Monthly Archives: November 2014

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Meet Fine Energy in Manchester

Managing Director of Fine Energy, Graham Hygate, is a guest speaker at this year’s RenewableUK Annual Conference and Exhibition. The session is entitled ‘Small and Medium Wind’ and is on day two, Wednesday 12 November.

Graham will be discussing new areas of focus in the UK’s small and medium wind market. As the UK wind energy market matures, attention is turning to sites with marginal wind resource and our manufacturers are responding by developing turbines capable of extracting energy at lower wind speeds. This brings a sharper focus on wind resource estimation and creates demand for the capability to predict and meter onsite energy usage reliably.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow- in Manchester!

Doing us proud

We are big fans of wind energy and we are pleased to hear that the new peak ‘half-hour’ record for wind turbines in the UK has been broken! At the start of October the record high was 7,920 megawatts (MW) and it now stands at an astonishingly high 8,100MW.

In addition, we know that earlier this year, wind energy provided 24 per cent of the UK’s electricity supply for the entire day, but even more impressive, official statistics show that wind power generated more energy than nuclear power for 11 full days over October, with the longest period being between the 17th – 24th.

It’s only going to get windier so hold on to your hats!

Scottish Government: Good practice guidance for community consultations

An amendment was made to the Town and Country Planning Order 2013, which came into force 17th December 2013. This makes pre-application consultation with the local community a legal requirement for planning applications regarding wind turbine developments, in England. Fine Energy accepted this new procedure with great gusto and we have been consulting with local communities for the past ten months. We did not limit consultation to England, choosing to engage with Welsh communities and, more recently, Scottish communities.

Not a moment too soon it seems. In response to a public petition, the Scottish Government has agreed to prepare guidance on good practice community engagement methods for wind energy development proposals. The current publicity requirements for raising awareness of planning applications is deemed to be insufficient and the Scottish Government acknowledged that it would be helpful to issue guidance. The focus of the petition was on single structures, or a small number of turbines, which are situated onshore in rural areas, as opposed to larger offshore wind farms.

The government is asking stakeholders to comment on the content of the guidance before it is finalised in Spring 2015. The guidance aims to advise local planning authorities, developers and members of the public.

We have had a tremendous response to our consultations and it has given us an opportunity to answer questions, dispel rumours and genuinely engage with local residents. We look forward to reviewing the Scottish guidance in 2015.