Windfarm wars could be coming to the Island as the planning departments is soon to decide whether to approve a wind farm in Yarmouth. (photo courtesy of the Daily Telegraph)
Given we are all hoping to be an eco island and actually leave something good behind for our children I thought I would have a quick look at the arguments for and against wind farms (yes I sit on the pro wind turbine side of the fence – but this is an open minded post).
The basic arguments for windfarms
- the government has a target to reach in 2020 to generate at least 15% of energy from renewables
- no nasty smells or gases in the process, clean energy
- we decrease reliance on other sources of energy both at home and buying from abroad
- we create eco reliant jobs and create centre of excellence for eco projects. We lead!
- as more are created the price becomes cheaper to install and maintain
And the arguments against
- often in areas of outstanding natural beauty.
- noise has been blamed for health issues such as stress and insomnia
- they have to be backed up by traditional methods as they don’t operate at full power all the time
- money has to be spent upgrading the grid to deal with them and surges etc
- expensive to build and only have a shelf life of 25 years
There are more arguments, but these are some of the normal ones put forward. The writers opinion is largely based on logic and fact, namely oil, coal and gas will run out, nuclear is unpopular. Wind will always be around and technology will improve efficiency, cost and even the look of the things.
Have your say on the planning application.