[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


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


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

News Watch Home

Wind farm payments simply divide communities  

Credit:  The Inverness Courier, www.inverness-courier.co.uk 7 January 2011 ~~

Wind Farm community benefit is a two edged sword. Perhaps the worst legacy that the race for wind will leave is the division of communities caused by the distribution of these payments.

Many developers restrict the expenditure to very narrowly defined areas, yet there is only so much that can be spent locally and those that do not benefit can feel very disassociated.

Also, where should the geographical dividing line be drawn? Some communities benefit but others just outside the area do not, although they may suffer the visual impact of the wind farm.

This has become such an issue that suggestions have been made that at least 40 per cent of the money is directed towards Highland Council funds.

Is the time not right to question whether the Highlands can absorb the number of wind farms planned for the area? Jason Rose’s comment (Courier 31.12.10) about “a rather selfish worry” about property prices seems ill informed as many people have found that the proposed development of wind farms in their area not only reduces the value of their property but makes it un-sellable. For those that need to move as part of their employment or wish to retire, this is not a “rather selfish worry”.

Wind Energy is neither as green as it is painted or as efficient as the proponents would like us to believe. Very hot weather and very cold weather are usually accompanied by high pressure weather systems which result in very little, if any, wind.

Therefore wind energy must be supplemented by, at the moment, fossil fuel technology. Germany is building two coal fired power station to support its wind industry. There are other proven systems of alternative energy but our politicians seem to be fixated on wind as a quick cure. Problem is that they are throwing our money away on it!

John Graham, Cluanie Farmhouse, Teanassie, Beauly.

Source:  The Inverness Courier, www.inverness-courier.co.uk 7 January 2011

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

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

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


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on Facebook

Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

National Wind Watch