A turbine jungle will surround the small community of Crow Edge, a protest group claim, as plans for two more wind farms are revealed.
News of a three-turbine plan for Blackstone Edge and a report for six-turbines at nearby Spicer Hill has angered residents, as it comes only months after a similar application at Crow Edge was pushed through, despite a protest lasting more than a year.
Now residents are rolling up their sleeves for another long battle in a bid to block the Blackstone proposal, starting with a petition to Downing Street.
If successful, the proposal at Blackstone Edge by energy company E.On, would be the third in the Penistone area, supplementing the 13 turbines at Royds Moor and three at Crow Edge, both less than two-miles away.
Chairman of CLOWT (Concerned Locals Opposed to Wind Turbines), Mr Allen Pestell, said the prospect of more 60m tall turbines was detestable and it was unfair of E.On to cluster so many wind-farms in such a small region.
“Just because an area’s windy doesn’t mean you should cover it with turbines,” he said. “We’ve already got 16 in the area – it’s far too much for one community to put up with.”
And Mr Pestell insisted that there was all sorts of other technologies that were more efficient that weren’t being used.
“Hydro-electric is not even being discussed, let alone fitted,” he said.
“We’re trying to get a Government change of policy. What we have learned from the last protest is that Barnsley Council hasn’t got a policy – neither has Kirklees – they are just working to the Government guidelines.”
Mr Pestell claimed that the power outputs of wind-turbines were being inflated and in fact they were having to be backed up by traditional coal-fired stations as they couldn’t produce the amount of electricity they were supposed to because wind levels had dropped in the past five years.
“The Government has admitted it only has two (wind-turbines) in the country that put out the power they’re supposed to,” he said.
“We’ve asked them for the voltage readings but were told no as it’s classified information. They’re not giving them out because they’re frightened what will happen when people know the correct readings.”
Mr Pestell added he thought the short-fall of power output from wind power could be as much as 50%.
By Nick Lavigueur
23 February 2008
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