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Old August 8th, 2013, 04:02 PM   #81
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Cheers as Thropton wind turbine bid is kicked out

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Thropton farm wind turbine go ahead advised

By Brian Daniel - 29th July 2013



Controversial plans for a wind turbine in the Northumberland countryside are being recommended for approval, despite more than 100 objections.

Northumberland County Council planning officers are advising members to give the go-ahead for the 78-metre structure on a farm at Thropton, near Rothbury, in the face of opposition from residents, parish councils, bosses at nearby Northumberland National Park and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

The turbine proposal is for an engine 50 metre to hub height, 78 metres to tip, on land associated with Follions Farm, Weststeads.

It has yielded objections in 107 letters from residents and four parish councils – Harbottle; Glanton; Whittingham, Callaly and Alnham; and Netherton with Biddlestone. Northumberland National Park Authority and the CPRE have also lodged opposition. A Facebook page and website have also been set up by residents under the banner Fight Follions Wind Farm.

Objections are based on impact on the character of the local and wider landscape, on the visual amenity of the area, and on the local economy including tourism.

Yet county council officers are recommending the scheme be approved at a meeting of the authority’s planning and environment and public rights of way committee on August 6.

Officers conclude: “The proposed wind turbine would contribute to the provision of a sustainable source of locally produced renewable energy that is consistent with national and local planning policies.

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Cheers as Thropton wind turbine bid is kicked out

By David Black - 8th August 2013



A bid to site a wind turbine in the Northumberland countryside has been kicked out amid more than 100 objections.

The proposal at Thropton faced opposition from residents, parish councils, bosses at nearby Northumberland National Park and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Northumberland County Council officers nevertheless recommended it be approved. However, councillors voted unanimously to reject it.

The decision was last night described as a “victory for common sense”.

The proposal from York-based Ogden Renewable Energy was for an engine 50 metre to hub height, 78 metres to tip, on land associated with Follions Farm, Weststeads.

It yielded objections in 107 letters from residents and four parish councils – Harbottle; Glanton; Whittingham, Callaly and Alnham; and Netherton with Biddlestone.

Northumberland National Park Authority and the CPRE also lodged opposition.

A Facebook page and website were also set up by concerned residents under the banner Fight Follions Wind Farm.

Objections were based on impact on the character of the local and wider landscape, on the visual amenity of the area, and on the effect the turbines would have on the local economy, including tourism.

Yet county council planning officers recommended the scheme be approved, saying the potential impacts on the landscape and visual amenity were not “considered to be of such significance to outweigh the wider benefits of the proposed wind turbine in terms of renewable energy provision”.

At a meeting of the authority’s planning and environment and public rights of way committee, members voted unanimously against that advice, citing impact on the landscape. Residents, who had packed the council chamber, burst into applause after the decision was taken.

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Do we really want giant a wind farm in Kielder Forest?

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Do we really want giant a wind farm in Kielder Forest?

By David Black - 9th August 2013



A massive wind farm of up to 100 giant turbines could be built in Northumberland’s Kielder Forest under new proposals being explored by a leading green energy company.

RWE npower renewables is seeking permission to put up four test masts to assess wind conditions in the commercial Redesdale and Comb areas of Kielder.

The investigations could lead to proposals for a wind farm of between 50 and 100 turbines, including machines up to 170 metres tall, it is claimed.

If such a scheme was ultimately given the green light, it would be one of the biggest in the UK, and deliver long-held ambitions for a major, strategic wind farm in the Kielder area.

RWE has been appointed by the Forestry Commission, which manages Kielder Forest, to explore the potential for a wind farm there.

An application has been submitted to Northumberland County Council for permission to site the four 90m-high meteorological masts for up to three years, in an arc running from the Catcleugh Reservoir to Comb.

Any future bid to build such a large wind farm would be dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate’s national infrastructure planning unit, with the county council and Northumberland National Park Authority acting as key consultees.

Five years ago, the Regional Spatial Strategy – which committed the North East to meeting a target of 20% of its energy coming from renewable sources by 2020 – highlighted wind farm development at Kielder Forest as an essential component. Last night, county councillor John Riddle, who chairs the Northumberland National Park Authority and whose ward includes Kielder, said he was briefed about RWE’s plans this week.

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Northumberland wind farm campaigners press for findings

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Northumberland wind farm campaigners press for findings

By Adrian Pearson - 21st August 2013

Last night the Government was urged to publish findings on the impact wind turbines have on the rural economy in Northumberland
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Wind campaigners have urged the Government to finalise and publish a report into the impact giant turbines have on the rural economy.

Groups seeking to preserve Northumberland’s unique visual appeal have warned of a possible detrimental impact on visitor numbers, and say it is vital the Government sets out its evidence.

Their calls come as it emerges two senior Government ministers are locked in a dispute over the key report. Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary Ed Davey is said to have raised concerns with Conservative Environment Secretary Owen Paterson over Defra’s plans to assess the economic impact of wind farms. Speculation is mounting that Mr Davey has attempted to delay publication of the report carried out by the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs over fears it could expose shortcomings in his department’s renewable energy strategy.

It is claimed that figures in the energy department are concerned that the report, which has not been completed, could include negative conclusions about how renewable energy affects the rural economy.

At its strongest, it is suggested the report “could provide official confirmation that the controversial turbines can harm rural areas”.

Last night the Government was urged to publish the findings as soon as possible to help provide a strong evidence base for those objecting to wind turbines in areas such as Northumberland.

Bill Short, from the Northumberland and Newcastle Society’s environmental committee, said that with developers able to bring in their own research at the planning decision stage, it was vital residents had whatever support was available.

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Giant wind turbine arrives at Blyth for testing

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Giant wind turbine arrives at Blyth for testing


By Kerry Wood - 22nd August 2013


The 450-tonne wind turbine component arrives at NARAC

Inching its way along the river, one of the world’s largest wind turbine parts arrives in the North East to mark the latest phase of developments at an industry centre.

Arriving at Blyth docks in Northumberland, the 450-tonne turbine gearbox, the size of two family homes, owned by Samsung Heavy Industries is the biggest of its kind in the UK.

Its arrival at the docks and the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) heralds the next stage in the evolution of UK offshore wind industry and could signal a jobs boost to the region.

Due to be off-loaded onto the quayside today , the colossal piece of equipment will then be subjected to rigorous on-shore testing at Narec.

The Blyth test centre is the world’s largest open access, independent facility of its kind and will test the component, known as a nacelle, up to 15MW capacity.

Narec chief executive Andrew Mill said: “We’re delighted to be working with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) on the accelerated lifetime testing of their next-generation turbines.

“The information we gather during testing will contribute significantly to SHI’s understanding of the design and performance of their technology that will ultimately help reduce the manufacturing and operating costs of the turbines and make energy production through offshore wind power far more competitive with other energy sources.”

Universities and science minister David Willetts said: “It’s good to see that Samsung’s nacelle uses a gearbox that has been designed and built in the UK. Our Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy sets out how we aim to grow the supply chain so that more of the work and jobs can be done here. The Government is helping UK supply chain companies to become more competitive through a Manufacturing Advisory Service programme called GROW, funded by £20m from the Regional Growth Fund.”

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Northumberland test mast ruling overturned

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Northumberland test mast ruling overturned

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Residents of Fenrother who are opposed to wind turbines being put up near their village

A test mast which could pave the way for yet another wind farm development in the Northumberland countryside has been given the green light.

The planning inspector’s ruling has overturned a decision by county councillors to refuse permission for the 50m meteorological mast at Charity Hall near Sharperton, in the Upper Coquet Valley.

It comes as wind farm developments continue to cause controversy at locations across Northumberland – with a public inquiry into one scheme starting this week and councillors set to hold a site visit on another.

Last December council planning committee members rejected the proposed test mast at Sharperton – against the advice of their officers – after application was opposed by three local parish councils, the Northumberland National Park Authority and six residents. The site is about 3km from the eastern boundary of the national park and just over 2km east of the hamlet of Sharperton.

Objectors claimed a wind farm there would have devastating effects on the tranquil rural valley and the national park, and concerns were also raised about a potential risk to low-flying aircraft and visual intrusion in an area of high landscape value.

Empirica Investments lodged an appeal against the decision, which has now been overturned by a planning inspector.

The inspector ruled that the temporary mast would not have a detrimental impact on the distinctive landscape character of the area and would not conflict with planning policies.

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Visitors put off returning to Northumberland by prospect of turbines

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Visitors put off returning to Northumberland by prospect of turbines
By Brian Daniel - 16th September 2013



An increasing number of visitors to Northumberland say they are less likely to return if more wind turbines are built in the county.

The Middleton Burn Action Group, fighting planned wind farms near Belford, conducted a survey for the second year in a row asking tourists whether those proposed turbines would impact on their likelihood of returning.

Whereas last year 64% of respondents said turbines would adversely effect their choice of North Northumberland as a holiday destination, that figure increased to 76.9% in 2013.

The action group has put the rise down to the fact that visitors “have been able to see for themselves the devastation allowed to be wrought on this beautiful area” following the erection of a number of turbines in the county over the past year.

However, a developer of one county wind farm has insisted turbines soon can become visitor attractions.

The group carried out its first survey in August and September last year asking visitors to Belford to assess the possible effect on tourism of 25 proposed wind turbines at Middleton Burn and Belford Burn. 64% said they would visit the area less often and the same percentage said they would recommend the area less often.

67% said they would stay in the area less time while 85% believed turbines would make North Northumberland “very spoilt.”

Since then, 28 engines have been erected at Middlemoor and Wandylaw.

The group decided to conduct the survey again over the same months, and the percentage of respondents who said they would visit less often rose to 76.9%, an increase of over 12%.

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Visitors put off returning to Northumberland by prospect of turbines

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Visitors put off returning to Northumberland by prospect of turbines
By Brian Daniel - 16th September 2013



An increasing number of visitors to Northumberland say they are less likely to return if more wind turbines are built in the county.

The Middleton Burn Action Group, fighting planned wind farms near Belford, conducted a survey for the second year in a row asking tourists whether those proposed turbines would impact on their likelihood of returning.

Whereas last year 64% of respondents said turbines would adversely effect their choice of North Northumberland as a holiday destination, that figure increased to 76.9% in 2013.

The action group has put the rise down to the fact that visitors “have been able to see for themselves the devastation allowed to be wrought on this beautiful area” following the erection of a number of turbines in the county over the past year.

However, a developer of one county wind farm has insisted turbines soon can become visitor attractions.

The group carried out its first survey in August and September last year asking visitors to Belford to assess the possible effect on tourism of 25 proposed wind turbines at Middleton Burn and Belford Burn. 64% said they would visit the area less often and the same percentage said they would recommend the area less often.

67% said they would stay in the area less time while 85% believed turbines would make North Northumberland “very spoilt.”

Since then, 28 engines have been erected at Middlemoor and Wandylaw.

The group decided to conduct the survey again over the same months, and the percentage of respondents who said they would visit less often rose to 76.9%, an increase of over 12%.

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I take it that they only surveyed the typical NIMBY types who seem to loath wind turbines, people need to get over it and realize that the alternative is that the green spaces these folks so love will be non existent if we continue to burn fossil fuels.
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I take it that they only surveyed the typical NIMBY types who seem to loath wind turbines, people need to get over it and realize that the alternative is that the green spaces these folks so love will be non existent if we continue to burn fossil fuels.
Load of twaddle... the wind turbines need 100% backup so your not actually replacing any traditional power stations.

And then lets not forget the 600% increase in per unit electricity cost which this country can ill afford to pay.

The North East, as one of the poorest regions of the UK relies on tourism for a large part of it's income. This is something the area really does not need.
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Load of twaddle... the wind turbines need 100% backup so your not actually replacing any traditional power stations.

And then lets not forget the 600% increase in per unit electricity cost which this country can ill afford to pay.

The North East, as one of the poorest regions of the UK relies on tourism for a large part of it's income. This is something the area really does not need.
I'm not convinced that a single thing in the post above has any truth in it whatsoever.

Wind will - rightly - be a big part of our future energy mix. It has to go somewhere. It's getting closer and closer to the price of gas (nothing like 600% the cost) and I'd rather have a turbine on the nearest hill to my home than a gas/coal fired power station.
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I'm not convinced that a single thing in the post above has any truth in it whatsoever.

Wind will - rightly - be a big part of our future energy mix. It has to go somewhere. It's getting closer and closer to the price of gas (nothing like 600% the cost) and I'd rather have a turbine on the nearest hill to my home than a gas/coal fired power station.
Is that the subsidised price, or unsubsidised price?
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The gas or the wind? They're both subsidised, although fossil fuels get more:

http://www.theguardian.com/environme...y-fossil-fuels
http://blog.abundancegeneration.com/...-renewables-2/
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The gas or the wind? They're both subsidised, although fossil fuels get more:

http://www.theguardian.com/environme...y-fossil-fuels
http://blog.abundancegeneration.com/...-renewables-2/
Hmmm, very interesting couple of articles there. I suppose there's always the worry with any reports and statistics that people are finding exactly what they want to find, by looking at figures in a certain way, but to be honest, I hadn't realised that fossil fuels were subsidised at all, let alone the extent.
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The gas or the wind? They're both subsidised, although fossil fuels get more:

http://www.theguardian.com/environme...y-fossil-fuels
http://blog.abundancegeneration.com/...-renewables-2/
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Gas, oil and coal prices were subsidised by £3.63bn in 2010, according to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development , whereas offshore and onshore wind received £0.7bn in the year from April 2010.
That's very misleading. Renewables contribute 10% of our energy supply, half of which is which is unreliable wind capacity. So...

Traditional power generation - 90% of capacity

Wind generation - 5% of capacity maximum

So the subsidy per megawatt of power generated is some 18 higher for wind.

https://restats.decc.gov.uk/cms/nati...es-statistics/

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Whereas the wind subsidy is placed directly on households through higher bills.

Not surprised to see such biased crap coming from the Guardian.
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Anger as Jarrow wind mast approved

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Anger as Jarrow wind mast approved


FRESH FEARS ... Coun Alan Smith intends to fight any plans for a wind farm.

A GOVERNMENT inspector has given the go-ahead to a giant meteorological mast on green belt land in South Tyneside.

Now there are fears that the 50-metre structure will lead to the creation of a wind farm near the Fellgate Estate in Jarrow.

South Tyneside Council’s planning committee had rejected the application earlier this year – after a 200-name petition was submitted against it.

But the applicant, North Yorkshire-based Empirica Investments – a company specialising in renewable energy products, including wind turbines, appealed against the decision to a Government inspector.

Now the inspector, Graham Snowden, has allowed the firm’s appeal.

In his report, Mr Snowden denied his decision indicated that the site was “necessarily a suitable location for a wind energy development”.

Coun Alan Smith, who represents Fellgate and Hedworth for Labour, expressed his anger and disappointment at the decision.

He’s pledged that the fight begins now to ensure that it does not lead, in time, to the creation of a wind farm.

He said: “I am stunned. This is the loss of green belt land.

“It’s absolutely disgusting. Unfortunately, our hands are now tied and we can’t do anything about it.

“What we must do now is ensure that this does not end with wind turbines. We would fight that every inch of the way.”

Six years ago, plans for a business park and leisure development on a 240-acre green belt site near Fellgate sparked a storm of protest.

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Bishop of Newcastle hits out at wind turbine tourism damage

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Bishop of Newcastle hits out at wind turbine tourism damage

By Adrian Pearson - 25th September 2013


The Rt Revd Martin Wharton, Bishop of Newcastle

The Bishop of Newcastle has said he has a Christian duty to speak out against wind turbines turning the rural North East into a “disfigured industrial landscape”.

The Rt Revd Martin Wharton hit out at “the harm that is being done to our beautiful landscape on which the health of our rural economy, and especially tourism, depends.”

His comments add weight to those calling on the Government to consider the financial implications of allowing onshore wind turbines to undermine a county’s tourism offer.

After spending the summer seeing the sights of Northumberland, Bishop Martin said: “There is no evidence that I have seen that suggests that wind farms will ever provide the reliable, controllable energy that is required by our society, however many there might be. It is a basic Christian truth that we all have a duty and a responsibility to care for and exercise wise stewardship over God’s creation, which has been entrusted to us.

“Our countryside needs to be protected and preserved for ourselves, for our children and for our grandchildren as a place of refreshment and renewal for the spiritual health and well being of us all.”

He added: “We are blessed to live in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We enjoy a wonderful physical and spiritual heritage in this land of the Northern Saints. Is now not the time to say “enough” to any further blots on our landscape?”

Last night the Bishop’s comments were welcomed by those opposing further turbine expansion. In Berwick Conservative candidate Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the Bishop was right to speak of the economic damage wind turbines cause.

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I think larger offshore turbines would certainly produce more energy than land based ones. But for years we have been told that there is the potential for investment and jobs for the Tyne in relation to wind power. We are still waiting.
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North council urged to heed wind farms guidance

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North council urged to heed wind farms guidance

By Brian Daniel - 30th September 2013



Campaigners have called on a North council to “urgently” heed the latest national planning guidance on wind farms, and exercise its obligation to “conserve our historic and unique environment.”

The Northumberland and Newcastle Society, which campaigns to protect the region’s environment, has issued the plea to Northumberland County Council amid alarm at the damage it says is being done to the county’s cherished landscape by rising numbers of turbines. The group has called on the authority to urgently act on the latest national planning guidance, which says local authorities should set out where turbines might be sited so as not to harm residential amenity or the county’s heritage.

The council last night said it will be heeding the guidance, and working with the society and others “in developing policies which support the delivery of renewable energy in a way which is compatible with the county’s communities and its most valued landscapes.”

The society said: “The coast is now dominated by the Middlemoor/Wandylaw turbine complex, inland from Dunstanburgh, 15 giant turbines at Lynemouth and three more at Blyth. Another 13 massive industrial turbines have been consented just inland from Druridge Bay near Widdrington, with eight more waiting to be built at Blyth and Lynemouth. In the light of the damage that has already been done, the society urgently wishes to draw attention to the Belford Burn application for nine 100m turbines high on the escarpment above Belford.

“This proposal brings the turbine blight of Northumberland’s coastal landscape closer to Bamburgh and Holy Island and risks further damage to North Northumberland’s vital tourist industry.

“Had robust planning policy been in place this scheme would never have reached the stage of an application for planning permission.

“We call on Northumberland County Council to exercise their obligation to conserve our historic and unique environment and urgently explore the possibilities raised by this guidance.” A council spokeswoman said: “We will be using the recent Government guidance to inform the preparation of the local development plan.

“We will continue to work with the Northumberland and Newcastle Society and other stakeholders in developing policies which support the delivery of renewable energy in a way which is compatible with the county’s communities and its most valued landscapes.”
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Eric Pickles to make decision on Fenrother wind farm

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A decision by a Cabinet minister to take personal charge of a controversial application for a wind farm has been hailed as a breakthrough by campaigners.

They described the decision by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to give himself the final say on the application for five turbines at Fenrother, near Morpeth, as “Christmas come early.”

In the summer Mr Pickles announced that he was changing planning guidance on onshore wind applications to ensure that the concerns of local people would be given proper weight.

Last week he said that some appeals by energy companies against refusal of plans for turbines would go to him for a final decision, to make sure his new guidelines were being followed.

Energiekontor UK Ltd’s appeal relating to its bid for five 126m turbines at Fenrotheris among the first schemes that he has pulled back for his personal attention.

The news was last night welcomed by campaigners fighting the Fenrother scheme, who claimed it not only increased their chances of success but also gave hope to others opposed to wind farm developments.

Energiekontor said the decision would delay the decision on its project while a renewable energy trade association said it was “unsure” why there is a need for more plans to be “recovered” by ministers.

The Fenrother scheme was thrown out by Northumberland County Council’s planning and environment committee in January.

A local action group set up to oppose the scheme had submitted a 71,000-word objection document, which was backed by more than 1,600 letters.

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Grant Shapps calls for Northumberland wind farm rethink

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Grant Shapps calls for Northumberland wind farm rethink
By Adrian Pearson - 15th October 2013

The Conservatives have hinted at a tougher approach to onshore wind turbines after their party chairman told planners it is time for a rethink.

Grant Shapps told The Journal he wanted to see “a more enlightened approach” after hearing for himself of concerns from those in Northumberland over the spread of wind farms.

The Tory chairman said that while off-shore wind might be useful in meetings the country’s energy needs, there are clear alternatives to the spread of on-shore turbines.

The Tories are thought to be in conflict with their Liberal Democrat coalition partners over turbines, with the Energy and Countryside secretaries locked in a row over the potential damage to rural tourism.

A Defra study on the economic impact of wind turbines in areas dependant upon tourism for jobs is aid to have been delayed after the Department for Energy raised concerns.

Mr Shapps said the county deserved a quick answer on the impact of turbines on rural tourism.

He added: “I think wind turbines are a big concern for local people, I heard some of that expressed in Northumberland, and I think now there is a change of views taking place. Yes we need to meet our energy needs, and ensure that we do that in a way that keeps energy prices down.

“But is building wind turbines all over the land the best way? Well, I think a lot of people have come to conclusion that, while yes, put them out at sea, that makes sense, but on land, there may be better ways to go.

“For example, what happens with the next stage of nuclear power, which can produce a lot more power perfectly safely. I think there is a need for a more, shall we say, enlightened approach. I’m not the energy minister but I think the report is coming soon.”

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