Tynedale: The saviours of our planet
Published at 07:41, Wednesday, 28 August 2013
IN recent years, wind energy has become big business, with twirling turbines shooting up across the country.
In a world which is striving to become increasingly ‘green’, those in favour of windfarms see the gigantic structures as an efficient and carbon friendly way of creating energy.
Whereas fossil fuelled power stations pump out pollutants, wind turbines are pollution free and cause no harm to the outside world.
It appears large sections of the country are generally in favour of turbines, with the latest quarterly survey carried out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change showing that 69 per cent of respondents believe wind technologies provide economic benefits to the UK.
The people behind the large scale windfarm for Kielder Forest, RWE npower renewables, have done their research and state wind energy is the way forward.
A spokesman says: “The UK is one of the windiest countries in Europe, with wind energy playing an important part in the mix of energy the UK needs.
“Currently, we are importing more and more fossil fuels from abroad, reducing our energy independence, and making us vulnerable to price rises.
“Generating our own energy from free renewable sources allows us to have more control of energy prices and be more self-sufficient.
“Unlike fossil fuels, wind energy is renewable and carbon-neutral, so greater use of wind energy helps reduce our pollution levels and combat climate change.”
In addition to being a cheap energy source, RWE argues that turbines bring a lot more benefits to local communities.
Local contractors are able to tender for installation and maintenance work.
Using Kielder as an example, the spokesman insists: “There could be up to a £350,000 per year project fund for the Forestry Commission to invest directly into Kielder Forest, and up to £150,000 per year community benefit fund for local people and organisations to use in the local community.
“As part of any consultation about a windfarm proposal, we would carry out a thorough consultation to find out how people would like to see the money spent.”
The company goes on to claim that in-depth ecological and feasibility studies will be carried out. And every effort will be made to minimise effects on noise levels, aviation and cultural heritage.
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