[ exact phrase in "" • ~10 sec • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Island wind turbines ‘uneconomic’  

Large wind farm developments in the Western Isles are “uneconomic”, a conservation charity has claimed.

The John Muir Trust urged the government to instead build green energy generators closer to major population centres.

The trust made its comments as a public inquiry into a 53-turbine development at the Eisgein Estate, in Lewis, draws to a close.

It believes the turbines would damage one of Scotland’s most beautiful areas.

Helen McDade, spokeswoman for the John Muir Trust, said although wind turbines are estimated to generate between 15% and 20% more energy in the Western Isles than in the Central Belt the costs of transmission, including the lost energy from having to transport it such large distances, more than outweighed any advantage.

She added: “At the moment large scale wind developments on the Western Isles are costly, inefficient and hugely damaging for one of Scotland’s most spectacular areas of wild land.

“It is high time that the government woke up to the fact that we should be generating our power closer to home rather than artificially subsidising an otherwise doomed industry.”

Mrs McDade said respected economist Professor Andrew Bain has estimated that Scotland needs a further 2000MW of wind power to meet the government’s target of 50% power from renewables by 2020.

He believes there is currently 1,600MW of green power under appeal, another 3,000MW in the planning system and a further 2,500MW at the scoping stage.

She added: “This means that there is a potential total of 7,000MW of power waiting to be decided on. Even allowing for those schemes that are denied planning permission there should be no problem reaching the 2,000MW target.

“A combination of energy efficiency measures and more green electricity production near where it is required will meet our renewable targets without disfiguring the landscapes which make the Western Isles so special.”

Energy Minister Jim Mather has previously said: “I strongly believe the vast renewables potential in the Western Isles needs to be exploited to ensure that the opportunities and benefits of new development can be shared across the country in an equitable fashion.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Government said it had pressed for changes to the electricity charging system which encourages generation near large centres of population, which it believes acts acts against the promotion of sustainable development and the exploitation of Scotland’s renewables potential.

He added: “Contrary to Professor Andrew Bain’s estimates, we estimate we require around 8GW to achieve 50% by 2020.”

BBC News

22 May 2008

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate

Share:


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Share

Wind Watch on Facebook

Follow Wind Watch on Twitter