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Wind energy expert’s support for campaign

An energy and industry expert addressed residents concerned about plans for four wind turbines near Arborfield at a public meeting earlier this month.

Professor Michael Jefferson spoke to members of Householders Against Rushy Mead (HARM) about wind energy and its impact on local areas at Bearwood College Theatre on Thursday, September 16.

The talk, titled ‘A Cool Look at Wind’s Pretensions’, posed the question “Is Rushy Mead sited badly”.

Jan Heard, member of HARM, said: “The very clear answer is ‘yes’. Using wind speed data now available, and looking at the poor figures for electricity generation attained by the nearby Green Park turbine, the proposed wind farm at Rushy Mead will benefit from a massive subsidy in the form of Green Obligation Certificates.

“Professor Jefferson believes this is economically unjustified, and diverts funds from more worthy sites.

“This subsidy on each turbine will cost each household £50, so with four turbines this will amount to £200.

“He feels that the subsidy should be focused on high wind speed areas, such as on the coast and in Scotland where wind speeds are significantly higher and more dependable.”

The wind turbine project at Rushy Mead is being lead by the University of Reading and Partnerships for Renewables. A planning application for the site is expected shortly and follows several public consultation events.

Visit www.rushymeadharm.org for more information.