Wind Farms Have Been Erected In the Wrong Places
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has said that after the initial rush to get wind farms up and running, it has realised that the haste has damaged the agenda for renewable energy forms. Greg Barker has made known that future wind farms would be place off shore where they would have less impact on the countryside. He has even gone as far as saying that certain wind farms have been built in the wrong place.
The impact on landscape has long been a sore point for those who reside near wind farms, and this has damaged their popularity as a renewable source of energy according to public opinion. Greg Barker has made an appeal that wind farms should be banned in areas of outstanding beauty, and has said that there are enough wind farms now and that there is no need to build any more. He went on to add that Britain was on track with its targets to meet low carbon emissions by 2020 as stipulated by the EU.
A record number of wind farms have been given the green light this year, which is an increase of almost 50% from last year. The large amount of wind farm applications have been blamed on an over generous subsidy structure. Greg Barker has said that off shore projects which are of a larger capacity would be a better proposition, rather than putting on shore wind farms at any place and at any price. The DECC minister has not always taken a dim view to on shore wind projects.
A year ago Greg Barker announced that he had no problem with the construction of wind farms in his very own Sussex constituency saying that the area had become somewhat of a tourist attraction. He is now saying that there are enough wind farms, and they need to be put somewhere else. One can agree with the preservation of historical landmarks and areas of ecological importance and tourist attractions as being good enough reason for not building a wind farm, but selective placement to preserve aesthetic value and property prices in constituencies where the novelty of a wind farm has worn off are just not playing fair. Someone, somewhere is going to have a structure they donít particularly like being built in their area and to stop progress for that reason alone seems foolhardy.
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