Monthly Archives: May 2012

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.