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New criticism of turbine plan  

A controversial bid to build a wind turbine by Glyndebourne Opera House has attracted fresh criticism.

The Ramblers Association said the planned turbine on Mill Plain, was a ‘daft’ idea which will not work properly.

In response to the criticism, a spokesman for Glyndebourne said it was committed to renewable energy and proposed turbine would generate enough wind power to save 855 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Chris Smith, spokesman for the Sussex branch of the Ramblers Association, and a Lewes resident, said: ‘We are faced with many proposals like this up and down the country.

‘Often the motivation is to make a quick buck or to adopt a “green” posture.

‘It is daft to build a wind turbine on a site which is protected from the prevailing wind by a large hill.

A spokesman for Glyndebourne said: ‘Glyndebourne recognises the enormous impact of climate change on the world and feels that it should do all that it can to protect the planet for future generations.

‘The proposed wind turbine would enable Glyndebourne to generate the equivalent of all the electricity the opera house uses each year from renewable sources and developing the proposed turbine would reduce Glyndebourne’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by 71 per cent, a saving 855 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

‘Alternative sources of renewable energy have been considered, but in the Glyndebourne context, only wind power is capable of making significant carbon dioxide footprint reductions and of being developed economically.’

He added that a ‘green energy’ supplier was previously used at Glyndebourne but was not able to meet its demand for electricity.

l Later this month Gus Christie, the executive chairman of Glyndebourne, will be meeting with the Express to discuss the proposed wind turbine.


13 April 2007

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