Yearly Archives: 2012

/2012

Landowners benefit from the wind energy Feed-In Tariff

We are delighted that in line with expectations the government is maintaining the feed-in tariff for the medium scale wind sector, as outlined in their consultation document today.

We are continuing to form rental agreements with landowners, farmers and businesses throughout the UK with the support of Endurance, the manufacturer of the leading 50kW rated wind turbine.

Wind is the UK’s strongest renewable energy resource and wind energy is increasingly contributing to our electricity generation needs.

Landowners who were awaiting the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s feed-in tariff announcement will now be encouraged to get involved in land rental projects, supported by government policy.

East Lothian dairy farmer benefits from wind turbine

Do you own some land and have an interest in wind energy?

GreenEnergyNet, an online independent green energy advisor, interview a farmer who has installed an Endurance wind turbine on his land here http://www.greenenergynet.com/businesses/articles/dairy-farmer-benefits-east-lothian-wind-turbine

If you prefer earning rental on your land rather than organising finance for your wind energy project, contact Fine Energy 0121 449 4443.

Glyndebourne wind turbine is “object of beauty” – opera house’s Executive Chairman Gus Christie

Glyndebourne Opera House, situated in the Sussex countryside, has become the first UK arts organisation to generate its own power using a large-scale wind turbine. At 67m, Glyndebourne’s Enercon E-44 turbine is twice the size of the types of turbine we typically deal with at Fine Energy, and we were heartened by the support received both from local people and from the wider arts community.

Launching the turbine, Sir David Attenborough said: “Wind power can never provide for all our wants but every bit of power generated by wind must be welcomed… It is almost unbelievable to me that we now have the ability to draw the power we need from every gust of wind.”

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne who lives next door to the opera house, said, “I believe this turbine is symbolic of our age and an object of beauty as it harnesses the wind to provide sustainable power. We hope our turbine will inspire other organisations to explore ways in which they can directly reduce their carbon footprint.” Making reference to the process of gaining planning consent for this project, he said he hoped other arts organisations and environmental bodies such as Natural England would now join forces to find sites for more turbines – and that it would not take them quite so long to achieve. “If all applications are blocked, then future generations will hold these bodies responsible for failing to address the issue of climate change.”

Echoing the sentiments of this last point, Attenbourough said of those who resisted the turbine, “I can’t help feeling such people haven’t really grasped where energy comes from. What do they imagine happens when they turn on a light switch or drive their cars? For most of my lifetime most power came from burning coal, which killed many hundreds underground and thousands overground from breathing in fumes, and in my memory caused smogs where you could not see your hand in front of your face.”

We agree with the gist of all this, but we also think that it is a little harsh. Taking account of the voices of local protestors is an essential part of the process of finding the best sites for wind turbines. The planning process is there to sift through the objections and ensure that valid concerns are upheld, and that generalised anti-wind sentiment is set aside. Glyndebourne’s success has proved that the planning process can work, but yes, it needs to be speeded up if we are to meet the UK’s renewable energy targets.

Wind enthusiasts who also like Mozart operas will surely enjoy the ‘turbine timelapse’ sequence at Glyndebourne’s website, set to an excerpt from Glyndebourne’s 1962 recording of the overture from The Marriage of Figaro. Landowners and arts organisations thinking of picking up the phone to us should please bear in mind that the turbines we normally consider, such as the Endurance E-3120, sit on a tower of height around 24m so their visual impact is much lower than that of the Glyndebourne turbine.

The Community Energy Movement

Looking for signs of hope at a time of economic difficulty? Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK cites, “Three unlimited sources of wealth – people, ingenuity and renewable energy”

(http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jan/06/communities-renewable-energy).

Communities are coming together to embrace renewable energy and develop their own, sometimes self-funded, energy projects. In addition to the 43 co-perative based groups starting projects, 82 community groups have been awarded £4 million through the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s first phase of Local Energy Assessment Funds.

With spending cuts, financial instability and disappointing unemployment figures perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the bulldog spirit is rising to meet the challenge.

Distributed energy – wind energy’s role

Thinking of wind energy often conjures up images of swathes of turbines on wind farms.

More frequently wind power is playing its part in the distributed energy picture. Smaller scale wind turbines, designed to fit in to farm, business and community settings, are increasingly being installed.

Europe is the global leader in operational capacity for wind energy and 40% of Europe’s wind energy blows across the UK.

Improvements in wind energy technology mean that the UK is well-placed as the increase in distributed wind generation is set to continue.