Yearly Archives: 2012

/2012

We’re having an Open Day – and you’re invited……

We’ve been thinking about wind energy and peoples’ opinions about it a lot lately.

People like planners and solicitors and land agents and dairy farmers and agronomists and neighbours and…well pretty much everyone.

We know where we stand on wind energy – what we want to know is what you think.

So we decided to link up with Endurance Wind Power and have an afternoon of talking about it, with everyone who would like to be there. Naturally, as it’s in Cornwall, there’ll be beautiful surroundings (the National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens) and cream teas. And as if that wasn’t enough to tempt you out on a Friday afternoon (3pm – 5:30pm Friday 21st September) we’re going to have a Question Time style debate, asking the question, ‘Wind farm or farm-scale wind’ And then we’ll have a look around a nearby Endurance wind turbine, so you can hear and see it for yourself.

If you’re interested email helen.dean@fineenergy.co.uk to find out more and book your place. Or you can ring 0121 449 4443 and ask to speak to Helen.

Wind turbines – Job Opportunities Knocking

With renewed investment by wind turbine manufacturers including, amongst others, Endurance Wind Power UK, in our wind industry, wind energy is one of the biggest growing employers in the UK.

As the Farmers Guardian has recently reported, there are already around 8,600 jobs in wind power alone and this could rise to more than 11,600 jobs according to Government estimates.

So where will these skilled workers come from? The Centre for Alternative Technology’s Arthur Butler, said:

“There is a growing demand for engineers with the skills to install and maintain the renewable capacity we need to build the green economy that the UK has already signed up to.

“Current UK and European Union energy policy is committed to increasing the proportion of energy we use from renewable sources; this not only assists to increase energy security and reduce emissions, but also creates investment and job opportunities within the renewable energy sector.”

 From project management specialists, planning, consultancy, manufacturing, engineering, construction, operations and start-up companies there is a wide range of employment prospects within the industry.”

Buy Local: the case for Distributed Energy – Low Carbon event 13th June

Graham Hygate of Fine Energy Limited, authorised Endurance land rental partner, has been invited to speak at Science Capital’s ‘Low Carbon’ event on 13 June at Maple House, Birmingham.

“The thinking behind Distributed Energy is to complement centrally generated energy, not to replace it”, he said. “We produce energy as close as possible to where it is used, thereby reducing losses and avoiding additional load on the national grid transmission network which is expensive to maintain and controversial to upgrade. The more electricity we generate in this way, the less we have to generate using fossil fuels and nuclear.”

Fine Energy was established in Birmingham in July 2010 as a developer of small-scale renewable energy projects, primarily in wind energy. The company now employs 12 people in Birmingham and Edinburgh. They rent small parcels of land for 20 years from businesses and agricultural landowners and use the land to site individual wind turbines, such as the Endurance. Unlike large wind farms, these single-turbine developments are quiet and have low visual impact, so are more acceptable to local communities.

Those interested in attending the Low Carbon event can contact Science Capital on 07810 444960 or Fine Energy on 0121 449 4443.

 

Wind Turbine for the RSPB headquarters

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has unveiled plans to build a wind turbine at its UK headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire.

Despite parts of the popular press casting wind turbines as dastardly enemies of birds and other fauna, the RSPB see wind energy as part of our toolkit in tackling climate change – which is, in their words, ‘the single biggest threat to the long term survival of birds and wildlife’.

If the charity’s head offices at The Lodge nature reserve are agreed as suitable, the wind turbine will measure 100 metres at its tip. Projected figures for the turbine suggest that it will generate around two thirds of the RSPB’s electricity requirements across all of its UK operations.

RSPB Conservation Director, Martin Harper, said: “We are keen to promote the use of wind energy where it does not result in unacceptable impacts to wildlife and we are confident that this is a suitable location to do so.

“All of us have a part to play in helping to meet the UK Government’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, and this turbine will be one more step along the way.

“We hope that by siting a wind turbine at our UK headquarters, we will demonstrate to others that with a thorough environmental assessment and the right planning and design, renewable energy and a healthy, thriving environment can go hand in hand.”

Considered, and arguably, well-balanced comments to add to the sometimes colourful debate about wind energy.

 

British Back Renewable Energy

Almost nine out of ten respondents to a YouGov survey want to see more renewable energy developments.

2,884 people were asked to talk about their opinions on renewables, with close to two thirds saying they want cleaner power generation from wind, wave, solar or tidal sources.

Those who have been following public opinion on renewable energies will not be surprised; last week an Ipsos MORI survey showed that 67% of people polled want wind energy systems to be more widely used.

The survey did not reveal the reasons for the opinions polled – a desire to be less reliant on imported fossil fuels and support for the renewables industry’s creation of 14,000 new jobs last year may deliver the answer.

Distributed Wind Energy is an important part of renewable energy developments. Medium-scale projects of one or two turbines on towers of heights around 30m, supported by the Feed-in Tariff, provide the right compromise between energy yield and visual impact. These work well in industrial sites including business parks and depots as well as farms; crucially they can be operational within a few months.

Currently only 9.5% of the UK’s total energy use comes from green sources. The public appear to have a strong preference for responsible solutions to our environmental status quo and a lower carbon future.