While camping at Mad Bob’s campsite deep on Bodmin Moor I had some free time, and so I thought I should tell people of the wonderful things that are going on in Cornwall on the renewable energy scene.
Although I must congratulate Cornwall on having the world’s first wave hub, and which has been everywhere in the news, we should not forget the other important things that are happening.
Down on the Lizard, Cornwall Light and Power plan to re-power the Goonhilly wind farm to lift it from being the worst-performing wind farm in Cornwall.
According to the company’s fact sheet the area is not only stunningly beautiful, but also has abundant crisp, clean, unpolluted air.
It goes on to say that through no fault of their own people in the area are producing 25 per cent more damaging CO2 than they should. But not to worry, as a new wind farm will fix it.
Others are forging ahead too – for example Regen South West which, among other things, can offer advice to councillors, and their planners on renewable energy, has two of its board members working on wind power projects of their own in Cornwall.
Juliet Davenport’s company, Good Energy, plans to re-power her Delabole wind farm, and Martin Alder’s company, Wind Direct, has plans for a project on the Lizard.
Judging by the company’s maps, and although the exact location is confidential, this could be a really nice surprise for someone one day. Let’s hope the planners see sense for once.
Of course there are a few bad apples still on the scene, as apparently some group called STINC is trying to stop two or three wind farms from getting off the ground in North Cornwall.
I am glad someone stood up to them on the radio and called them NIMBYs – after all, that part of Cornwall only has three wind farms, and it needs lots more.
11 December 2007
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