end subsidies for onshore wind energy a year early.

They said onshore wind was by far the cheapest way to hit the target of 15% of all energy from renewables from 2020

The SNP estimate the change will cost bill payers up to three billion pounds.

After a media briefing on climate policy at the European Commission, one official told the BBC the decision was "mind-boggling in an economy that's supposedly price sensitive."

The official said the EU would not interfere in the UK's energy choices, but expressed doubt whether it would achieve renewables targets without more onshore wind, and whether future energy subsidy auctions in the UK would breach EU state aid rules if nuclear was included and onshore barred.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change said the UK was making good progress towards the EU 2020 target on renewables.

A spokesman said the UK had come a long way already; in 2005 1.4% of energy was from renewable sources, for 2013 the renewable share was 5.1% of energy.

On the question of breaching state aid rules on future subsidy auctions a DECC spokesman told the BBC: 2We have the tools available to implement the government's manifesto commitments on onshore wind and will set out how we will do so when announcing plans in relation to further CfD ( subsidy) allocations."

The government promised before the election to end new subsidies for onshore wind following pressure from UKIP to halt the spread of wind farms across rural Britain.

Last week, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd announced that she would cut short the subsidy period for the relatively mature technology of onshore wind and shift cash into forms of energy that needed support more.

There is no news yet as to which technologies will benefit, or the same amount of energy will be obtained without spending extra money on a much more expensive option like offshore wind.

The government's decision was welcomed by UKIP, the Taxpayers Alliance and community pressure groups which said wind farms were ruining the countryside.
It was condemned by most energy academics, environmentalists and by the CBI which said it would undermine investor confidence in the UK..

Source BBC News..


                    
                    SEA lobbies David Morris Conservative MP June 27th 2015

                        SEA today wrote to David Morris MP, following his anti wind farm comments in The Visitor newspaper. His response (if there is one will appear on this page.




               SEA invited to the official Gwynt-Y-Mor inauguration June 18th 2015 
             Jonathan was very fortunately invited to the official inauguration for the 160 turbine Gwynt-Y-Mor offshore wind farm, this took place at the Port of Mostyn, North Wales on June 18th 2015.

The Gwynt-Y-Mor wind farm is sited 9 miles off the coast of Llandudno, it has an installed capacity of 576 MW and is the worlds second largest offshore wind farm, second only to the Thames Array.

Over £2 billion was invested in the project with £660m invested in the UK supply chain and economy of that more than £90m in Wales. More than 90% of construction contracts that could have been awarded in the UK were awarded in the UK.

The wind farm created around 2,450 UK jobs, with more than 65% of the total workforce in construction. 700 jobs were created in Wales, during the two year construction period.

Gwynt-Y-Mor is capable of generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 400,00 homes each year.

Those who attended watched the official opening of the project and heard presentations from key people from RWE Innogy and Welsh politician Carwyn Jones.
There were also boat trips out to the wind farm itself.

SEA campaigned in support of the application for more that three years and as part of that campaign, together with Ynys Mon Friends of the Erath  collected nearly  5,000 letters backing the wind farm..


            
            SEA lobbies Victoria Atkins MP for Louth and Horncastle June 8th 2015

       SEA has today written to Victoria Atkins MP, urging her to sign Callum McCaig;s Early Day Motion ( EDM) on subsidies given for onshore wind in Scotland

To date, SEA has written to the MP five times and she has yet to acknowledge or reply to any of these........  


           IKEA to spend one billion Euro's to tackle climate change June 4th 2015

                 Furniture giant Ikea says it will spend one billion Euro's over the next five years to tackle climate change.

This is far more than many countries are doing, and Ikea says if other firms follow suit, they can force down the price of energy from renewables.

Over the next five years, the company says it will spend 500 million Euro's on wind power and 100 million Euro's on solar.

Its charitable arm will spend a further 400 million Euro's  helping poor countries likely to be worst it by climate change.

The announcement comes as governments meeting at a UN conference are discussing targets on climate change way lower than scientists say is necessary to ensure a stable climate.

Ikea believes businesses must take a lead while politicians delay. Peter Agnefjall, its chief executive, said: "Climate change is one of the world's biggest challenges and we need bold commitments and action to find a solution.

"That's why we are going all in to transform our business, to ensure that it is fit for the future and we can have a positive impact."

The firms plans for all its buildings be powered by renewables. All the lighting it sells will run on LEDs: the company says it will force down the price of the bulbs.

The group has invested 1.5 billion Euro's in wind and solar since 2009, committing to own and operate 314 offsite wind turbines and installing 700,000 solar panels on its buildings.

The announcement is the latest in a series of unpredicted moves on climate change. The European oil and gas majors, including Shell and BP, have called on governments to introduce a carbon price to force coal - the dirtiest fuel- out of the energy mix.

The Saudi oil minister has said he expects his country to switch from oil to solar in decades to come. Apple are thought to be developing an electric car. The chief executive of Unilever has called for much more ambitious targets from governments to drive investment in clean technology.

And this week, leading economists and scientists called a $150bn Global Apollo Programme to make renewable energy cheaper than coal.

Some analysts believe actions such as these suggest that the long battle over climate change has reached a turning point.

There is still huge resistance to change from coal-dependent nations and firms. One of them Koch Industries in the US, is supporting its views with an investment of nearly £1bn in political campaigning in the US elections.

But a divide is emerging between powerful businesses taking very clear sides on the debate over climate and energy,.

Source BBC News Business.



 

        SEA makes submissions in support of two wind farm applications June 3rd 2015

                  SEA has today made two written submissions in support of the single wind turbine at Criddon Farm, Upton Cresset, Bridgnorth and the six turbine Sewstern Lane wind  farm application near Long Bennington.


 
                                   SEA writes to Glyn Davies MP May 16th 2015

                   SEA has today written to the Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies taking issue with his anti wind farm comments in the News North Wales of May 15th.


     
                               SEA writes to David Cameron PM May 14th 2015

                      SEA has written to the Prime Minister calling on him to commit support for renewables and wind power in particular. In the letter, in was pointed out  that public opinion remains consistently strong for wind.

               The most recent poll ( February 2015) by the Department of Energy and Climate change (DECC) found that support for onshore wind had increased to 68% of the public, while total opposition fell to 10%. Support for offshore wind remained at 74%


                      
                        SEA lobby's a number of Lincolnshire MP's May 13th 2015

                   SEA has today lobbied the following Lincolnshire MP's, Victoria Atkins, Nick Boles, John Hayes, Sir Edward Leigh, Karl McCartney, Stephen Phillips and Matt Warman asking that they give their support for renewables and especially that of wind power across the county.



                 SEA lobby's Elizabeth Truss MP and Greg Clark MP May 13th 2015

                           SEA, today wrote to Elizabeth Truss MP, the newly appointed Minister for the Environment and Greg Clark MP, the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.



              SEA lobby's the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary May 11th 2015

                                 SEA, today wrote to Amber Rudd, the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary congratulating  her on her appointment and calling for support for renewables and her assurance that she will do all in her power to back wind power as a means to address man-made climate change.



                               CO2 levels reach monthly record May 11th 2015

                      Global carbon dioxide ( CO2) concentrations have reached a new monthly record of 400 parts per million, according to scientists.

The new milestone was announced by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( Noaa)

They said it was the first month that the entire globe broke 400ppm, reaching levels that haven't been seen for about two million years.

Noaa's Peter Tans said that reaching the mark was a "significant milestone."

Scientists announced that CO2 had passed the 400ppm level for the first time in the Artic in 2012, and then at Mauna Loa in Hawaii in 2013.

"It was only a matter of time that we would average 400 parts per million globally." said Mr Tans, lead scientist at Noaa's Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network.

He added that CO2 has risen more than 120 parts per million since pre-industrial times, half of that has occurred since 1980, he said

Noaa collects its data on global carbon dioxide concentration on air samples taken from 40 sites around the world, including some remote islands.

Source BBC news



                       SEA meets with a delegation of Korean's April 6th 2015

                      Jonathan met with a delegation of 20 Korean's who are looking at developing a 3GW offshore wind farm of the south west of Korea 

The meetings took place  in north Wales and Great Yarmouth, where a number of issues were discussed relating to the experience of SEA in supporting offshore wind farm sin the UK. As part of the visit, the group hired two boats for a site visit to the 160 turbine Gwynt-Y-Mor wind farm, nine miles off the coast of Llandudno.



           New research show how onshore wind can deliver cheapest electricity
                                       of all power sources by 2020 April 2nd 2015

                    New research published by the industry-led Onshore Wind Cost Reduction Taskforce, set up by RenewableUK, shows that onshore wind can become the most cost effective new electricity source by 2020, driving down fuel bills for households throughout the UK

The recommendations put forward fall into four main categories: further innovation by industry, improvements to the grid connection system, ensuring the UK consenting is functioning as it should and monitoring and sharing best practice within industry. If these changes are implemented, they will make onshore wind cheaper than gas, its nearest competitor. The Taskforce's report takes new gas power stations (combined cycle gas turbine plant) as the expected baseline for cheapest new technology in 2020 with a predicted levelised cost of energy (LCOE) of £65-75 per megawatt hour by this date. The research has shown that without the measures outlined in this report, onshore wind would struggle to get its costs below this level, though would still be the cheapest source of low carbon electricity.

The taskforce looked at three different types of site with different wind speeds and found that if  their recommendations were followed, up to £21 per megawatt could be shaved off onshore wind costs. Across three types of sites anticipated reductions from today's costs average 22%. These reductions would mean that even the higher  cost new wind farms would generate at a lower cost than the anticipated marginal new gas power stations, with the lowest cost onshore wind sites being £3 per megawatt hour cheaper than new gas power stations at £62 per megawatt hour.

Chair of the taskforce Colin Morgan, business manager from DNV-GL Energy, said: "With this report we highlight that t is possible for onshore wind to be the cheapest new electricity capacity by 2020, and how exactly industry and government can work together to deliver this consumer benefit. We hope to be able to take these programmes forward over the next few months to enable onshore wind to grow its role in providing low carbon power for millions of homes."

Chief Executive of RenewableUK Maria McCaffery commented:" This work definitely shows the value of continuing the role of onshore wind in the UK. It's already the most cost effective way to generate low carbon power, and this report shows that within the next five years onshore wind can be the most cost effective of all forms of power generation , driving down all our fuel bills. We have already seen evidence of the falling cost of onshore wind in the most recent auctions for low carbon power. However, further cost reductions won't happen is this technology is cut off at the knees by a premature withdrawal of support. We urge politicians to work with us and support onshore wind. to help the UK cut fuel imports, rather than imposing arbitrary caps on this technology."

Source RenewableUK




Wind leads the way as renewable electricity supply leaps to 22% March 26th 2015

                    RenewableUK welcomed official statistics today which showed that renewable electricity provided a record percentage of supply in the last quarter of 2014, reaching 22%. Onshore and offshore wind combined provided the biggest share of renewable electricity, at just under 12% of the total electricity generated

The statistics also confirmed that renewable electricity provided a record percentage of power in 2014, at 19.2%.Onshore and offshore wind made up nearly 50% of this total, with both seeing increases in the amount of power generated compared to 2013. The amount of onshore wind generated increased by 7.9% in 2014, and the amount of offshore wind was up 16.1%

RenewableUK Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith commented:
"It's wonderful to see renewable electricity reach another record of 22% of electricity generated and to see wind providing the lion's share of that. Communities up and down the country benefit from wind power via the 34,500 people employed in the sector, and the local benefits and contracts. These statistics show it's doing its primary job of providing clean homegrown power and weaning us off fossil fuel imports. Onshore and offshore wind is s UK success story, and as th egeneral election approaches, politicians should recognise its value and support it fully."

Source RenewableUK.


           
           Fox Covert wind farm appeal dates September 29th 2015 March 25th 2015

                  A date has now been set for the Fox Covert wind farm appeal, it will begin on September 29th and will run for four days. Further information about the appeal will appear on this page in due course. Sustainable Energy Alliance, together with the Newark Green Party are supporting the application.

                The deadline for submissions to the Planning Inspectorate has now passed.



New Government poll shows increase in support for onshore wind energy Feb 3rd 2015

                 A new survey released today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change ( DECC) shows that support for onshore wind has increased to 68% of the public, while total opposition fell to a record low of 10%

Support for offshore wind also remained rock solid at 74%. There was an increase in support for Britain's wave and tidal energy industry, which went up to 74%

Public support for hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" for shale gas fell from 26% to 24%

RenewableUK's Director of Policy, Dr Gordon Edge, said: "It's great to see public support for onshore wind is increasing, with more than two-thirds of people consistently saying they want Britain to make use of it, and that support for offshore wind and wave & tidal energy remains even higher.

That's why it is so hard to understand why the Conservative party is turning its back on onshore wind, threatening to kill the industry if it wins the next election. Independent polls show that David Cameron is totally wrong to claim that people are "fed up with" onshore wind - they show the revers is actually true, and that being anti wind is a net  vote loser.

We hope that as manifestos are being written, the Conservatives will see how misguided it would be to oppose such a popular technology as onshore wind."

The survey, the 12th in DECC's Public Attitudes Tracker series, used face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of 2,119 households in the UK.

Source RenewableUK
                  

                        Record breaking January for wind energy February 2nd 2015

               New official figures from National Grid for January show that wind energy broke new records for weekly, monthly and half-hourly generation, highlighting the central role wind now plays in our energy mix.

January was the most productive month ever for wind energy, providing 14% of Britain's electricity (4.13 terawatt hours ) enough to power the equivalent of 8.7 million UK homes. The weekly record was also broken in January with 1,119 gigawatt hours generated, and the half hourly record was exceeded on 2nd January when wind supplied 31% of Britain's electricity demand,

 The news came as overall UK wind capacity ( onshore and offshore) topped 12 gigawatts for the first  time, a milestone for the country - enough to supply nearly 7 million households annually.

 RenewableUK's Director of External Affairs, Jennifer Webber said; " The past few months have seen significantly high levels of generation for wind energy and January was no exception. It's great to see wind making such a positive contribution to Britain's clean energy needs at a cold time of year when we need it most, and this can only continue with greater capacity coming online - reaching 12 gigawatts is an achievement which the industry and the nation can be proud of. But if we're to secure a supply of clean energy for the long term future, we need all the mainstream political parties to support the wind industry onshore and offshore in the General Election and beyond." 

Source RenewableUK




         More than a quarter of UK homes powered by wind in 2014 January 5th 2015

                  RenewableUK is highlighting new official statistics from National Grid which show that record amounts of clean electricity were generated by wind power in 2014.

 Wind generated enough electricity to supply the needs of more than 6.7 million UK households last year, a 15% increase on the amount generated in 2013 ( up from 24.5 terawatt hours to 28.1 TWh in 2014) - just over 25% of all UK homes all year round.

Wind farms feeding into the grid, as well as single turbines connected to local networks, provided 9.3% of the UK's total electricity supply in 2014, up from 7.8% in 2013.

 Other records were broken in December, with a new monthly high of 14% of all UK electricity generated by wind, beating the previous record of 13% set in December 2013, as well as a new quarterly record of 12% of electricity from wind in the last three months of 2014, breaking the previous record of 11% set in Q1 of the same year.

 RenewableUK's Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said; "It's great to start 2015 with some good news about the massive quantities of clean electricity we're now generating from wind, with new records being set month after month, quarter after quarter and year on year, as we increase our capacity to harness one of Britain's best natural resources.

"We're now into a General Election Year so we know that the political temperature is set to carry on rising over the next few months. The cost of energy has become an important political issue, so now would be  good time for voters, prospective parliamentary candidates and MP's to take account of the fact that onshore wind is the cheapest form of renewable energy we have at our fingertips. so, if we are serious about cutting bills, and securing an indigenous supply of clean power, all parties need to support it in the months ahead."

Source RenewableUK



       Official figures show outstanding October for wind energy November 5th 2014

                  New figures from the National Grid for October show that wind power smashed more energy generation records, contributing even more to the UK's clean energy electricity mix.

Wind energy hit a record high providing a 24% daily share of the UK's electricity needs on the 20th of October, beating the previous record of 22% set in August. Wind energy's share of the monthly electricity mix was also 12.3%, which easily beat last October's share of 8%, and comes very close to the December record of 13%

The new peak "half hour" record was also repeatedly broken. At the start of October the record high was 7,920 megawatts (MW). This was broken over a number of days and now stands at an astonishing high of 8,100MW, enough to power 17 million homes at the times of generation.

In addition, the official statistics show that wind power generated more than nuclear power for 11 full days over October, with the longest period being between the 17th-24th.

RenewableUK's Director of External Affairs, Jennifer Webber, said: These figures shine a light on the full extent of wind's powerful performance over October, to beat nuclear for seven days straight, and 11 days overall in a month, is unprecedented. We saw August set new records for generation and October has followed hot on its heels."

Source RenewableUK


             
                Wind power steps in when nuclear and gas go offline October 20th 2014

                  Strong wind speeds over the weekend contributed significantly to the UK's electricity supply as nuclear reactors remained offline and a large gas plant was suddenly hit by fire.

Wind power set a new record on Sunday by providing 24% of the UK's electricity supply for the entire day. The previous record stood at 22% of the total generation in August this year.

Wind's consistently strong performance saw it outperform nuclear power from Friday evening throughout the whole weekend and into Monday morning. This also led to a number of coal plants being taken offline as they were surplus to requirements.

Wind power set a new peak record of generating 7,998 megawatts ( MW) over a half-hour period at midday on Saturday once local turbines were factored in, according to National Grid statistics. That is the equivalent of of powering 178 million homes, based on average consumption in October.
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                 SEA writes to Newark and Sherwood Councillors October 16th 2014

                   SEA has written to thank  the four Newark and Sherwood councillors who voted in support of the Fox Covert wind farm application at the recent planning meeting at Kelham hall, Newark. We feel that it is important to recognise their support for the scheme and for wind power in general.


                           
                         SEA give an interview on Radio Lincolnshire October 6th 2014

               Jonathan gave a short interview on Radio Lincolnshire on onshore wind energy, this follows the meeting from David Cameron who visited Lincolnshire and who was critical of wind power.


             
                                Fox Covert wind farm refused consent October 13th 2014

                  At the planning meeting on Oct 7th, Newark and Sherwood District Council decided to refuse consent by nine votes to four, for the four turbine Fox Covert wind farm, mainly on the grounds that it would harm cultural heritage,

The Planning Officer had earlier concluded that the landscape had the capacity for both the Fox Covert and Hawton wind farm ( which had last week been approved) without unacceptable cumulative landscape and visual impacts.

Refusal for the wind farm was disappointing and was absolutely the wrong decision. In our opinion a number the councillors had made up their minds long before the planning meeting. No one was allowed to speak in favour of the application, though a number of people gave short presentations in opposition.

No mention was given to the fact that 354 letters of support, were collected from the people of Newark in July of last year and submitted to the Planning Officer. From this it would appear that the views of local who support wind power have little or no relevance when it comes to Newark and Sherwood councillors.

We understand that the developer will appeal against  the decision and given the grounds for refusal, believe that  this appeal will be successful.

Thank you to all those that  turned out on the day to show their support, it is much appreciated !

News of further developments will appear on the SEA site when available.



                Fox Covert planning meeting - new date Oct 7th 2014 October 3rd 2014

                We have at last confirmation for the deferred Fox Covert wind farm planning meeting, it will now be on Tuesday Oct 7th. The meeting starts at 10.00 in the Council Chamber, Kelham Hall, Newark NG23 5QX. If you are able to show your support for the application, please arrive by 09.45.

               We fully believe that the ruling to give consent to the nearby Hawton application makes the case to approve Fox Covert more compelling

              SEA has again written to councillors on the planning committee calling for them to grant consent and cited the fact that Hawton was approved.

              Though no one is allowed to speak at the meeting, it is essential that as many people as possible who support the wind farm are present to show the planning authority that local people are saying yes !

             If you would like to attend or wish for further information about the meeting, please contact Jonathan on Mo 07515 945146. Please bring any pro wind / climate change banners - thank you !



              Hawton wind farm approved by Secretary of State October 1st 2014

            After waiting some 18 months for a decision by the Secretary of State, the three turbine Hawton wind farm application, south of Newark on Trent has been given the green light. This really is fantastic news for all concerned in supporting the scheme.

We believe that the Hawton decision shows acceptability of wind turbines of this scale in the area, the Planning Inspector found this and her view was also endorsed by the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles.

Importantly, when considering the Hawton application, the Newark and Sherwood planning officer has concluded that the landscape has the capacity for both Fox Covert and Hawton, without unacceptable cumulative landscape and visual impacts.

The Planning Inspector found that the Hawton turbines would not harm the setting of the Mary Magdelene church, Newark, so that its setting would be preserved, furthermore, the Inspector did not agree that the road bridge was an important viewpoint as its views were restricted.

 We are hopeful that the construction of the Hawton will farm will take place as soon as possible.


    

             Fox Covert wind farm planning meeting deferred September 11th 2014

             The planning meeting to determine the Fox Covert Wind Farm application has been deferred until Oct.

            The nearby Hawton Wind Farm application ( south of Newark-on-Trent) has been waiting for 18 months for Eric Pickles the Secretary of State for Communities to make a decision and just prior to the Fox Covert planning meeting, it was announced that a decision on the Hawton application would be given on September 18th, as this would influence the outcome of the Fox Covert scheme, it was decided by Newark an Sherwood Planning Authority to move the planning meeting to October.

          A good few local  people turned out in support of the Fox Covert application on the 11th and there was a sense of disappointment that a decision would be delayed. The supporters displayed pro wind banners and made sure that members of the planning authority were aware that we were saying yes to the scheme, a short interview was also given to the media, who were in attendance. There was no sign of any anti wind campaigners on the day.

         Once a date for the deferred planning meeting for Fox Covert has been confirmed, further information will appear on this website.


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                          Fox Covert wind farm planning meeting September 8th 2014 

            Newark and Sherwood District Council Planning Committee is expected to make a decision at their meeting on Tuesday 9th September. The meeting starts at 4pm in the Council Chamber, Kelham Hall, Newark. NG23 5QX. If you are able to attend to show your  support for the wind farm, please arrive by 3.45pm.

The Fox Covert wind  farm, if built will be sited south of Newark-on-Tent, it will number 4 turbines, have an installed capacity of up to 10MW and meet the demands each year of over 5,000 homes. This will contributing to local and national renewable energy and carbon emission targets.

 SEA has lobbied the 15 local councillors that will make up the planning committee and urged them to give the application the green light.

As part of a  campaign last year, 354 letters of support were collected from local people in Newark over a period of just two days and submitted to the local planning authority. This clearly shows the level of support for the application and should be considered by the planning authority when make a decision.at the meeting on the 9th.



   
  Sustainable Energy Alliance lobby Newark and Sherwood councillors September 5th 2014

                          SEA has written to all of the 13 Newark and Sherwood Planning Committee councillors urging then to give their support to the proposed Fox Covert wind farm.     

In the letter, Jonathan cited the recently published United Nations report on how to curb climate change, which said that "The world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels and called for a trebling of the planets use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.        

 The report also argued that human action was the primary cause of global warming and that the impacts of climate change are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible".   Following the report,  RSPB Scotland called for a redoubling of our efforts to tackle climate change.

The letter went on to say that all renewables and especially wind power had a vital role to play in our energy mix and must be supported at a local and national level, if we were seriously to address climate change. It also said that the UK had a commitment to legally binding carbon emission and renewable  energy targets and that consent for the Fox Covert wind farm will show that Newark and Sherwood District Council take these commitments together with the threat from climate change seriously.


   Sustainable Energy Alliance lobby Eric Pickles - Sec of State for Communities    
     September 4th 2014


                    SEA has written to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities, expressing grave concerns with regards to the number of wind farm applications that are being called in and the high proportion of these that are being ruled against.

 The letter went on to make clear the high levels of public support for wind farms, as shown in many independent polls and that this must be considered  when deciding on wind farm applications  giving greater representation to the silent majority that fully support wind power.

The letter was also copied to the following - David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband, Sir Peter Tapsell MP, Victoria Atkins, Matthew Brown, Kris Hopkins, Ed Davey and Matthew Hancock.



        SEA writes to columnist Caitlin Moran to say thank you ! August 26th 2014 

                    Jonathan  has written to Caitlin Moran to say thank you for her excellent article supporting wind power, which appeared in the times...



                 New record high: 22% of UK electricity from wind August 18th 2014

                   RenewableUK says a record high of 22% of the UK's electricity was generated by wind on Sunday (17th August), beating the previous 24-hour record
of 21% set earlier this month ( Monday 11th August). Before that, the record stood at 20%, set on 20th December 2013.

The UK's onshore and offshore wind turbines generated an average of 5,797 megawatts (MW) on Sunday - enough to power more than 15 million homes at this time of year, according to statistics from National Grid.

RenewableUK's Director of External Affairs, Jennifer Webber, said: "We're seeing very high levels of generation form wind throughout August so far, proving yet again that onshore and offshore wind has become an absolutely fundamental component in this county's energy mix  It also shows that wind is a dependable and reliable source of power in every month of the year - including high summer'"

On Sunday 17th August, wind was generating a greater proportion of the UK's electricity needs than coal ( which was providing 13%), solar (3%), biomass (3%), and hydro (1%) Nuclear generated 24% and gas 26%

Notes:
22% = 17% metered wind ( turbines feeding directly into the high voltage grid) + 5% embedded wind ( turbines feeding into local networks)

22% is the highest proportion of the UK's electricity needs ever generated from wind over a 24-hour period (5,797MW average over the 24-hour period on Sunday 17th August) The highest ever average amount of electricity generated from wind over a 24-hour period stands at 7,234MW -  a record set on 3rd January 2013

Source RenewableUK



SEA writes to Victoria Atkins ( Conservative) and Matthew Brown (Labour) the
            new Parliamentary Candidates for Louth and Horncastle August 1st 2014

               SEA has written to both of the new Parliamentary candidates for Louth and Horncastle ( Victoria Atkins - Conservative and Matthew Brown - Labour) asking for their assurance that they will represent the silent majority when it comes to supporting wind power in Lincolnshire.

              More on their responses to follow......



New research shows politicians opposing wind farms a turn-off for voters July 21st 2014

              New independent research from ComRes - commissioned by RenewableUK -shows that political parties that oppose onshore wind development are likely to lose twice as many voters as they gain. In the 40 most marginal Lab-Con constituencies that margin doubles. with parties opposing onshore wind losing four times more voters than they attract.

The opinion poll research revealed that of those surveyed :

* 30% of Britain's would be less likely to vote for a party that proposed to halt the deployment of further onshore wind schemes, with only 15% being more likely to.
* Supporters of Conservative , Labour and the Liberal Democrats are all turned off by an anti-onshore wind attitude: voters of all three parties would be less likely to vote for a party which was anti-onshore wind than would be more likely.
* In the 40 most marginal Conservative/Labour constituencies, nearly four times as many people would be turned off by an anti-onshore wind party, with 39% saying they would be less likely to vote for a national party which  blocked further development, and just 10% being more likely to.

The findings became even clearer once people were made aware of reports suggesting that household bills may need to rise if renewable targets are to be met through other means, as suggested by the Royal Academy of Engineering earlier  this year. Five times more voters are likely to prefer  the continued development of onshore wind compared to halting all further projects and bill rises ( 85% vs 15%)

In contrast, local candidates for election who are in favour of the development of onshore wind are likely to see a boost in their support. Almost a quarter of adults ( 23%) said they would be more likely to support such a candidate, in comparison to just 16% who would be less likely to. The margin again grows in th e40 most marginal Conservative/Labour seats to 23% and 12% respectively.

Source RenewableUK



          UK wind gets less aid than coal and gas for regulating supply July 16th 2014

               Payments to stop UK wind farms overloading the grid accounted for 4 percent of the sum handed out to all power suppliers while traditional generators such as coal-fired plants got most of the money.

Wind farms received  £7.6million of the £170million pound cost including payments to generators to balance the country's demand and supply in the financial year 2012-2013  National Grid data shows. The money compensates generators including SSE PLC and Electricite de France ( EDF) for shutting down wind output in strong gusts and boosting production from gas and coal plants when supply is tight.

Aid to wind farms has come under fire from opponents of the energy source, who say consumers are being forced to pay for a technology that's both inefficient and a blot on the countryside. The cost of balancing power to the grid, of which constraint payments are a small share adds two percent to household energy bills, the data shows.

Constraint payments to wind farms declined from £34million pounds in 2011-2012, when they amounted to 10 percent of overall payments, the data shows. The National Grid said they couldn't provide a breakdown of the other recipients, while most constraint  costs relate to fossil-fuel generators, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change ( DECC).

"The number and relative value of constraint payments made to wind farms is small compared to the overall constraint payments" National Grid said by e-mail in response to questions from Bloomberg News.

Payments also go to fossil-fuel plants, pumped storage and interconnectors. Conventional generators are sometimes required to pay National Grid when they reduce power supply and the net figure for total constraint payments reflects those conditions.

"It's important to set these payments in their proper context" said Jennifer Webber, director of external affairs at industry group RenewableUK. "Maintaining a steady supply of electricity to ensure our homes are heated and that the lights stay on, costs money as the National Grid has to balance the supply constantly."

Source Bloomberg News.


               Gwynt-Y-Mor: Final turbines installed at wind farm July 2nd 2014

        The final turbines have been installed at Gwynt-Y-Mor - completing the world second largest offshore wind farm

The final three blades were installed on the 160th turbine in the early hours of Saturday morning using the A2SEA jack-up vessel SEA JACK.

All 160 Siemens 3.8 megawatt (MW) are now in place in Liverpool Bay at the RWE Innogy owned site 10 miles off Llandudno.

Gwynt-Y-Mor is a £2bn offshore wind farm and will be capable of generating enough energy from renewable sources to power the equivalent of 400,000 homes - around the third of the total number of households in Wales.

It will see the creation of 100 long term jobs at Mostyn Port to maintain the wind farm.

RWE Innogy UK's Gwynt-Y-Mor Project Director Toby Edmunds said;" This is another tremendous milestone for Gwynt-Y-Mor and brings to an end a further chapter in its construction.

"The first of the 160 turbines was installed in May 2013, with t he hundredth constructed offshore at the end of November the same year."

"To have achieved the installation of all 160 turbines in just over a year is a credit to the excellent cooperation and good working relationships between our project team, A2SEA and Siemens."

"Our focus now turns to completing array cabling and commissioning all 160 turbines to ensure the wind farm is fully operational over Winter."

Gwynt-Y-Mor's turbine installation programme was carried out from the Port of Mostyn in north Wales with components - turbine towers in two sections, nacelles, hubs and blades - arriving by roll-on, roll-off ferry from Siemens factory in Brande, Denmark.

Siemens Managing Director, Offshore Wind UK, Clark MacFarlane, said: `This is a significant milestone for this project and our thanks go all the team on site for its achievement. It also represents an important step in strengthening the role of offshore wind and is helping the UK achieve its CO2 reduction targets." 

CEO at A2SEA, Jens Frederick Hansen, said: I am very happy to announce that SEA JACK has installed the final turbines at Gwynt-Y-Mor.

"We would like to spend special thanks and congratulations to the entire team behind the operation for a smooth project operation as well as an outstanding safety performance."

"This includes both the crew on the vessels, the project team and of course our good colleagues and collaborators at RWE Innogy and Siemens Wind Power."

"The construction of Gwynt-Y-Mor to date, has enabled the injection of over £400m in to the UK supply chain, created and secured employment for over 2,500 people in the UK."

"At the same time, North Wales Communities have been consulted on how to most usefully invest in £19m in community funding over the wind farms working lifetime. This is in addition to the £690,000 Tourism Fund."

Source Daily Post N. Wales

Jonathan Lincoln, coordinator of Sustainable Energy Alliance ( SEA) which actively  supported the project over three years, together with asssitance FOE Cymru and WWF Cymru said, this really is a day of celebration for Wales and the UK and also those that worked so tirelessly to ensure that the wind farm was given consent.

 The construction of Gwynt-Y-Mor is a huge step to meeting  our international legally biding carbon emission and renewable energy targets We look forward very much to the Winter when the wind farm will be fully operational.. 




                SEA celebrates 9 years of pro wind campaigning May 10th 2014

           This month marks nine years since SEA was founded back in 2005 in Llandudno, many thanks must go to all those that have helped the group with its proactive campaigning  in support of wind power across the UK, without your valuable support we would not have achieved so much - thank you !

                           £310m invested in UK wind turbines  March 25th 2014
 
            Manufacturing giant Siemens and the UK's Associated British Ports are to invest a total of £310m in UK wind turbine factories, creating 1,000 jobs.
 
Siemens will put up £160m - doubling its previous plans to invest £80m in wind turbine production in the UK.
 
The investment is being made across two locations - the Green Port project in Hull, and a second manufacturing facility in Paull in East Yorkshire.
 
Siemens said the UK "recognises the potential of offshore wind energy."
 
"We invest in markets with reliable conditions that can ensure that factories can work to capacity." said Michael Suess, head of Siemens energy sector.
 
"The British energy policy creates a favourable framework for the expansion of offshore wind energy. In particular, it recognises the potential of offshore wind energy within the portfolio of energy production."
 
Associated British Ports, which is collaborating with Siemens on the Green Port development in Hull, is investing £150m in the project.
 
The combined investment of £310m is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs directly - 300 more than previously announced - plus additional jobs in construction and through the supply chain.
 
The Green Port facility will construct, assemble and service offshore wind turbines, while the second Siemens site in Paull will be used to manufacture the 75-metre rotor blades.
 
Energy Secretary Ed Davey said the investment demonstrated the UK was "backing enterprise with better infrastructure and lower taxes."
 
"This deal is excellent news for the people of Hull and the Humber,the UK, the wind industry, and our energy security," he said.
Source BBC News Business.
 

 
New wind energy record shows renewables are vital in the UK
                                                                                                                                               March 4th 2014      
 
                  Wind energy generated a new record monthly high of 11% of the UK's electricity in February, producing 2,750,086MWh ( meggawatt hours) - enough to power more than six and a half million homes.
 
Official National Grid figures show that wind is playing and increasingly important role in our electricity mix - the previous monthly record ( 10% of the UK's electricity from wind) was set in December, which broke a record set in October.
 
A number of other records have been set in the strong winds of the past few months: on 31st January, wind generated an all-time half-hour high of 6,215MW (megawatts), and on 23rd February wind supplied a daily record of 17% of UK electricity demand.
 
RenewableUK's Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said: "The need to develop a secure, home-grown supply of electricity in a cost-effective way is at the forefront of people's minds right now, so it's good to see wind energy consistently ticking all the right boxes, month after month.
 
To meet the energy needs of homes and businesses throughout the UK, it's vtal that we keep on harnessing one of Britain's best natural resources. This makes us less reliant on expensive imported energy from volatile international markets."
 
Source RenewableUK
 

 Record breaking month for wind energy January 2nd 2014   
 
 
               December 2013 was a record-breaking period for wind power in the UK, with more electricity generated from wind than in any other month. A slew of other records were shattered too, including the amount of electricity in a week and the percentage of electricity supplied by wind in a single month compared to other forms of power generation, which was higher than ever before.
During December, a total of 2,841,080 megawatt hours ( MWh) of electricity were generated by wind power for the National Grid - enough to power more than 5.7 million British homes - at a time of year which traditionally sees a high demand for electricity. Overall, wind power supplied 10% of Britain's total electricity demand for homes, businesses and factories.

Over the course of one week ( starting on Monday 16th December), wind generated a record 783,886 MWh  - the highest ever for a seven day period - providing 13% of Britain's total electricity needs for that week.

The Saturday before Christmas (21st December) , one of the busiest shopping days of the year, saw a record daily amount of electricity produced from wind, with 132,812 MWh generated, 17% of the nations total electricity demand that day.


 
       Major offshore wind industrial project gets the go-ahead
                                                                                 December 18th 2013 
RenewableUK says today's government announcement granting final planning permission for a huge industrial base for the offshore wind sector on the east coast of England is a significant step forward which could lead to the creation of thousands of jobs.

The £450 million project, Able Marine Energy Park, which covers nearly 800 acres of the south bank of the Humber, has the potential to create up to 4,000 high-quality jobs supplying components for offshore wind turbines, as well as providing an assembly and installation base for North Sea projects.

RenewableUK's Deputy Chief Executive , Maf Smith, said " This is a real cause for celebration in this season of good cheer, not just for the Able Marine Energy Park, but for the whole of the offshore wind sector in the UK. It is testament to a continuing sense of long term confidence in the offshore wind sector, which is at the very heart of our green energy future."

"This announcement could be the catalyst for further investment in the region. Alongside recent announcements in Grimsby,  this shows how offshore wind is bringing real opportunities to regions like the Humber."

He added, "Offshore wind, and the supply chain it is building, could create thousands of green-collar jobs to coastline communities , in areas where they are needed most."
Source RenewableUK press release


        
    
        Gwynt Y Mor installs the 100th turbine November 29th 2013
 
                The 100th turbine has been installed at the 576MW Gwynt-Y-Mor offshore wind farm.
 
The century was notched up at the site off the coast of north Wales in the early hours of this morning by A2Sea jack-up vessel Seajack.
 
RWE project manager Toby Edmonds said "We have reached another major milestone with the installation of the 100th wind turbine this morning. Turbine installation started in May, so we have reached 100 in just six months, a fantastic achievement and we can now start counting down to completion next year."
 
The 2 Billion Euro wind farm is on schedule to become fully operational in 2014. Construction to date has enabled the injection of more than £350m into the UK supply chain.
Source Renewable Energy News.
 

                Gwynt Y Mor offshore wind farms starts
                           electricity generation August 31st 2013
 
              The Gwynt Y Mor offshore wind farm has officially generated and exported electricity for the first time
 
The 2 billion Euro project off the north Wales coast is a joint venture between RWE Innogy, and Stadtwerke Munchen GmbH, at Siemens.
 
Gwynt Y Mor consists of 160 turbines and will have an installed capacity of 576MW, once it is fully operational, which is scheduled for 2014, and will become the world's second largest operational offshore windfarm. 
 
Project director Toby Edmunds, said: "This is a remarkable day."
 
"Gwynt Y Mor has celebrated a number of significant achievements within the industry throughout its construction to date, but this tops them all."
 
Clark Macfarlane, Siemens managing director, UK offshore wind power, added: "This is a very important milestone for one of Europe's largest windfarms."
 
"The industry is continuing to develop as this and other major developments come to fruition."
Source Utility Week
 
                   Sustainable Energy Alliance (SEA), actively campaigned in support of this project over a period of four years and as part of this campaign, together with the assistance of Friends of the Earth Cymru, collected close to 5000 letters, from residents of Llandudno and visitors, backing the application.
 
SEA also took the pro wind message to the House of Commons, The Welsh Assembly Government and the summit of Snowdon, where a banner calling for consent of the application was unfurled. The environmental group also lobbied politicians and the media at a local and national level.
 
Group coordinator Jonathan Lincoln, who founded SEA, said " he is delighted that this wind farm has now begun to generate electricity and it will become a landmark for north Wales and symbol of positive and vital change." He added: sincere thanks must go to all those that campaigned tirelessly in support of this wind farm, this is a day of celebration."
 

 
                   SEA celebrates eight years ! May 20th 2013
 
           Sustainable Energy Alliance celebrates the eighth anniversary of its founding in May 2005. In that time the pro wind campaign group has achieved many things and would like to thank all those that have given their valuable time and energy in support of wind power across the UK. The campaign group was founded by environmentalist in Llandudno in north Wales, primarily to back the proposed 160 turbine Gwynt-Y-Mor offshore wind farm, which is currently being constructed.
 

 
          First turbine installed at Gwynt-Y-Mor May 17th 2013
 
                  The first of 160 turbines has now been installed at the Gwynt-Y-Mor offshore wind farm eight miles off the north Wales coast
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With a planned capacity of 576 megawatts, Gwynt-Y-Mor, is one of the largest offshore wind farms currently in construction in Europe and is the largest project by RWE npower renewables.The installation of the turbine marks a major milestone in the construction of the £2bn wind farm which, once fully operational, will be capable of generating enough energy from the wind to power around one third of the total number of households in Wales.
 
The 3.6 megawatt Siemens turbine was fitted in Liverpool Bay, using the SeaJack vessel.
 
Turbine installation is being carried out from the Port of Mostyn in Flintshire which has undergone extensive redevelopment to accommodate the new construction base. Through further multi-million pound investment, the port will also become the long-term operations and maintenance base for the wind farm, creating more than 100 jobs, once Gwynt-Y- Mor is completed next year.
 
Sustainable Energy Alliance, campaigned in support of the project for three years and in that time lobbied politicians at a local and nation level, the Department for Energy and Climate Change ( DECC), The Welsh Assembly Government, Conwy Council, Welsh MP's /MEP's and  took the campaign to Cardiff, The House of Commons and the summit of Snowdon. The group also had a strong presence at planning and public meetings for the application, SEA also made a formal complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) concerning a number of claims in materials published by Save Our Scenery ( SOS) the group that campaigned unsuccessfully against the wind farm, all six of the complaints were upheld by the Adjudicating Officer of the ASA and the group were told not to use the materials again.
      
SEA together with assistance of FOE Cymru also submitted nearly 5000 letters of support, completed by local people and visitors to the area, calling  for the application to be given the green light. Gwynt Y Mor was given consent by DECC in December 2008.

 
         Professor Sir John Beddington warns of floods,           
                           droughts and storms March 28th 2013
 
                            The UK government's chief scientist has said that there is already enough CO2 in the atmosphere for there to be more floods and droughts over the next 25 years.
 
Professor Sir John Beddington said there was a "need for urgency" in tackling climate change. and that the later governments left it, the harder it would be to combat.
 
He made his comments in the final week of his tenure as the government's chief scientific advisor.
 
"The (current) variation we are seeing in temperature or rainfall is double the rate of the average. That suggests that we are going to have more droughts, we are going to have more floods, we are going to have more sea surges and we are going to have more storms."
 
more to follow.......
 
         Windfarm sickness spreads by word of mouth,      
                          Australian study finds April 18th 2013
                                 Health complaints from people living around wind turbines
                        shown to be psychological effect of anti-wind lobby making people worry
 
Sickness being attributed to wind turbines is more likely to have been caused by people getting alarmed at health warnings circulated by activists, an Australian study has found.
 
Complaints of illness were far more prevalent in communities targeted by anti-windfarm groups, said the report's author, Simon Chapman, professor of public health at Sydney University. His report concludes that illnesses being blamed on windfarms are more likely caused by psychological effect of suggestions that the turbines make people ill, rather than by the turbines themselves.
 
"If windfarms were intrinsically unhealthy or dangerous in some way, we would expect to see complaints applying to all of them, but in fact there is a large number where there have been no complaints at all," Chapman said.
 
The report, which is the first study of the history of complaints about windfarms in Australia, found that 63% had never been subject to health or noise complaints. In the state of Western Australia, where there are 13 windfarms, there have been no complaints.
 
The study shows that the majority of complaints (68%) have come from residents near five windfarms  that have been heavily targeted by opponent groups. The report says that more than 80% of complaints about health and noise began after 2009 when the groups "began to add health concerns to their wider opposition."
 
"In the preceding years, health or noise complaints were rare, despite large and small turbined wind farms having operated for many years," it says.
 
According to Chapman, when windfarms started being built in Australia about 20 years ago, some of the anti-wind lobby was driven by people who simply did not like the look of them.
 
"Then in 2009, things started ramping up and these people discovered if you started saying it was a health problem, a lot more people would sit up and pay attention. It's essentially a sociological phenomenon," he said.
 
Giving the illness a name like "wind turbine syndrome" and vibro-acoustic disease" had been a key feature in its spread, Chapman said. He accepted that some people genuinely felt ill, but where you set an expectation in people that something in their environment is noxious, that can translate into an expression of symptoms."
 
Chapman said that if windfarms did genuinely make people ill, there would now be a large body of medical evidence that would preclude putting them near inhabited areas. Eighteen reviews of the research literature on wind turbines and health published since 2003 had all reached the broad conclusion that there was very little evidence they were directly harmful to health.
 
Chapman cited a recent New Zealand study that exposed 60 healthy volunteers to both real and fake low-frequency noise similar to what is produced by wind turbines and is sometimes known as infrasound. Half of the volunteers were shown television documentaries about health problems associated with wind turbines before they listened to the low-frequency noise; the other half were not. They were played a mixture of noises. Those who had seen the videos about the adverse effects reported high levels of symptoms whether exposed to genuine or fake audio samples.
 

 
                SEA writes to anti wind farm MP's December 4th 2012
 
        Jonathan, on behalf of SEA wrote to all of the 100 MP's who earlier this year signed an anti wind farm letter addressed to David Cameron, informing them of the recent ASA adjudication made against Anglesey Against Wind Turbines (AAWT). A copy of the ruling was also sent. SEA believes that many of the claims made by AAWT, which were all found by the ASA to be misleading or unsubstantiated, are commonly used by other anti wind groups.
 

 
                       ****BREAKING NEWS ****
 
Sustainable Energy Alliance / Ynys Mon Friends Of the Earth  
      ASA complaint against AAWT - ruling made November 28th 2012
 
                       In February of this year, a joint formal complaint by Sustainable Energy Alliance (SEA) and Ynys Mon Friends of the Earth, was submitted to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)  against materials produced by Anglesey Against Wind Turbines (AAWT). A ruling by the ASA, the independent body which polices the rules laid down in the advertising codes was made this week.
 
Among the claims deemed by the ASA to be misleading were that "Onshore wind turbines are grossly inefficient", "That they are the most expensive form of renewable energy", "That low frequency noise from wind farm affects health" and "That "turbines do not create local jobs". AAWT's claims regarding the likely impact on tourism and extent of community benefit, were also classed as "unsubstantiated."
 
  All eleven claims made by the Anglesey Against Wind Turbines were ruled as 
                      "misleading" or "unsubstantiated" by the ASA.
 
Owing to the various breaches of the CAP code, the ASA has ordered that the claims must not appear again in their current form and to ensure that  they held appropriate substantiation for the claims made in their advertising.
 
SEA group coordinator Jonathan Lincoln said, "We are obviously delighted by the conclusions reached by the ASA council. By upholding the complaints made against AAWT, the ASA have underlined the importance of substantiated, factual information being made available to the public, so that the people are able to make truly informed decisions about wind power in north Wales."
 
He added " The ASA's ruling must surely bring into question the validity of AAWT's arguments against wind power and the submission put forward by AAWT to Anglesey County Council, who are currently looking at the planning process for wind power applications on the island. As such, we believe that any petitions submitted to the council by AAWT should be deemed inadmissible since the signatories have clearly been mislead."
 
Rick Mills, Secretary of Ynys Mon Friends of the Earth said, "We welcome this important ruling, made by a well respected, independent body. Hopefully people will now realise just how misleading AAWT's campaigning has been. We can only hope that in finalising their Supplementary Planning Guidance on onshore wind energy, Anglesey Council will not give in to scaremongering and will recognise the benefits of wind energy as a low-carbon form of electricity generation."
 
A copy of the ASA report together with the leaflet produced by AAWT will be sent to Anglesey County Council as well as to the Welsh Government and any relevant authorities. Press releases have also been issued to local and national media.
 
The full ASA adjudication can be seen at www.asa.org.uk from Wednesday November 28th 2012
 
 
 

 
 
   SEA writes to Nick Clegg MP and ED Davey MP October 5th 2012  
                    Jonathan on behalf of SEA has sent letters to Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, and Ed Davey, Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, thanking them for their support for renewable energy, including wind power, at the recent Liberal Democrats conference. The letter went on to say that it was good to see politicians backing wind power and who had not been taken in by the often misleading and unsubstantiated claims used by those that oppose wind.
 
 

 
   Objections dropped to wind farm off Aberdeen October 3rd 2012  
                  Several organizations have dropped opposition to plans for an 11 turbine wind farm off Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire golf course. The £230m project is a joint venture by utility company Vattenfall, engineering firm Technip and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (Areg).
 
The Ministry of Defence ( MoD), National Air Traffic Services ( Nats), Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and RSPB Scotland have agreed conditions.
 
European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) spokesman Iain Todd said :" The removal of a number of objections is another significant step forward for the scheme." He added " The EOWDC partners hope for a green light on its consent application from the Scottish government later this year."
 
Source BBC News NE Scotland
 

 
"Hundreds of problems" at EU nuclear plants October 3rd 2012        
        
                 Hundreds of problems have been found at European nuclear plants that would cost 25bn Euros (£20bn) to fix, says a leaked report. The report, commissioned after Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, aimed to see how Europe's nuclear power stations would cope during extreme emergencies.
 
The final report is to be published on Thursday, the draft says that nearly all of the EU's 143 nuclear plants need improving. Anti nuclear groups say the report's warnings don't go far enough.
 
The report - the wording of which could change before Thursday's final version is published - points out that in the EU, 47 nuclear plants with 111 reactors have more than 100,000 inhabitants living within a circle of 30km
 
"On the basis of the stress test results practically all (nuclear plants) need to undergo safety improvements," says the leaked draft. "Hundreds of  technical upgrade measures have already been identified."
 
"Following the accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, urgent measures to protect nuclear plants were agreed. The stress tests demonstrated that even today, decades later, their implementation is still pending in some member states."
Four reactors in two unnamed countries would have less than a hour to restore safety functions if electrical power was lost, it adds.
 
In France, Europe's largest nuclear power producer which relies on 58 nuclear reactors for up to 80% of its electricity, specific failings were found an all 58 nuclear reactors.
 
While the stress test found deficiencies in many of Europe's nuclear reactors, campaigners say they failed to address risks in crucial areas, such as aging technology, terrorist attack or human error.
 
 
Source BBC News - Europe.
 

 
Wylfa nuclear plant : No French-Chinese consortium bid
          October 3rd 2012
       
         A French Chinese consortium has dropped its bid to build an £8Bn nuclear power station on Anglesey.
 
The Horizon project to build new reactors at Wylfa and Oldbury, Gloucestershire, was put up for sale by German owned E.ON and RWE in March. Areva and Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding (CGNPC) did not submit a bid by Friday's deadline, saying their interest was "suspended"
 
An Areva spokesperson said " I can now tell you that Areva and CGNPC have suspended their interest in the planned sale of Horizon Nuclear Power and did not submit a bid".
 
The Horizon joint venture was set up in 2009 to build new nuclear plants to replace the 40 year old Magnox reactors at Wylfa and Oldbury.E.ON and RWE pulled out in March, blaming the global economic crisis and Germany's decision to phase out nuclear power in the aftermath of the Fukushima accident in Japan.
 
Wylfa is the only Magnox site still generating electricity, following the closure of Oldbury in Gloucestershire in February.  Power generation at Wylfa's Reactor No 1 was stopped on Sunday due to a problem with refueling work, no return to service date has been indicated. 
 
 Source BBC News North West Wales October 3rd 2012
 

 
UK tops 5GW of onshore installed wind capacity September 26th 2012
                     
                      The UK has topped 5 Giggawatt of installed onshore wind capacity. RenewableUK said the milestone was reached with the operation of AES wind's Drone Hill wind farm on the Scottish Borders.
 
RenewableUK Chief Executive Maria McCaffery said she "Was delighted the 5GW landmark had been achieved" and added" The benefits of onshore wind for the community, bill payer, workers and the environment are well understood with 2 out of 3 of the public supporting wind power."
 

ASA Adjudication on the Trump Organisation PLC and Communities Against Turbines ( CATS)
                                                                                                                   September 20th 2012 
 
                   Three complaints by Scottish Power Renewables against Donald Trump and Communities Against Turbines (CATS) to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) were this week upheld - 
                   The regional press advert for Communities Against Turbines Scotland , was headed "Welcome to Scotland !" above a photograph of broken and rusty wind turbines. Text beneath it stated "Alex Salmond wants to build 8,750 of these monstrosities - just think about it ! Join us for a march and rally on.....,
              Scottish Renewables and two readers challenged whether
1. The photograph  gave a misleading impression of proposed wind farms in Scotland, because the picture was of a decommissioned wind farm in Hawaii and Scottish regulations prevented turbines from being allowed to deteriorate to the condition shown.
2. The picture and claim "Alex Salmond wants to build 8,750 of these monstrosities", were misleading, because the model of the turbine featured had not been used in Scotland.
3. The claim " Alex Salmond wants to build 8,750 of these monstrosities" was misleading ,because they understood that the proposed number was significantly less.
              All three complaints against the Trump Organisation and CATS were upheld by the ASA and they were told the ad must not appear again in its current form.The ASA told Trump and CATS to ensure that the pictures they used in future ads reflected the types of turbines likely to be used in Scotland, and not to exaggerate the number of turbines likely to be installed or the possible consequences of the Scottish Government's plans to use wind turbines
 
Source The Advertising Standards Authority September 19th 2012
 
 

Donald Trump anti-wind power fundraiser fails
 to get off the ground September 20th 2012
  
                           An anti-wind power fundraiser, featuring Donald Trump has been hit by poor ticket sales and subsequently forcing organiser Chris Heaton-Harris to cancel the event.
 
The initiative was an attempt to move the anti-wind lobbying in the UK up a gear or two. E-mails were sent out to "companies and wealthy individuals" inviting them to dinner on October 6th with tickets priced at £275 each.Guest speaker for the evening was to be Donald Trump, the well known Republican and business tycoon, who was to fly over from New York.
 
Unfortunately for both Mr Heaton-Harris and Donald Trump, due to lack of interest it was cancelled.... 
 
Source - The Guardian online 
 

Green energy to power third of Welsh homes August 16th 2012  
      
  Almost a third of the homes in Wales will be powered by green energy, the company behind a major new wind farm project pledged yesterday.
 
The Siemens offshore substation, which is the latest milestone for the Welsh offshore wind farm Gwynt-Y-Mor, arrived by sea from Belfast. This month saw the start of the laying of foundations and subsea cables for the first of the 160 wind turbines, which will make up the 576MW offshore wind farm
 
Sustainable Energy Alliance, together with Friends of the Earth Cymru, as part of support campaign collected close to 5000 letters from local people and visitors to the area backing the RWE npower project.
 

ASA make a ruling against Anglesey Against Wind Turbines
      August 15th 2012
 
           The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have this week made a ruling against Anglesey Against Wind Turbines (AAWT) for a regional press advert, showing a photograph of several wind turbines in a rolling landscape, a diagram, and with the text "coming to a field near you". A challenge was made that the impression given in the advert by the photograph and the text that accompanied it was misleading and could not be substantiated
         
Whilst AAWT did respond to the the ASA they did not comment on the photograph or text and failed to provide evidence requested by ASA. The ASA concluded that the impression given by the photograph, the diagram and the text had not been substantiated and was misleading
 
The ASA told AAWT the advert must not appear again in its current form and that they must ensure they held substantiation for any direct or implied claims made in their adverts for proposals for future wind turbine developments
 
The ASA are also shortly due to make a judgement on a joint complaint by SEA and Mon a Gwynedd Friends of The Earth against AAWT for a number of claims by the group in a leaflet, which has been used to oppose wind power development on the island. Further information regarding the complaint will be posted on the SEA site when available.
 

SEA writes to Martin Hill June 6th 2012
 
                   SEA has written to Martin Hill, Leader of the Conservative run Lincolnshire County Council, taking issue with his recent anti-wind comments on the BBC News Website and also his opposition to further wind farm developments in the county.
 

 
SEA Lobbies George Osborne, Ed Davey and Tim Yeo June 5th 2012  
 
                 Jonathan, on behalf of SEA has written to George Osborne, urging him not to reduce the financial incentives currently in place to support the wind farm industry. To cut any subsidy would be a grave mistake and threaten not only the very real potential for green jobs in the UK, but also our ability to meet international  legally biding renewable energy and carbon emission reductions targets.
 
SEA believes that it is vital that the government is not taken in by the arguments of those that oppose wind farms and their often misleading and unsubstantiated claims. SEA further believes that those that campaign against wind power are a vociferous minority and do not represent true public opinion, this has been clearly shown in public opinion polls.
 
Letters were also sent to Ed Davey MP and Tim Yeo - Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.
 

     Build more turbines : poll shows public wants more
 wind farms June 4th 2012
  
                  George Osbourne hopes to cut wind turbine subsidies because his MPs fear their constituents oppose them, but a new polling proves their antipathy is hot air.
 
Seven people in ten want more wind farms built across the countryside to meet Britain's energy needs - despite a high profile political backlash which jeopardises their future. The Treasury is considering cuts of up to 25 percent in subsidies for on-shore wind farms after intense lobbying from countryside campaigners and rural Conservative MPs.
 
But a ComRes poll for The Independent reveals surprisingly strong public support for wind farms: 68 per cent of the public believe that new wind farms are "an acceptable price to pay" for greener energy in the future. Younger people are more supportive than older, with almost 80 per cent of those aged between 18 and 44 backing wind farms, compared with 59 per cent of those aged 45 and older.
 
The findings will encourage the Liberal Democrats, traditionally greenest of the three main parties, who are determined the Coalition does not falter in its drive for more renewable energy.
 
The ComRes survey results run counter to recent developments which have seen conservations charities, such as the National Trust and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, come out against the proliferation of wind farms in the countryside.
 
Rob Norris, a spokesman for RenewableUK, the trade association representing the wind industry, said: "This poll is evidence of the true level of support for wind energy in the UK. Although there's a vociferous minority who don't support renewable energy, the better-informed majority understand the benefits."
 
Source The Independent online June 4th 2012

      
Wind power : new poll finds 66% of UK public in favour
        April 19th 2012
 
                       Figures showing public support for wind energy have been  published  on the same day as the launch of a national anti wind campaign. Two thirds of the UK public are in favour of wind power according to a new poll published today.  
 
Overall, 66% of Britons were in favour and just 8% against when asked  " to what extent are you in favour of, or opposed to the use of wind power in the UK" in the Ipsos Mori poll, commissioned by wind trade body Renewable UK.
 
Maria McCaffery, chief executive of RenewableUK, said : It's clear that the majority of those surveyed are supportive of energy from wind  - strongly indicated from our survey results. Wind is an abundant, clean, secure and affordable energy source. It is therefore  not only undemocratic to allow the vocal anti-wind minority to derail the UK's plans for  renewable energy, but also damaging to our economy, undermining investment and jobs that will  help to rebuild communities across the country and put the UK on a path to future economic prosperity."
 
Juliet Davenport, CEO and founder of renewable energy utility company Good Energy, said of the results : "Despite all of the claims and counter claims, the fact is the onshore wind is a reliable, efficient and cost effective way of generating electricity. With so much wind resource available in the UK, it's an energy opportunity that can not be overlooked. It's great to see public opinion recognises that in spite of the  best efforts of some to claim otherwise."
 
Kieth Allott, head of climate change at WWF UK, said that David Cameron should use a planned keynote speech next week to make clear the UK government's commitment to renewable energy. " All technologies must be sensitively sited , but polls consistently show that people are far more concerned about nuclear and fossil fuel power stations - it is about time that the media debate reflected that. It's a real shame that the government is giving out such mixed messages on renewables which are seriously  impacting investor confidence. Today we heard   the news that Doosan Power Systems are scrapping their investment plans, just weeks after General Electric said their plans to invest in wind power in the UK were on hold due to UK ministers dithering on reform to the energy market."
 
Source - The Guardian
 

 
                RSPB HQ wind turbine plans revealed  April 20th 2012
 
                       The RSPB has announced plans for a 100 metre high wind turbine at its UK headquarters to help reduce the wildlife charity's carbon footprint. It is teaming up with the green energy company Ecotricity to submit a planning application for a "meteorological mast" by its offices in the Lodge nature reserve near Sandy, Bedfordshire, to determine the sites suitability for a wind turbine.
 
If the site is suitable, the RSPB hopes to install the wind turbine in autumn 2013, to generate the equivalent of two-thirds of the of the charity's electricity needs across the UK.
 
The RSPB has raised concerns over a number of wind farm projects, most recently over the controversial plans for a project in the Shetland islands which the charity fears could damage peat habitat and breeding grounds for rare birds.
 
But the organisation said that while it had commented on more than 1,500 wind farm bids, it had only raised objections in around 6% of cases, where it felt there was likely to be a significant impact on wildlife.
 
The RSPB said it believed renewable energy was essential for fighting climate change, which it said posed the biggest single threat to wildlife and birds, and that it could be developed in harmony with nature.
 
Martin Harper RSPB conservation director, said: " We are keen to promote the use of wind energy where it does not result in unacceptable impacts to wildlife and we are confident that this is a suitable location to do so.
 
"All of us have a part to play in helping to meet the UK Government's target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, and this turbine will be one more step along the way."
 
He added : " We hope that by sitting a wind turbine at our UK headquarters, we will demonstrate to other that with a thorough environmental assessment and the right planning and design, renewable energy and a healthy , thriving environment can go hand in hand."
 
Ecotricity  founder Dale Vince said the company conducted detailed studies for its wind projects on up to 27 different areas of potential impacts including health and safety , cultural heritage and wildlife.
 
Source The Press Association April 20th 2012
 

  
        SEA writes to the 101 MP's who signed the anti wind
                farm letter sent to David Cameron  April 16th 2012
        
              Jonathan, on behalf of SEA, sent individual e-mails to the 101 MP's who signed the letter, in opposition to wind farms, which was addressed to David Cameron. In the letter to the MP's, Jonathan, called on those that had signed it to provide substantive evidence to back up their claims that had been made in the submission to the Prime Minister. To date (May 29th), only three  replies have been received. Jonathan will write again  to those that have yet to reply urging them to clarify their position.
 

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     SEA together with Mon a Gwynedd Friends of the Earth   
            make a formal complaint to the ASA February 13th 2012
 
                        Sustainable Energy Alliance together with Mon a Gwynedd Friends of the Earth, the environmental groups supporting wind power on Anglesey have this week jointly submitted a formal complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) - the independent body which polices the rules laid down in the advertising code - against Anglesey Against Wind Turbines (AAWT), the group opposing wind power on the island, for claims made in a leaflet which has been handed out at public meetings and distributed door to door in the Menai Bridge area on Anglesey.
 
The green groups believe that a number of the claims used by AAWT in the printed material to gain support in opposing wind farms are factually incorrect or misleading.
 
SEA Coordinator Jonathan Lincoln said " We believe that the claims must bring into question the validity of their argument against wind power and that any support gained by AAWT based on this material and subsequent petitions submitted to the planning authority should be deemed as inadmissible as the signatories have clearly been misled."
 
Rick Mills of Mon a Gwynedd Friends of the Earth added, "Controversial claims made by AAWT are being repeated uncritically by councillors and others. We therefore believe it is appropriate to submit these claims to the ASA, so that an independent body can examine their validity. Judgements on wind energy should be based on sound evidence."  
 
The contested claims on the leaflet, which has been printed and handed out to members of the public, include statements concerning the value of wind energy in cutting carbon emissions and effects on tourism and health. One controversial claim is that "Low frequency noise generated by turbines affects your health. The noise is felt as much as heard.Think of thudding bass of next door neighbour's stereo - that always plays the same song and is never switched off."
 
A joint press release by the two environmental groups was issued to the local media advising them of the complaint against AAWT.
 
 

      
 SEA make a submission to Anglesey County Council's 
                       planning guidance consultation February 8th 2012
 
             Sustainable Energy Alliance (SEA), have this week made a submission to the Isle of Anglesey County Council's Supplementary Planning Guidance Public consultation, for onshore wind energy. The group is calling on the council to adopt a pro wind and supportive policy when dealing with any wind farm planning applications, be that for a wind farm or a single turbine.
 

 
    Chepstow firm Mabey Bridge's 45 wind turbine deal jobs
       January 20th 2012 
          A south Wales manufacturer has won a multi-million pound order to build 35 wind turbine towers for UK sites. Mabey Bridge has taken on 45 people and transferred 50 more to its factory in Chepstow, Monmouthshire after the deal with the German company Nordex.
 
Fourteen towers will be sited at the Pant-y-Wal wind farm in Rhondda, the rest will go to Scotland. The firm described the deal as "a real boost" for its staff after a challenging year. Mabey Bridge created 240 jobs when it opened its £38m factory in Chepstow in May of last year.
 
The facility is capable of producing  up to 300 towers a year. The company said production of the 120-tonne towers, which will stand between 65-70 metres, will begin in mid-February with the factory working around the clock. Some 170 staff would be working on the project.
 
The company said the turbine towers, destined for west of Gilfach Goch in the Rhondda valleys in June, would be the first made by a Welsh company to be installed in Wales. The remaining 21 towers will stand at the Baillie wind farm near Thurso on the north coast of Scotland, also in June.
 
The two sets of turbines will have the capacity to meet the demands of the equivalent of 60,000 homes.
Source BBC News Wales
 

                     Renewables rising-wind power passes
                         the six gigawatt threshold January 18th 2012  
                     RenewableUK, the trade association representing the renewable energy industries, has announced that the countries wind sector has reached a landmark 6 gigawatts of installed capacity - enough to supply electricity to 3,354,893 homes.
 
The 6GW threshold was reached by the Ormonde offshore wind farm, off the coast of Cumbria, which now has 120 megawatts (MW) operational - enough to power more than 67,000 homes. 
 
The news was announced at RenewableUK's Annual Parliamentary Reception on Wednesday night, where the keynote political speaker was the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, who said "This is a significant milestone for the wind industry which demonstrates the increasingly important role that renewable energy is playing in the UK's energy mix."
 
He continued " working together, we can reach even greater heights. We are eager to ensure that the UK becomes the natural home for the most innovative, ambitious and inspiring renewable energy companies in the world, and we will continue to work with the industry to drive down costs and encourage even stronger growth in the years to come."     
Source RenewableUK

 
               Wind farms hit high of more than 12%
                   of UK electricity demand January 6th 2012  
 
           Wind power supplied an average of 5.3% of the UK's demand for electricity for December and early January, reaching a record share of 12.2% on 28th December. As a result, carbon dioxide emissions from the UK's electricity generators were cut by over 750,000 tonnes, equivalent to taking over 300,000 cars off the road.
 
Renewable UK praised the National Grid's successful management of high levels of wind output. National Grid is responsible for balancing the output of the UK's electricity generators with demand from consumers and businesses on a minute by minute basis.Integrating the variable output of wind generators involves taking a range of balancing actions, including the rate at which fossil fuel generators consume fuel when wind output is higher.
 
Last year, National Grid launched a new wind power forecasting system. allowing their engineers to more accurately predict output from the UK's growing fleet of wind farms.
Source RenewableUK 
 

 
 It's official - wind generates "substantially" more electricity.
   December 22nd 2011  
 
                                The latest government figures on the amount of electricity generated by wind power have been welcomed by RenewableUK, the country's largest renewables trade energy association, as proof of the increasingly significant contribution wind energy makes to UK households. 
 
Statistics for the third quarter  of 2011, released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, show that renewable energy sources generated 9 per cent  of the UK's electricity from July to September. That represents an increase of  nearly 1 per cent on the same quarter last year.
 
DECC highlighted the fact that the amount of electricity generated from offshore wind has increased "substantially", compared to the same quarter in 2010, partly because of increased capacity and partly because it was the windiest September for at least ten years.
 
When the overall figures for the first three quarters of 2011 (January - September) are taken in to account, the statistics show a 64% increase in the amount of electricity generated by offshore wind on the same three quarters for last year ( up from 4865 gigawatt hours to 6618GWh) and a 35% increase for onshore wind ( up from 1943 GWh to 3189 GWh)
 
The UK now has enough installed capacity to supply more than 3,300,000 homes from wind energy.
Source RenewableUK  
 

 
 RenewableUK highlights the flaws in anti-wind energy report
  December 12th 2011
 
                                             RenewableUk has strongly criticised the report "Renewable Energy: Vision or Mirage", published on 12th December by Adam Smith Institute and Scientific Alliance. The report failed to recognise the hugely significant role that wind already plays in generating clean electricity in the UK.
 
The fact is that we have installed enough wind turbines to provide clean electricity to more than 3,200,000 homes in the UK, displacing more than six and a half million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.
 
It is also a fact that wholesale gas prices have risen by 40% over the last year. Depending on expensive imports of gas leaves us at the mercy of market forces we cannot control. Gas prices have driven domestic bills sky high - we need alternatives. RenewableUK said that the independent electricity regulator Ofgem says that cost of supporting wind adds only about £10 per year to the average domestic electricity bill of £600 - a figure far lower  than those misreported  in some sections of the media. Ofgem has also warned that any failure to invest in renewable energy will result in domestic bills increasing by as much as 52%, if we remain over-reliant on increasingly expensive fossil fuels from unstable regimes abroad.  
 
 It is impossible to build a nuclear power complex in a short time frame, and no new nuclear power plant is due to go operational in the UK before 2020, furthermore the cost of disposing radioactive waste will always make nuclear expensive.
Source RenewableUK
 

 
                 Energy minister in outspoken attack on
                      "green economy deniers" October 26th 2011
 
             In an outspoken attack on "green economy deniers", UK Energy Minister Chris Huhne has put the spotlight on the economic benefits of Britain investing in green energy.
 
The Cabinet Secretary highlighted more than a hundred announcements in this financial year alone that add up to almost £1.7Bn in renewable investment and over 9000 jobs in regions the length and breadth of the UK. Speaking at an annual conference of the renewables industry, Huhne attacked what he called " an unholy alliance of short-termists, armchair engineers, climate sceptics and vested interested interests, who are selling the UK economy short."
 
The Energy Secretary said "Renewable energy technologies will deliver a third industrial revolution. Its impact will be every bit as profound as the first two."
 
          More of this article to follow....
 

 
 Region's MPs lobbied over Dogger Bank wind farm Oct 12th 2011   
 
                    MPs from Yorkshire and the Humber are being asked to support plans for a 2,600 turbine wind farm which could be built 100 miles off the east coast. A delegation representing 22 councils is travelling to Parliament later to lobby MPs about the proposed 3,475 sq mile ( 9,000 sq km) site at Dogger Bank. The delegates claim offshore wind farms could create 115,000 jobs in the UK.
 
The Dogger Bank wind farm is licensed for probable construction and could supply 10% of the UK's electricity. In July 2010, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne identified Dogger Bank as a prime area for offshore development.
 
Tom Fox, vice chairman of the cross-party local government Yorkshire and Humber organization, who is leading the delegation to Westminster, said " It was vital MPs played their part in promoting the the proposed offshore wind farm." He added "They can lobby, they can engage ministers with their knowledge and they can put forward strong arguments as to why the Yorkshire and Humber region should be supported by the wind farm industry."
 
The Vice Chairman went on to say " If the offshore wind farm was given the go-ahead, it would have a massive impact on the region, it's about jobs, it's about the economy and it's about regeneration, north Yorkshire is a low-pay economy and we really need to bring some specialist industries in to raise the profile of the region."
 
Source BBC News England Oct 12th 2011
 

 
            Mostyn Port deal creates 100 Gwynt-Y-Mor
                            wind farm jobs October 5th 2011  
                A Flintshire port has been chosen as a base to support and maintain a giant offshore wind farm, creating 100 jobs. RWE npower renewables said the £50m deal with the Port of Mostyn would run for the 25 year life of Gwynt-Y-Mor.
 
Cammell Laird shipyard, at Birkenhead, will support the construction and operation of the wind farm, which will be fully operational by 2014. The wind farm is expected to generate electricity for about 400,000 homes when completed. The scheme will see 160 wind turbines sited about nine miles off the coast near Colwyn Bay and Llandudno
 
RWE npower renewables said it would be offering long term, skilled engineering jobs at the port. Mostyn will be the base for all of the company's offshore wind farms in the area - at Liverpool Bay, North Hoyle, Rhyl Flats and Gwynt-Y-Mor.
 
Source BBC News Wales Oct 5th 2011
 

      RWE Innogy names first offshore installation vessel         
           September 18th 2011   
 
           RWE Innogy has named the first offshore installation vessel the "Freidrich Ernestein" and the ship will construct the Gwynt-Y-Mor offshore wind farm off the north Wales coast. The vessel, which is the first of its type in the world, is able to transport up to four large-scale offshore wind turbines at the same time, and subsequently install them at sea.
 
The vessel also has extendable steel legs which hold it firmly in place, standing on the sea bed, furthermore the ship is specially fitted with a crane, exerting a lifting force of up to 1000 tonnes. This transforms the vessel in to a jack-up platform from which foundations can be installed and wind turbines constructed..
 
In the UK, RWE Innogy is already operation the offshore wind farms North Hoyle (60MW) and Rhyl Flats ( 90MW) off the north Wales coast.
 
Source 4-traders.com

          Renewable Energy Foundation - September 29th 2011  
 
                 The Renewable Energy Foundation ( REF) is a front for biofuel and energy intensive industries, and anti wind campaigners...The Renewable Energy Foundation sounds like a nice green charity that serves the cause of green energy, but in fact it is a front for the interest of biofuels companies, energy intensive and even oil and gas companies.
 
There have been many  criticisms of REF over the years, particularly from the rest of the renewable energy sector, such as Renewable UK and Good Energy. Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy, has said" The problem with the Renewable Energy Foundation is that their name is misleading, it suggests that they are in favour of renewable energy when actually the opposite is true."
 
The REF is  registered as a charity at the Charity Commission, which means it can claim charitable tax status, Its website lists a chairman and three trustees, all of whom have strong links to either the biofuels and/or oil and gas industries. The Charity Commission has even investigated and cautioned them on the grounds that they were politically lobbying
Further details of this article can be seen at
Source Energy and Environmental Management magazine
 

 
         Hawton wind farm, public exhibition September 15th 2011   
              
                A public exhibition will be held for the proposed Hawton wind farm on Thursday September 22nd, between 2.30pm and 7pm at the Hawtonville Community Centre, St Mary's Gardens, Newark NG24 4JQ. Further information about the project can be found at www.hawtonwindfarm.co.uk The exhibition will provide and opportunity to meet the team from Bolsterstone wind power and find out more details about the scheme.
 

 
   £110,000 unpaid council tax and business rates September 15th 2011 
 
             South Holland District Council won liability orders on Tuesday to recover more than £110,000, owed in unpaid council tax and business rates. The council also brought proceedings against Jane and Julian Davies, now of Mayfair Drive, Spalding, who are alleged to owe two amounts - £1,009.99 and £253.75 in council tax and costs - for the house they quit in Deeping St Nicholas because of "alleged" noise from a nearby wind farm
 
Source Spalding Guardian September 15th 2011
 

 
              Scotland's birds of prey "face decline"
                           over poisoning September 14th 2011    
  
                           Scotland's rarest birds of prey risk decline because of deliberate poisoning , the RSPB have warned
 
RSPB Scotland said 29 birds had been confirmed as illegally poisoned in 2010, but warned that the number could be the "tip of the iceberg". Most incidents took place in areas managed for driven grouse shooting.
 
Official tests revealed that 13 buzzards, seven red kites, four golden eagles, two peregrines and one white-tailed sea eagle were deliberately poisoned. A further right birds were were also confirmed as victims of shooting, trapping or nest destruction.
 
RSPB Scotland said continued illegal poisoning could lead to the decline of slow breeding raptor populations, Stuart Housden, director of the organisation said " The criminal practice of illegally killing birds of prey remains a most serious conservation issue."
 
Source BBC News Scotland Sept 14th 2011
SEA believes that it is a shame that those who campaign against wind farm applications on the grounds of possible avian conflict seem less concerned with the threat from such illegal activities and the increase in use of banned agricultural pesticides, such as Aldicarb and and Carbofuran.

             First turbine starts spinning at Vattenfall's     
                 Ormonde offshore wind farm August 19th 2011                                       
 
                Vattenfall, the Swedish utility company took a major step closer to fully commissioning the Ormonde offshore wind farm yesterday, after switching on the first 5MW REpower turbine on site. A company spokesman said all 30 turbines should be generating power by this autumn, with full commissioning expected by the end of the year. Once fully operational, Ormonde will generate enough power annually to meet the equivalent electricity needs of around 100,000 UK households.
 
Energy Minister, Charles Hendry welcomed the news and said " The involvement of Burntisland Fabrications and Harland and Wolff in construction  also marked a success for the UK offshore wind supply chain." He added " This is a real milestone fro the company and the people of Barrow -in-Furness, and I congratulate everyone involved for their efforts."
 
Ormonde is Vattenfall's third wind  farm in UK waters, as the company already owns the 300MW Thanet and 90MW Kentish Flats offshore wind farms.
Source Businessgreen.com
 

 
             Nuclear Plant shuts due to Tsunami Aug 4th 2011  
 
          The UK's only plant for processing plutonium into new fuel for nuclear reactors is to close as a result of the Japanese tsunami, threatening the loss of hundreds of jobs. The MOX site at Sellafield in Cumbria, only had customers in Japan, where reactors have been shut down after the devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier this year.
 
Anti nuclear campaigners said the plant had cost the public £1.4 billion in construction and running costs since building started in the mid 1990's. Friends of the Earth's policy and campaigns director Craig Bennet said "taxpayers were footing the bill for the Alice in wonderland economics of the nuclear industry."
 
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority ( NDA) said "there had been a changed risk profile  for the Sellafield Mox plant (SMP) following the Japanese disaster which crippled the Fukushima reactors. They added " In order to ensure that the UK taxpayer does not carry a future financial burden from SMP, the only reasonable course of action is to close SMP at the earliest practical opportunity."
 
Source Yahoo News

                      SEA writes to John Griffiths,
               the new Welsh Environment Minister July 26th 2011 
 
                   SEA has written to John Griffiths, the new Environment Minister for Wales asking for his assurance that he will do all in his power to support renewable technologies and especially that of wind power in Wales, both at a local and national level.
 
The group has also urged him and the Assembly Government to stand by its TAN 8 commitments for renewable energy generation and the associated grid connection in mid Wales
 
 

           Solar farm built at Hawton in six weeks July 21st 2011  
 
           One of Britain's largest solar farms has been built in Nottinghamshire in just six weeks. The 30 acre site at Hawton, near Newark, houses 21,600 solar panels and can power up to 1,500 homes.
 
The scheme. developed by Lark Energy, was given planning permission by Newark and Sherwood District Council in May of this year.
 
Jonathan Selwyn, managing director of Lark Energy, said " I am delighted that Lark Energy has played a leading role in demonstrating how large scale renewable energy can be deployed quickly, and with the support of the local community, to help the UK address its carbon reduction and energy security requirements.
Source BBC News Nottingham July 21st 2011
 

        
       SEA take part in live BBC Radio debate  July 18th 2011
 
                                 Jonathan took part in a live debate  on BBC Radio Wales regarding the TAN 8 document, mid Wales wind farm developments and associated grid connection. The show itself  was broadcasted from the Royal Welsh Show and there were comments from those who supported and opposed the plans.
 

 Government's roadmap points industry in right direction           
   July 13th 2011  
        RenewableUK, Britain's largest wind, wave and tidal association, has welcomed the Government's announcement of a massive offshore wind expansion, published today in the " UK Renewable Energy Roadmap". The association also welcomed today's publication of the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) document, stating that it properly addressed most of the industry's concerns.
 
In his far-reaching plans, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne, today called for up to 18GW of offshore wind capacity  to be built by 2020 - up from 13GW in 2009's Renewable Energy Strategy. In addition, the Secretary of State also published the EMR proposals, billed as the most significant reform of our electricity market for 30 years.
 
RenewableUK commended the Secretary of State's decision to set up a working group to examine ways to drive down costs within the industry over the next decade, to benefit consumers and ensure that Britain maintains its position as the world leader on offshore wind. RenewableUK report on the subject, published in June, stated that given the right conditions costs could go down by 30%.
Source RenewableUK press release July 13th 2011
 

    Japan PM Naoto Kan urges nuclear free future July 13th 2011  
       
                  Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has called for his country to develop into a nuclear-free society. amid rising public anger at the continuing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
 
In a televised news conference, Mr Kan said the country should harness renewable energy sources.
 
The 11th March earthquake and tsunami wrecked the Fukushima plant which continues to leak radioactive material.A large section of public opinion has turned against nuclear power 
 
About 30% of Japan's electricity was nuclear generated before the Fukushima crisis, and the country had targeted raising that figure to 53% by 2030, But Mr Kan had already said this commitment should be scrapped. On Wednesday, he went a step further, saying:" We will aim at realising a society which can exist without  nuclear power." He added, "The country should aim to develop alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass."
Source BBC New Asia-Pacific
 

           
                Mabey Bridge "open for business"July 12th 2011    
      
                     Manufacturer Mabey Bridge has rolled out its first batch of wind turbine towers from its factory in Chepstow, Wales, which are ready for delivery to wind farms in Yorkshire. The company is just one of two UK based manufacturers of wind turbine towers, the company's factory can produce 300 towers a year.
 
Last year, Mabey Bridge secured a preferred supplier agreement with REpower, one of the UK's biggest supplier of wind energy. The engineering firm is producing nine steel tubular towers for REpower, each completed tower is 80m in length, made up of three sections and weighs 150 tonnes.
 
Five of the towers will be stationed at the Seamer wind farm in north Yorkshire, while four will also go to the Marr wind farm in south Yorkshire.
 
Peter Lloyd, managing director of Mabey Bridge, said :"By rolling out the first completed  batch of wind turbine towers, we are sending out a clear message that we are open for business. It now means that companies in this country no longer have to import wind turbine towers but instead they can buy British."
Source Yorkshire Post July 12th 2011

    
        Embrace is now Action for Renewables (A4R) July 6th 2011  
                   In an age when 90% of the public support the expansion of renewables, it is clear that enough of us already embrace a renewable future, we need to now make that a reality. This thinking lies behind the name change, Action for Renewables, formally known as "Embrace" is a campaign to support the expansion of all types of renewable energy, to give the information, training and tools needed to effectively act at all levels for the future that we need to see.
 
We need to take action now, the Government has halved the funding for wave and tidal power, a renewable energy source that could supply up to 20% of our electricity. This is despite David Cameron's personal commitment to putting "rocket boosters" behind this technology.
 
For further information about how you can help support this campaign, go to www.actionforrenewables.org
 

               
 
   WWF Cymru : Welsh Government "failing in green aims" 
      June 30th 2011
 
                     The Welsh Government is failing to meet some of its key carbon emissions reduction aims, according to a report. WWF Cymru said targets were being missed in areas such as economic development, transport and housing.
 
The charity is urging the government to do more, after figures showed emissions in Wales rising, while they fell in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The report by Dr Alan Netherwood analyses how policy areas are performing against government targets.
 
A separate report from the UK Committee on Climate Change on the most recent emission data available, shows a falling in Scotland of 2.9% and 0.4% in N.Ireland but an increase of 4.7% in Wales
WWF Cymru is holding a conference in Cardiff on Thursday to examine how the Welsh Government can cut its carbon emissions over the next five years.
 
Anne Meikle, head of WWF Cymru, said :" Are we on target to become a One Planet, low carbon nation ?" " The short answer is we don't know, but possible is the likely answer."
 
She added, "We can congratulate the last government on setting some clear goals for an environmentally sustainable nation and for putting in place much of the policy framework  to achieve this, however, at present there is no evidence that the cumulative effort adds up to what is required."
Source BBC News Wales politics
 

    
 
   Vote deals blow for Italian Nuclear power plan June 15th 2011 
 
               Europe's nuclear industry was dealt another blow this week when Italian voters soundly rejected a referendum that would have restarted the country's nuclear program.
 
Following last month's decision to phase out nuclear power in Germany and Switzerland and a major poll in France indicating public sentiment there has shifted against the industry, Italian voters during the weekend firmly rejected a ballot measure to lift a 24 year old ban on new reactors.
 
The anti nuclear vote dealt a keen blow to plans of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who had advocated building new nuclear plants in 2013 to reduce Italy's dependence on foreign energy sources.
 
57 percent of Italians went to the polls and the vast majority of them - about 95 percent- chose to reject Berlusconi's plan and opted to keep in place a ban imposed in 1987, a year after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
 
The vote and Berlusconi's reversal on nuclear energy was greeted with euphoria by environmentalists and other opponents who had bitterly campaigned against allowing  a resumption of the Italian nuclear industry.
Source UPI.com 
 

  
      National wind week UK June 12th - 19th 2011 June 12th 2011 
 
                    The UK's annual festival of wind energy, Wind Week, is coming up on June 12th - June 19th. Energy from wind power is rapidly becoming part of everyday life. The week is a chance to celebrate the use of this truly sustainable and clean way of generating electricity. Further information as to the UK wide events can be found on the Renewable UK website www.renewable-uk.com
 
 

 
 
   Nuclear phase-out can make Germany trailblazer - Merkel
     June 1st 2011
 
                     German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said a decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022 can make her country a trailblazer in renewable energy, she added Germany would reap economic benefits from the move.
Germany is the biggest industrial power to renounce nuclear energy, in a policy reversal for the governing center-right coalition.
 
Mrs Merkel set up a panel to review nuclear power following the crisis at Fukushima in Japan. The crisis, triggered by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11th, led to mass anti nuclear protests across Germany. The Chancellor said that in its fundamental rethink of policy, Germany could set an example for other countries and "we believe we as a country can be a trailblazer for a new age of renewable energy sources" and " We can be the first major industrialised country that achieves its transition to renewable energy with all of the opportunities - for exports, development, technology, and jobs - it carries with it.
 
She also said that electricity in the future should be "safer and at the same time reliable and affordable", linking the decision to step back from nuclear power to the crisis in Japan.
Under the German plan, the country's seven oldest reactors - which were taken offline for a safety review immediately after the Japanese crisis - would never be used again. An eighth plant - the Kruemmel facility in  northern Germany, which was already offline and has been plagued by technical problems - would also be shut down for good.
Source BBC News Europe
 

 
    Monbiot comments on Glyn Davies and CPRW May 31st 2011   
 
              George Monbiot on the Guardian website made the following comments re Glyn Davies ( and his remarks on mid Wales wind farms) and CPRW.....
 
"But those who oppose wind farms can't help themselves. In Parliament earlier this month ( May), Glyn Davies, the MP who is leading the fight against wind farms in mid Wales, insisted that "Welsh wind farms have a load factor of just 19% - the lowest ever recorded" and that "the carbon impact of the development can never be compensated for any possible carbon benefit". Rubbish, the capacity factor for Welsh wind farms, the amount the turbines produce as a proportion of their idealised output is 26%.
 
Professor Gareth Harrison of Edinburgh University estimates that the carbon payback for wind developments in  mid Wales Will roughly be twelve months ( all references on the Monbiot website) Davies like Simon Jenkins, also claimed that "so much more" could have been done with the same money had it been spent on wave and tidal power, offshore wind and solar photovoltaics. Should MP's not be obliged to do some research before they open their mouths in parliament ?
 
Anti-wind campaigners are also highly selective. The Campaign for the protection of Rural Wales obsessed by wind farms, says nothing about the opencast coal mines ripping south Wales apart. Nor do you hear a word about the destruction of the ecosystems of upland Wales ( and England and Scotland) by sheep grazing. The champions of the countryside want to save it from only one threat.
Source Guardian.co.uk
 

 
           SEA writes to leading Welsh politicians  May 30th 2011  
 
              A letter was sent to Carwyn Jones, The Assembly governments First Minister, thanking him for his supportive and welcome comments for renewable technologies spoken at the renewables energy conference in Cardiff and also urging him and the Assembly to stand by it's commitment to TAN 8 and Welsh renewable / Carbon reduction targets. SEA also cited the opening of the Mabey Bridge turbine tower facility in Chepstow as an important beginning for green jobs in Wales. Letters were sent to Ieuan Wyn Jones ( Plaid Cymru) and Kirsty Williams ( Welsh Lib Dems) asking for their assurance that they would back the TAN 8 document.
 

 
      Carwyn Jones says "Wales must grasp energy decade"
           May 27th 2011  
 
                Wales has to move to a green economy as fast as possible, says First Minister Carwyn Jones. The next decade must be Wales energy decade, he told a renewable energy conference in Cardiff, he said that he had taken personal responsibility for energy policy within the Welsh government. He added, "We see the next ten years in Wales   as our country's energy decade and we must exploit its full potential, it will be  decade when we press ahead with growth of the renewable and low carbon energy sector." 
 
His department wants to double the amount of electricity generated from renewable resources by 2025 and to satisfy almost all Wales's energy needs from low carbon energy sources by 2050.
The First Minister said " We have got to shift to a resource-efficient, green economy as fast as possible, that move is vital, both to play our part in the global fight against climate change and also to promote greener, sustainable jobs."
Source BBC News
 

      
         SEA writes to Stuart Stevenson MSP May 25th 2011 
         
                Jonathan on behalf of SEA wrote to Stuart Stevenson MSP, the newly appointed minister for the environment for the Scottish Government, offering congratulations in his new post and asking him to be fully supportive of renewables / wind power in Scotland. The letter also cited the recent take over of the Machrihanish turbine tower plant near Campbeltown and the real potential for further  green jobs across Scotland.
 

 
Wind Towers Ltd buys Campbeltown wind turbine tower plant
 May 20th 2011  
                  
                     A closure threatened factory in Argyll which manufactures towers for wind farms  has been saved - four months after going into administration. The Campbeltown plant has been bought by Wind Towers Ltd, a joint venture between Scottish and Southern Energy ( SSE) and Marsh Wind Technology. The factory at Machrihanish employs more than 100 people.
 
In May, it was announced that that Wind Towers Ltd, had been given preferred bidder status, that deal has now been completed, securing the future of a major employer in the area
Highlands and Islands Enterprise has agreed to invest £3.4m as part of the deal and Argyll and Bute Council is also committed to a £12m infrastructure upgrade to Campbeltown Harbour and some road around the area to help make the most of the operations potential.
 
Ian Marchant, chief executive of SSE said: "SSE has invested in a range of new initiatives in the past year to ensure a robust and sustainable supply chain is created for renewable energy developers across Scotland.
 
First Minister Alex Salmond said: "When I met staff and management at Machrihanish in March, I was struck by their drive and determination to ensure turbine manufacturing continued at the plant,so, I am delighted that its long term future has now been secured with this successful sale to the SSE and Marsh joint venture."
Source BBC News May 20th 2011
   

  
   SEA writes to Jane Davidson, Welsh environment minister
      May 20th 2011  
 
           SEA has written to Jane Davidson, the Welsh Assembly Government minister for the environment asking that the assembly government stands by its commitment to the Tan 8 renewable energy strategy and the construction of wind farms and associated grid connection in mid Wales.
 

 
                    SEA writes to Charles Hendry MP May 19th 2011 
    
               Jonathan, on behalf of SEA wrote to Charles Hendry MP and Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change ( DECC) thanking him for taking the time for attending the official opening of the Mabey Bridge tower manufacturing plant in Chepstow. The letter also asked for his assurance that he would do all in his power to support wind farm sector growth and long term green jobs at a local and national level.
 

  
    SEA issues press releases re opening of new tower plant
       May13th 2011
 
             SEA issued press releases, welcoming the  opening of the Mabey Bridge wind turbine tower facility in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, to the media across Wales. We believe the opening of the plant is very good news for green jobs in Wales and for the wind farm industry across the UK, furthermore it is an important first step in supplying wind turbine towers to the UK's rapidly growing wind farm sector, both for on and offshore projects. 
 

  
 Mabey Bridge wind turbine factory opens in Chepstow
             May 12th 2011  
 
           A factory building towers for wind turbines is being officially opened in Monmouthshire. Maybe Bridge says it has invested £38m and created 240 jobs at its site in Chepstow, which is capable of producing up to 300 towers a year.
UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry will open the factory on Thursday afternoon
 
The opening of the plant comes in the same week that wind turbine company Vestas announced plans to build a new factory in Kent, creating 2000 jobs.
 
The new factory in Chepstow marks a move by bridge manufacturers Maybe Bridge into the renewables sector and makes the company the only UK based supplier of wind turbine towers.
 
Company managing director Peter Lloyd said: "No longer will companies in this country have to import wind turbine towers but instead they can now buy British",he added "Our expertise and pedigree in bridge building is the perfect springboard for us to deliver half of the UK's wind turbine towers."
Source BBC News
 
       Jonathan on behalf of SEA has written to the company to offer his congratulations for the opening of the plant
 

 
     SEA writes to Glyn Davies MP May 11th 2011     
                       
               SEA has written to the Welsh Conservative MP, Glyn Davies to take issue with his recent anti wind comments reported on the BBC Wales News website. In this article, when referring to planned wind farms in mid Wales, he claimed wind farms " would totally destroy the place we love by industrialising the uplands with wind turbines and desecrating our valleys with hideous cables and pylons", adding that the "scale was almost impossible to comprehend".
 
He continued "Not even the enemies of Britain over the centuries have wrought such wanton destruction on this wondrous part of the United Kingdom" and " Our entire region, the beauty of the landscape of mid Wales, is going to be sacrificed at the alter of a false god." SEA also intends to make a complaint to David Cameron and the Welsh Assembly government concerning his comments.
 

 
SEA writes to political leaders after May 5th elections May11th 2011
 
            On behalf of SEA, Jonathan has written to David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Peter Hain and Alex Salmond offering congratulations for the successful outcome to the local elections in England, Welsh Assembly and Scottish government on May 5th, he has also called for their assurance that they will do all in their power to support renewables technologies and wind power.
 

 
 
Vestas to build offshore wind turbine plant in Kent May 11th 2011
 
                 RenewableUK, the country's leading renewable energy trade association, welcomed the the plains by Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas to set up an offshore wind turbine manufacturing base in Sheerness Kent. Vestas has announced that it has taken an option on the lease of the 70 hectare site, which it will take forward within the next 12 to 24 months, if the government delivers "stability in the market and long term political and regulatory certainty."
 
Maria McCaffey, Chief Executive of Renewable UK said "we have an unprecedented situation where some of the best know companies in the world are literally queuing up to invest in the UK. The Government  now needs to seal the deal on offshore: it needs to bag the first 8,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of pounds already pledged, by firmly supporting the technology." 
 

 
Japanese government announces cancellation of all new    nuclear reactor builds May 11th 2011 
 
                   Tokyo - Prime Minister Naota Kan said on Tuesday that Japan would abandon plans to to build more nuclear reactors, saying his country need to "start from scratch" in creating a new energy policy. Mr Kan's announcement came as Japan allowed residents of evacuated areas around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to briefly revisit their homes for the first time since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March and the nuclear accident at the plant.
 
The decision will mean the abandonment of a plan that the Kan government released last year to build 14 nuclear reactors by 2030 and increase the share of nuclear power in Japans electricity supply to 50%.
Source New York Times
 
Greenpeace made the following statement following the announcement :
               "Greenpeace applauds Prime Minister Kan's ambitious proposal to scrap the construction of 14 new nuclear reactors," said Junichi Sato, Greenpeace Japan Executive Director. " This announcement could put Japan's energy policy on a new path of clean, renewable technologies, what we need now is the will and commitment to see it through."
He continued " To ensure that the health and safety of the Japanese people is put first, and strong action on climate change is taken, the Japanese government  must now phase out all existing nuclear plants and pursue Prime Minister Kan's promise of a clean, renewable, and energy efficient future for Japan.
Source Greenpeace press release May 11th 2011
 
 

 
SEA celebrates its sixth anniversary !  May 6th 2011
 
                  Sustainable Energy Alliance ( SEA) marked the anniversary of its founding some six years ago, the group held its first meeting in Llandudno, Conwy in May 2005 and since then has never looked back ! A BIG thank you to all those that have helped us since then, without your valuable and continued support, we would not be where we are today ! 
 

 
SEA writes to the main Welsh political parties April 28th 2011  
 
          Sustainable Energy Alliance (SEA) wrote to the leaders of the five main political parties and a number of local politicians, ahead of the Welsh Assembly elections to be held on May 5th 2011. Recipients included, Jake Griffiths ( Green Party),  Nick Bourne ( Conservatives), Kirsty Williams ( Lib Dems)  Carwyn Jones ( Labour) and Ieuan Wyn Jones ( Plaid Cymru)
 The group have asked for the assurance that the leaders and the political parties would do all they can to support renewable technologies and especially that of wind power, locally and nationally across Wales. The group believe that far too many wind farm applications are being turned down and that the planning process itself is often too lengthy, furthermore, the group believes that unsubstantiated and misleading claims are often used by those opposing planning applications.
 
The group reminded the party leaders that the UK  has a commitment to international legally- binding carbon emission and renewable energy targets and that these must be taken seriously. In addition, their support for the wind farm industry in Wales has the benefit of creating many long term green jobs.
 

 
 Chernobyl nuclear disaster:Ukraine marks anniversary              
   April 26th 2011
      Ukraine is marking the 25th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident  at  the Chernobyl power plant. An explosion at one of the plant's reactors sent a plume of radiation across Europe and killed at least 30 people in its immediate aftermath. A disputed number if others died later from radiation-related illnesses.
 
The anniversary comes amid renewed global protest over nuclear power and as Japan struggles to contain radiation leaks at its crippled Fukushima plant.  
 
It was on April 26th 1986 that Number Four reactor at Chernobyl, which was then in the Soviet Union, exploded. The accident forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from their homes in Ukraine, western Russia and Belarus, there is still a 19 mile exclusion zone around the plant. In Wales 330 farms in the north still face restrictions of stock movement 25 years on.
 
Soviet engineers encased the damaged reactor in a temporary concrete casing to limit the radiation but a new shield is needed. Soviet officials held off reporting the accident for several days 
 
The Chernobyl anniversary comes less than two months after the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan was badly damaged by an earthquake and tsunami, renewing concerns about the safety of nuclear power generation.
 
The operators of the Fukushima plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co ( TEPCO) have also come under fire for not quickly disclosing information on radiation leaks from the plant.
Source BBC News
              
               A report by Greenpeace published in 2006 revealed that the full consequences of the Chernobyl disaster could top a quarter of a million cancer cases and nearly 100,000 fatal cancers.
The report involved 52 respected scientists and includes information never seen before in English. It challengers the UN International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA) Chernobyl Forum Report, which predicted 4000 additional deaths attributable to the accident as a gross oversimplification of the real breadth of human suffering.
 
The new data, based on Belarus national cancer statistics predicts approximately 270,000 cancers and 93,000 fatal cancer cases caused by Chernobyl. The report also concludes on the basis of demographic nature, during the last 15 years ( up to 2006), 60,000 people have additionally died in Russia because of the Chernobyl accident and estimates of the total death toll in the Ukraine and Belarus could reach another 140,000.
Source Greenpeace International
    
 

 
                                       New warning on ice melt   April 8th 2011    
 
                  Scientists who predicted a few years ago that Arctic summers could be ice-free by 2013 now say summer ice will probably be gone within this decade. The original prediction, made in 2007 gained Wieslaw Maslowski's team a  deal of criticism from some of their peers.
 
Now they are working with a new computer model - complied partly in response to those criticisms - that produces a "best guess" of 2016. Their work was unveiled at the European Geosciences Union ( EGU) annual meeting.
 
The new model is designed to replicate real-world interactions, or "couplings", between the Arctic ocean, the atmosphere, the ice and rivers carrying freshwater into the sea.
Source BBC News
   


   

 Met Office says 2010 "among the hottest on record"

 November 26th 2010  

This year ( 2010) is to be the hottest or second hottest on record, according to the Met Office. It says the past 12 months are the warmest recorded by NASA  and are second in the UK data set HadCRUT3

The Met Office says it is very confident that man-made global warming is forcing up temperatures

Until now, the hottest year on record has been 1998, when temperatures were pushed up by a strong El Nino -  a warming event in the Pacific, this year saw a weaker El Nino, so scientists might have expected temperatures to be substantially lower than 1998 - but they are not

"It is a sign that we've got man-made global warming," said Doctor Vicky Pope, head of climate science at the Met Office.

The last decade was the hottest on record, and Dr Pope warns it will turn out even hotter by about 0.03C when corrections are made to data from buoys at sea, the buoys take temperature measurements a metre below the surface itself, measurements were previously taken by ships.

Climate sceptics say that until now, warming has plateaued over the last decade, the Met Office agrees that the rate of warming has slowed, but it maintains that it is due to natural variability, not because man- made warming has stopped - source BBC News November 26th 2010


 

£60m port infrastructure fund retained October 25th 2010

        Renewable UK, the country's leading renewable energy trade association has welcomed the Governments announcement to retain a £60m fund for port infrastructure upgrades in support of the massive pipeline of offshore wind projects the UK has planned.      

Launching the National Infrastructure Plan, Prime Minister David Cameron said "We need thousands of offshore turbines in the next decade and beyond...To help secure private sector investment in this technology, we're providing up to £60m to meet the needs of offshore infrastructure at our ports, and to move things forward, The Crown Estate will also work with interested ports and manufacturers to realise the potential of their sites, it will help secure our energy supplies, protect our planet and The Carbon Trust says it will create 70,000 jobs."

RenewableUK Director of Policy, Dr Gordon Eagle said " We are delighted with the Prime Ministers announcement to day of the decision to retain the port infrastructure fund, even more so as we are seeing an immediate positive reaction from turbine manufacturers detailing their investment plans. This is a great day for the UK's wind industry, we are set to realise the full potential of offshore wind, both in terms of energy and job creation and are happy that the Government has shown vision and drive over this particular issue."


SEA lobby's in support of the £60m port infrastructure October 20th 2011 

        Jonathan on behalf of SEA wrote to all the leading politicians asking for their assurance that they would do all they could to ensure that the £60m port infrastructure fund remained. SEA also lobbied the 40 Welsh MP's.


SEA activists and supporters attend the Lindhurst wind farm inauguration September 2010

              Activists from SEA and many of those that supported the 5 turbine Lindhurst wind farm, south of Mansfield Notts, were invited to the inauguration to celebrate the opening. Staff from RWE npower renewables were on hand to field questions about the scheme. Prizes were given to local school children who had drawn pictures of wind turbines and there was good media coverage. As part of the campaign to support the project, SEA collected over 3000 letters of support from local people and lobbied the local press and politicians.

                                                           

                                                The completed five turbine Lindhurst wind farm Sept 2010 (SEA)


Wind delivers close to 10% of UK's electricity September 6th 2010

              Landmark 24 hours for renewables on September 6th 2010....According to data from the National Grid, production of electricity from wind reached a historical record on the 6th of September of this year, with around 10% of all electricity delivered to consumers generated by the UK's wind farms.

At the peak time of 8.30pm on Monday the 6th, 1860MW was being generated - largely from Scotland - accounting for 4.7% of total generation at that time. National Grid believes that if embedded wind generation ( generation feeding into low voltage local electricity networks by smaller wind farms) is taken into account, wind generated about 10% of the UK's power during the 24 hour period.

This is not including the contribution from other renewables, such a hydro, which contributed a further 4%, according to data held by Elexon, the balancing and code settlement code company for the UK. The total UK consumption during the 24 hours was 809.5 GWh

Commenting on the news, Renewable UK Chief Executive Maria McCaffey said " We are expecting to see the contribution of electricity  from wind to gradually increase over the next decade, to around 30% of the UK's total consumption. This news confirms that not only are the wind farms that we have built so far starting to deliver, but that the UK wind farm electricity yields are the best in Europe and comparable with established technologies such as hydro."

 


 

Fossil fuel subsidies are 10 times those of renewables August 3rd 2010

                New analysis show that government support for fossil fuel industry is about 10 times offered to renewable energy firms. Despite repeated pledges to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and criticism that support for renewable energy technologies is too generous, global subsidies provided to renewable energy and biofuels are dwarfed by those enjoyed by the fossil fuel industry.

That is the conclusion of a major report released last week by Analyst Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which analyses subsidies and incentive schemes offered globally to developers of renewable energy and biofuel technologies and projects.

The report concludes that in 2009 governments provided subsidies worth between $43Bn ( £27Bn) and $46Bn to renewable energy and Biofuel industries, including support provided through feed-in tariffs, renewable energy credits, tax credits, cash grants and other direct subsidies.

In contrast, estimates from the International Energy Agency  (IEA) released in June showed that $557Bn was spent by governments during  2008 to subsidies the fossil fuel industry.

Muchael Liebrieich, chief executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said "the study revealed that investors reluctant to finance renewable energy industries because they believe them to be heavily subsidised were operating under a misapprehension."

Source Guardian Environment Network


                

      Lindhurst wind farm nears completion August 2nd 2010

              The five turbine, Lindhurst wind farm, near Mansfield, Notts is close to completion this week as the last blade delivery was made today. The remaining towers and further parts are expected in the near future. The building of this wind farm is a milestone for SEA as it is the first wind farm that we have seen through to completion.

We campaigned  in support of the wind farm for more than one year and as part of that campaign we collected over 3000 letters of support, calling on the local planning authority to give the application the green light. In September 2007, Newark and Sherwood planning authority gave the project approval, despite a campaign against the application by a small but vociferous group. SEA is delighted that the wind farm is now close to completion and believe that  this wind farm is an important step to a truly sustainable energy future in Nottinghamshire and feel sure it will be a positive landmark for the town of Mansfield. SEA would like to thanks all those that helped us either by campaigning or completing a support letter. We are hopeful that many other wind farm projects  currently in planning, in the county are also successful !

 

                                                       Lifting  the final nacelle on to the 80m tower section (SEA)


     Plans for £400m wind farm port unveiled July 8th 2010 

           A £400m project to transform the south bank of the Humber into an international centre for renewable energy industries has been unveiled. The site near Immingham would become a base for the construction of turbines for huge north sea wind farms.

Hartlepool-based developer Able UK said up to 27,000 jobs would be created if its plans were given the go-ahead. Covering almost 2000 acres, the Humber site is the largest available for port related developments in the UK. Able said, its plans included new quayside facilities for the construction and installation of wind turbines and the development of biomass energy generation. It would create 10,000 on-site jobs and another 17,000 in northern Lincolnshire and the wider region

Able UK executive chairmen, Peter Stephenson said "the marine energy park was of national significance and it is an opportunity to provide all of the facilities required for the manufacture, commissioning and installation base for offshore wind turbines within close proximity to the massive wind farms which will be developed in the North Sea."

The three offshore wind areas of Dogger Bank, Hornsea and Norfolk Bank would require about 5000 turbines to deliver their full capacity. -  Source BBC News


    Funding secured for Gwynt-Y-Mor wind farm  June 4th 2010

               RWE npower renewables announced today that they have funding of 2Bn Euros to construct the already consented Gwynt-Y-Mor offshore wind farm, this will be a joint venture now with Stadwerke Munich ( Munich Municipal Utility) and Siemens.

 SEA has actively campaigned for the wind farm since May 2005 and has welcomed the news. With the assistance of Friends of the Earth Cymru, close to 5000 letters of support were collected calling on the consenting authority to approve the application, consent was given in December 2008. The wind farm will now number 160 turbines and they will be rated at 3.6MW, with a total installed capacity of 576MW. It is thought that the wind farm will meet the demands of some 400,000 households annually.

 Offshore construction work will commence( foundation piling) at the end of 2011 and be completed in 2013 and it is anticipated that the turbines will be erected in April 2013 and the first being operational in May 2013, with all the turbines operational in June 2014. A community benefit package of £768,000 per annum, index linked with inflation will become available when the wind farm becomes operational.

 SEA issued a joint  press release with WWF Cymru welcoming the news to all of the local media in Wales. A press release was also issued by FOE Cymru. Source BBC News


UK National wind week June 12th - 20th 2010

 A series of events and wind farm open days took place across the UK to celebrate wind power. This is an annual event and each year it gets bigger and better.


 celebrates it's fifth anniversary May 5th 2010

Activists from SEA marked the day of the founding of the campaign group some five years ago in Llandudno !

 


Crown Estate approves NW wind farm extensions              May 12th 2010

               Expansions to offshore wind farm sites in Liverpool Bay and off the Cumbrian coast have been given the go ahead by the Crown Estate.

Offshore developer Dong Wind UK plans to extend the area of the Burbo Bank site in Liverpool Bay, an area of the Irish sea between north east Wales, Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside to the east of the Irish sea, and at the  Walney site in Cumbria.. Another three wind farm developments, off the coast of Suffolk and Kent, were also given the green light today. The approval of all five extensions means enough power will be provided for an extra 1.4 million homes.

The selected developers will finalise agreements with the Crown Estate over the coming weeks. After this the developers will commence the statutory consenting process The Crown Estate said each area extension will require a  full planning application including an Environmental Impact Assessment and full consultation. The Crown Estate added  it will only grant a lease allowing construction to start when statutory consents have been obtained from appropriate decision making bodies.

Rob Hastings, The Crown Estate's director of the marine estate, said :" It is another positive step in the maturing of the offshore wind industry and will significantly support the growth of the supply chain as it adds further to the pipeline of construction projects. This announcement shows the Crown Estate's commitment to help develop this maturing sector with a view to driving the UK offshore wind energy industry forward and to creating a long-term sustainable energy source for the UK."   Source BBC News


    Climategate- No malpractice April 14th 2010

                  There was no scientific malpractice at the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, which was at the centre of the "Climategate" affair. This is according to an independent panel, chaired by Lord Oxburgh, which was convened to examine the research published by the unit. It began its review after e-mails from CRU scientists were published online.

Critics said that the e-mail exchanges revealed an attempt by the researches involved to manipulate data. However, a recent House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report into the e-mails concluded that that the scientists involved had no intention to deceive. Lord Oxburgh said that " he hoped these resounding affirmations of the unit's scientific practice would put those suspicions to bed."

UEA's vice chancellor Edward Acton said "he welcomed the report". He added " it is especially important that, despite a deluge of allegations and smears against the CRU, this independent group of utterly reputable scientists have concluded that there was no evidence of any scientific malpractice. "       Source BBC News


     £80m Siemens Plant March 30th 2010

               Siemens is to build an £80million wind turbine factory in the UK, creating hundreds of jobs. The German industrial giant, which also considered Germany or Denmark, said that it had chosen the UK after the recent budget announcement of a £60 million grant to develop port facilities for offshore turbine manufactures.

Siemens UK Chief Executive Andreas Goss said ,"This gives us confidence that the UK port infrastructure can be made available to support our production plans." Siemens is looking at location son the north east coast and the north east for the plant to make turbines for offshore wind farms. It is expected to create 700 direct jobs with 1500 more in the supply chain.

Siemens President, Peter Loscher, who has talking to 10 Downing Street about the scheme, said: " we are pushing ahead with our strategy of investments in attractive growth markets for eco-friendly technology."

Siemens will compete with US industrial giant General Electric, which the week before announced the building of a wind turbine manufacturing plant, creating 2000 jobs. 


Engineering firms 240 new jobs Jan 27th 2010

                   A  firm making towers for wind turbines is to create 240 new jobs and invest £38m in its base in Monmouthshire. Maybe Bridge, which already employs 400 at Chepstow and also in Gloucestershire, said the project would create hundreds of skilled and technical posts .and the investment would make it the biggest UK manufacturer of wind turbine onshore and offshore towers. The company has a turnover of £70m and can trace its history back to the construction of Brunel's Wye railway bridge in 1849.

Peter Lloyd, managing director of Maybe Bridge said " This is a significant announcement which will provide a massive boost for the local economy, creating hundreds of jobs" he added, " we are forecasting that production at  the facility will provide half of the UK's requirement for wind turbine towers, greatly reducing the need for developers to import."

Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones said of the announcement, "Green jobs just like these will be central to the future of the Welsh economy. These are highly skilled jobs that will provide a boost to the local economy while showing once again that manufacturing is still central to Wales."

The First Minister added "This strategy will be an important component  in stimulating the recovery from recession - as well as strengthening our commitment to combat the causes and impacts of climate change."

Conservative MP for Monmouth, David Davies welcomed the announcement and said " The firms multimillion -pound investment in manufacturing wind turbine towers at its new Chepstow facility will provide a huge boost for the local economy and it is far better to see wind turbines being made locally, rather than being imported from abroad;"


New wind farm zones are announced Jan 8th 2010

                Successful bids for nine new offshore wind farm licences within UK water s have been announced. A consortium including Npower and Norway's Statkraft won the licences for the biggest zone, in Dogger Bank, which could produce nine gigawatts of energy. Turbines in the nine zones could generate up to 32 gigawatts of power, a quarter of the UK's electricity needs. The winners have signed exclusive contracts with the Crown Estate, which owns the UK seabed. The proposals will now go through planning and consent stages and will create one of the biggest infrastructure projects for wind energy in the world, with construction beginning in 2014 at the earliest

This is the third time that companies have had the chance to bid for zones and Prime Minister Gordon Brown said " the governments policies to support offshore wind energy had put the UK ahead of other countries and that the new round of licences provides a substantial new platform for investing in UK industrial capacity."

He added " The offshore wind industry is at the heart of the UK economy's shift to low carbon and could be worth £75bn and support up to 70,000 jobs by 2020".

It is thought the turbines could be erected in water depths of up to 60 meters, compared with depths of  25 meters for the previous two rounds. They will be positioned up to 205 Km ( 128 miles) off the coast, compared with 25 Km ( 15 miles) at present


The wind farm licences in Full :

The Moray Firth Zone Won by EDP Renovavels and SeaEnergy Renewables, potential energy yield:1.3 GW

The Firth of Forth Zone won by SSE Renewables and Fluor. Potential energy yield : 3.5 GW

The Dogger Bank Zone Won by SSE Renewables and RWE Npower Renewables, Statoil and Statkraft : potential energy yield : 9 GW

The Hornsea Zone Won by Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Project Ventures. and involving Hochtief Construction. Potential energy yield 4 GW

The Norfolk Bank Zone Won by Scottish Power Renewables and Vattenfall Vindkraft. Potential energy yield : 7.2 GW

The Hastings Zone Won by E.on Climate and Renewables UK. Potential energy yield 0.6 GW

             The Isle of Wight Zone Won by Eneco New Energy. Potential energy yield 0.9 GW

The Bristol Channel Zone Won by RWE Npower Renewables. Potential energy yield 1.5 GW

The Irish Sea Zone Won by Centrica Renewable Energy and involving RES Group. Potential energy yield; 4.2MW

                 In response to the announcement to develop offshore wind technology around the UK, GREENPEACE Executive Director  John Sauven said " Throughout its history Britain has shown the determination and ingenuity to tackle the great industrial challenges of each era. In the 21st century these qualities are being called on once again, to enable the transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable sources of energy."

"Our country is home to some of the best engineers, mechanics and construction professionals in the world. Their expertise will be crucial if we are to harness the massive potential that new technologies like  offshore wind have to offer."

" The Governments role is clear, train and equip Britain's workforce to ensure that the thousands of jobs which will be created are filled by British workers and provide the economic certainty investors need to complete these projects on time and on budget . The economic and environmental benefits are huge, but unless we make the most of this momentous opportunity , others will."


Beauly-Deny power line given green light Jan 2010

               The Beauly-Deny power line, which will see 600 power lines, each 200 feet high, built between Beauly, west of Inverness, to Deny, west of Falkirk, has been given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government, it was revealed by the Sunday Herald. It will create the capacity to transmit around six gigawatts of power generated from wind, wave and tidal turbines, in the highlands and islands to electricity users further south, comprising about three-quarters of the output needed to meet the country's 2020 renewable energy targets.


Flood warning for costal homes Oct 29th 2009

                 Many people living in costal areas of Wales will need to move because of a serious risk of flooding brought about by climate change a report has warned. The report by the Auditor General for Wales, Jeremy Coleman, suggests homes will have to be abandoned. He said " a drastic rethink was needed to the current approach to managing the seas impact." He added " it is not sustainable to go on building ever higher sea walls everywhere there is a threat."

Some 600,000 people in Wales live in areas at  risk of flooding..

The Wales Audit Office ( WAO) report looked at effectiveness of the assembly governments policy on costal flooding and coastal erosion  The WAO report notes that the assembly government considers high risk areas to include coastline between Kimnel Bay and Llandudno in Conwy, Tywyn in Gwynedd, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth and Borth in Ceredigion.

Mr Coleman said "people who live by the sea do so at their own risk and it is important that they should understand the consequences that could follow" he added "they are exposed to a risk, and need to consider what they should do in the face of that risk."

The WAO said rising sea levels and increasingly severe and frequent rain storms caused by climate change meant the risk of flooding would increase even further.


Largest Offshore wind farm to go online

                 The world's largest offshore wind farm  is expected to go into operation on September 17th, at a site 30 kilometres off Denmark. The wind farm Horns Rev 2 and built by Danish Utility , Dong Energy, will number 91 turbines, made by Siemens a German engineering company and it will be spread over a 35 Kilometre area. The wind farm is projected to generate 209 megawatts, enough electricity to meet the demands of 200,000 households annually. The turbines are 114 meters high and the blades will have a diameter of 114.5 meters.

Anders Eldrup, the Chief Executive of Dong Energy  said, " that the project was historic and that the offshore wind farm will be the biggest in the world for sometime to come "


UK could face blackouts by 2016 Sept 11th 2009

                The Governments new energy advisor says that the UK could face blackouts by 2016 because green energy is not coming on stream fast enough.

Ministers have previously denied that the UK is heading for an energy gap, but David Mackay, who takes up his post at the Department of Energy on Oct 1st, says the public keeps objecting to energy projects. This, he says, is creating a huge problem, which could turnout the lights.


SEA gives support to the pro wind campaign group (ITAG) and the Cheverton wind farm application   Aug 24th 2009

               SEA has given its support to the pro wind campaign group, Island Turbine Action group ( ITAG)  on the Isle of Wight. The group there are campaigning on the Cheverton Down wind farm on the island  -  This wind farm will number just the three turbines with an installed capacity of 9MW, it will generate 27,000 Mwh per annum, based on the manufacturers output at an average wind speed of 8.2m/s.

 The developer is Cornwall Light and Power Ltd and can be contacted at steveallen@clpwindprojects.co.uk, their website is www.clpwindproject.co.uk, planning application was submitted in Jan 2009. Note Cheverton Down already has planning consent for three turbines, these turbines were consented in 1993 and have not been built, the new application will produce ten times the output of the consented machines -   more on this to follow-. For more information about the Island Turbine Action Group ( ITAG)  go to www.islansdturbines.co.uk 

Please write in support of the application to the planning officer directly - Contact -  Planning Services, Seaclose Offices, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle Of Wight, PO30 2QS or e-mail development@iow.gov.uk  Also please write to the local MP - Andrew turner, 24 The Mall, Carisbrooke Road, Newport, Isle Of Wight PO30 1BW and if time the local media contact - Isle of Wight County Press ( Letter to the Editor) Brannon House, 123 Pyle Street, Newport PO30 1ST - Thank you !!!  


     Power generation to start shortly at Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm                July 9th 2009

               This weekend ( July  12th 2009) RWE npower renewables Rhyl Flats wind farm is expected to generate its first clean, green power from its location  five mile off  the north Wales coast. Weather permitting, the first of the wind farms 25 turbines will export its first power to shore as construction works continue onsite to complete installation of the remaining wind turbines and subsea cables. 

11 of the 25 turbines have now been completed ( as of July 11th)  and it is anticipated that the wind farm will be fully operation by the last quarter of 2009. Once completed, the wind farm will have an installed capacity of 90mw and will be able to meet the demands each year of 61,000 households.


France imports UK electricity as nuclear plants shut    July 3rd 2009 

               France is being forced to import electricity from Britain to cope with a summer heat wave that has helped to put a third of its nuclear power stations out of action. With temperatures across much of France surging above 30C this week, EDF's reactors are generating the lowest level of electricity in six years, forcing the state owned utility to turn to Britain for additional capacity..

Fourteen of France's 19 nuclear power stations are located inland and use river water rather than seawater for cooling. When water temperatures rise, EDF is forced to shut down the reactors to prevent their casings from exceeding 50C.


 

  Myth of "intermittency" debunked by major report         

    July 9th 2009

                   The third report in as many weeks to dismiss variability as an obstacle to large scale deployment of wind energy was published today by a coalition of environmental NGO's. BWEA, the UK's leading renewable energy trade association, welcomed the findings of "Managing Variability", which resonate with the conclusions of two other independent studies published in June of this year by National Grid and earlier in July by Poyry.

As strong evidence accumulated from grid operators across Europe that it is within existing technical capabilities to manage input from wind farms  in real time, the report note that "thermal plant breakdowns, generally pose more of a threat to the stability of electricity networks than the relatively benign variations in the output of wind plant" The report also noted that the "contributions of up to 40% or more of electricity consumption can be managed with quantifiable and modest variability costs."


New report demolishes anti-wind argument July 7th 2009 

                             Britain's  energy systems is already capable of taking a large amount of wind power, according to a new report  released today by a leading energy expert.

Report author David Millborrow, who has 30 years experience in the energy field concludes that there in no technical reason why a significant amount of energy generated by wind cannot be used to supply the National Grid

Opponents of wind power frequently claim that the variability of wind makes it too unreliable to form a large part of the UK's energy mix without significant back-up from conventional fossil, nuclear or gas fired stations. But this claim is rubbished by the new report, which finds that wind power does not in fact need large  amounts of extra conventional energy back -up and, while the instant loss of large conventional power stations is a real risk , it is extremely unlikely that the same amount of wind will disappear instantaneously.


Wind " can revolutionise UK power" July 3rd 2009

                    Wind has the ability to revolutionise the UK's electricity industry, according to a study published on July 1st. Research from analysts Poyry says that the UK can massively expand wind power by 2030 without suffering power cuts or a melt - down of the National Grid.

When it is windy, power will be so cheap that other forms of generation will be unable to compete, the report says.

If it is accepted by government, these key findings could strongly influence the UK's future energy supplies

The study was done for National Grid, Centr4ica and others, the research reviewed 2.5 million hourly weather reports on wind speeds all around the UK. The report amplifies a recent paper from National Grid itself, stating that a move towards wind power would not necessitate widespread investment in expensive backup power plants fuelled by gas or coal. This is  a key finding which helps remove one of the main barriers to the advance of wind, the authors of a report by the Royal Society in the same week made the same point.


China unveils $140 Bn plan to build giant wind farms by 2020   July 1st 2009

                     The Chinese government this week announced plans for a $140bn ( £80bn) wind farm building programme that will see seven giant wind farms, each with an minimum  installed capacity of 10GW, built by 2020.

Once completed, the seven farms will have a combined capacity  of around 120 GW, accounting for approximately eight percent of the country's expected  total power capacity of 1,500 GW in 2020.


UK expands wind power potential  June 25th 2009 

                    The UK Government has moved to clear a path for a quarter of the nations electricity to be powered by wind. Ministers on Wednesday approved new wind power sites for the Crown Estate around the UK's coastline. They also began the tender process for a £15bn contract for the new cabling need to bring the power onshore.

The government is relying heavily on wind power to meet its European commitments  to provide 15% of all energy by renewables by 2020. A major obstacle to wind was demolished when a study from National Grid last week concluded that that the electricity distribution grid could cope with on-off wind energy without spending a lot on back-up fossil fuel power stations.

The conclusion countered a key argument used by opponents of wind power, who suggested that the UK would still need to maintain a number of big fossil fuel power stations in order to bridge the gap between demand and supply when the wind did not blow.

And the outlook is good too, a study by to be published next week, by consultants Poyry, will suggest that by 2030, wind will be the dominant source of electricity by 2030.


Climate change budget tops £300 million in Wales       June 25th 2009 

                    Wales is to spend £300 million cutting carbon emissions as part of its commitment to tackling climate change, Environment Minister Jane Davidson has said. She is to set out a plan on how to greenhouse gas emissions  It includes help for green energy, micro generation and a pilot scheme to lower cities carbon footprints.

Last week a Met Office report claimed that temperatures across Wales would rise by 2.3 degrees C by 2050


 

SEA activists ascend the three highest summits in England, Wales and Scotland June 20th 2009

                 Activists from SEA and supporters of wind power on Saturday June 20th reached the summits of Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike to simultaneously unfurl banners saying "Yes To Wind", in support of wind power in the UK. SEA is calling for the UK Government, Scottish Government and Welsh Assembly Government to actively support wind power, not just in words but actions, as a way of reducing carbon emissions and addressing man-made climate change. We believe that far too many wind farm applications are being turned down and the planning process itself is often too lengthy.

Press releases  were sent out before and after the event with the follow up press release containing photographs from each summit.

The weather on each of the mountains was very poor, however this did not stop the climbers from making the summits at midday to unfurl the banners.

The activity coincided with European wind week

Many thanks must go to all those that took part in the event, in the planning and working with the media.  It was a  day that will be long remembered !!

 Scafell Pike  summit - June 20th 2009

Snowdon summit - June 20th 2009

Ben Nevis summit - June 20th 2009

Full size Photographs can be seen on the "SEA in action" page


 

UK must plan for a warmer future June 18th 2009

               The UK has to plan now for a future that is hotter and will bring greater extremes of flood and drought says environmental secretary Hillary Benn

 Launching the UK climate Predictions 2009 Report ( UKCP09) MR Benn told MP's "that the UK climate will change , even with a global deal on emissions. By 2080 London will be between 2 and 6 degrees hotter than it is now, every part of the UK is likely to be wetter in the Winter and drier in the Summer according to predictions" he said..


Three Key NGO's endorse wind week 2009 June 12th 2009

                     A  number of NGO's gave an emphatic thumbs up to wind week 2009, which started on Saturday June 13th and will last until Sunday June 21st. The World Wide Fund for nature ( WWF) said "WWF supports wind week 2009 and encourages everyone to get along to their nearest  wind farm event to learn about this clean, non-polluting energy source." GREENPEACE stated " GREENPEACE  is fully behind wind week 2009.

Tackling climate change is urgent and wind power has so much potential as the most mature, easy to scale up renewable energy technology, it's time to get moving on wind now." Friends of the Earth said "FOE is backing wind week, the UK has one of the largest potentials for wind energy in the whole of Europe. Urgently harnessing this power will slash emissions, create thousands of green jobs and make the UK a world leader in developing a clan, safe and sustainable future."

For further information on UK wind week go to www.embracewind.com


Turbine contracts signed for the Lindhurst wind farm May 27th 2009

                    RWE Npower renewables has signed a contract with wind turbine manufacturer Vestas, to supply five turbines for its wind farm at Lindhurst, to the south of Mansfield, Notts. The wind farm was given the green light by Newark and Sherwood district council in September 2007 SEA campaigned for over a year in support of the wind farm and collected in excess of 3000 letters from local people, as well as lobbying the local media and politicians.

It is expected that construction activities will start on site towards the end of this year, with the  wind farm expected to be completed and generating electricity by the end of 2010. The turbines will be the Vestas V90 model, each with a generating capacity of 1.8MW and a tip height of 125 metres. Once operational, the wind farm will have an installed capacity of 9MW, the annual generation expected at the site would be equivalent to the domestic needs of up to 5400 average UK households.

SEA is delighted that at last construction of this wind farm will shortly begin, we believe  that it will be a real land mark for the town and will show that Nottinghamshire is serious about its commitment to addressing man-made climate change by supporting carbon free sustainable energy. We hope that this wind farm is the first of many in the county.


Wales plans for energy self-sufficiency with renewables in 20 years         May 23rd 2009

                  Wales, today laid out radical plans to make it one of the most energy and resource countries in the world within a generation. The government development plans which are legally binding are far in advance of anything planned for England or Scotland and would see it become energy self sufficient in using renewable electricity generation within 20 years and reduce waste to zero by 2050. The proposals would make Wales one of only three countries in the World legally bound to develop "sustainably".

"We intend to reduce by 80-90% our use of carbon based energy, resulting in a similar reduction in our greenhouse gas generation," said Jane Davidson, the Welsh environment minister, launching the sustainable development scheme at the Guardian's Hay Festival. " We are committed to making annual 3% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from 2011," she added


Largest onshore wind farm to be expanded May 21st 2009 

                  Europe's largest onshore wind farm is to be expanded further, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has announced. Mr Salmond was speaking as he officially switched on the 140 turbine Whitelee wind farm on Eaglesham Moor in East Renfrewshire. He said developers, Scottishpower Renewables had been given permission to add a further 36 turbines to the site, that would allow the £300m wind farm to power 250,000 homes.

Each turbine at Whitelee, which started producing electricity in January 2008, stands at 110m at tip height, the Scottish Government's approval of the wind farm would give the wind farm an installed capacity of 452MW.  The First Minister said " Whitelee in it's current form is already flying the flag for onshore wind power in Europe and the planned expansion, which I am delighted to announce today, will enable the wind farm to harness its comparative and competitive advantage in wind generated energy within Europe."

A £2m visitor centre is also planned at Whitelee and the wind farm is due to be fully opened to the public, walkers, cyclists and ramblers in the Summer.

Keith Anderson of Scottishpower Renewables said " this is now the first over 300MW wind farm in the United Kingdom and we believe others will follow."


  Wind industry gives thumbs- up to Budget package          April 23rd 2009

                     UK renewables industry leaders have today welcomed Alistair Darling's Budget announcement of a package of measures to build a low carbon economy and further decarbonise electricity generation. The proposals include a potential £525m of new money through a review of the support mechanism for offshore wind. The Chancellor also announced a new deal with the European Investment Bank to provide a package of up to £4 Billion for investment in renewable infrastructure projects, as well as a one year across the board doubling of capital allowances from 2o% to 40%

Adam Bruce, BWEA Chairman said " This package of measures deserves a welcome from our industry and is line with proposals that we have been working through with the government. It addresses the short term economic hurdles we faced due to the fall of the pound against the Euro and the post-Lehman collapse in project finance."

He added " It also restates the government's long-term commitment to the renewable energy sector, and should enable us to unlock up to £10 Bn of private sector investment in wind and marine energy projects over the coming few years."

Richard Mardon, Managing Director of Your Energy Ltd, a leading UK onshore wind energy developer said of the Budget " The UK has 9 GW of wind energy projects on and offshore with planning consent or in construction, a much as 5GW of which could be completed within the next two to three years. Sorting out funding issues at this stage is crucial if we are to make a decisive step towards reaching our 2020 targets on renewable energy."


New nuclear plants will cost every family £3,000 April 15th 2009

                     Every family faces a bill of at least £3,000 to pay to clean up the waste produced by a new generation of nuclear power stations it has been claimed. As ministers on April 14th  unveiled details of 11 locations  where plants could be built, campaigners warned that the cost of removing dangerous waste will be borne by the tax payer.


                  

 

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