I write to tell your readers that Craven District Council is to consider an application to build five monster wind turbines just three-quarters of a mile from the Lancashire border at Brightenber, near Nappa.
They will dominate the beautiful Ribble Valley and be blight on the landscape for many miles around.
They will be clearly visible from Pendle Hill.
They will be 126 metres high – the same as a 35-storey building. They will stand on top of 200-metres high drumlins giving a total of 326 meters above sea level. This dwarfs Blackpool Tower at only 157 metres high. Wind turbines are not efficient.
The British Wind Energy Association state that “wind energy has a lower load factor than many other technologies” and they even rate them second to bottom on their efficiency list of 11 types of energy technologies.
The electricity produced is only 25% of their build capacity. It’s true, wind energy is free, but extracting it is not. The electricity produced cannot be stored. Feeding it into the National Grid only when the wind blows enough is complex and costly – a bill ultimately paid by the consumer.
Brightenber Hill will give the German developer an income of £1.4 million per year in subsidies alone, subsidies that by their very nature wind up in our electric bills. The only other financial beneficiary is the land owner, who appears not to care for the beautiful landscape surrounding the borders of Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Anyone wanting to know more can contact me.
STEPHANIE EMMETT (MRS)
Friends of Craven Landscape
Skipton BD23 3NT
Tel: 01756 748499,
20 March 2008
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