We tend to focus to a great extent on the Highland region, not least because that is what we know best, but we are as equally horrified at the carnage in such areas as Dumfries and Galloway, Northern Ayreshire, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Caithness. We continually ask when will this all stop, when will a moratorium be brought in to cause a halt until those wind farms already approved are completed and we are truly aware of the damage wrought. Certainly in the US there are a vast number of abandoned wind turbines, some whose operators have gone bust, some so old that they were installed when Methuselah was alive and some at end of life and awaiting “re-powering”. Figures of 14,000, much disputed by the wind industry, are bandied around which are probably as inflated as the statistics of the wind pimps. What is obvious is that the US was way head of Europe on wind, as it is on shale gas, and these turbines have a finite life. In the days when subsidies are history, what will happen to these turbines at end of life. Recent studies have suggested that could be as early as fourteen to seventeen years. Whilst the wind industry puffs about misleading statements, reality shows that we could end up with an uneconomically viable wind fleet and all those twee named short life companies set up to operate the wind farms will be liquidated well before they have to honour bonds or re-instatement conditions. Think on this whilst you consider the presentation of The Save Straiton for Scotland group. Desecration of our wilderness could be a legacy not only for our lifetime but our childrens too!
If you feel exhausted to receive yet another email from our campaign, think how we feel in Straiton, where yet another of the five major windfarm applications near our village has gone in to the Energy Consents Unit of the Scottish Government. This one is Glenmount, planned by RWE (Npower).
The easiest way to object is to fill in our online form: click here: http://savestraitonforscotland.com/online-form-for-glenmount-windfarm-objection/
to the following address:
|Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit
4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay
Glasgow G2 8LUrepresentations@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
If you have connections to the area – whether you live here or have been here on holiday – then please mention them. You must include your address.
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