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|Grampian Pro Wind Alliance
Compared with fossil fuels and nuclear power, renewable energy that harnesses the sun, the wind and other natural energy flows is relatively benign. In particular, very few pollutants are emitted per unit of energy generated. Moreover, renewables provide a diverse, secure and inexhaustible source of energy. Coupled with a programme of improved energy efficiency, renewable energy displaces finite or less benign energy sources in response to peak oil and climate change.
All energy systems have an impact on the natural environment. It is inevitable, therefore, that conflicts of interest will arise between providing energy services and ensuring that people, wildlife and open spaces are adequately protected. The environmental impacts of most renewable energy technologies are considerably less than those of the current energy systems they displace. Visual intrusion is sensed only by humans, but nevertheless is extremely important. If there is an understanding of the benefits of a particular installation, then the physiological and aesthetic impact is likely to be favourable.
The Grampian Pro Wind Alliance is an association of local individuals and groups who are convinced that renewables are vital for the future and who are therefore in favour of developing properly designed local renewable generating capability. Grampian Pro Wind aims to provide objective information, backed by sound research and references.
What you can do:
• Submit a support statement for Cairnborrow Windfarm (Huntly) - click here for details
Good News: Feb 2014: Moray Council planning committee approves Aultmore with 8:4 majority
Good News: June 2013: Scottish Government grants approval for Tom nan Clach, following public inquiry
Good News: Dec 2011: Scottish Government grants approval for Dorenell, following public inquiry
Good News: Dec 2010: Aberdeenshire Council approves Clashindarroch, following officer's recommendation
Current windfarm proposals
NEW: ProWA blog
Links / News
Do wind turbines need backup?
FoE Scotl. Confident Communities project
Wind turbines do not make people sick
"Wind turbine syndrome": the sickening truth
The Age of Stupid
Are windfarms a health risk?
Moves to answer windfarm fears
Clash support letter in Huntly Express
The Age of Stupid
Villagers want extra turbine
RSPB: Proactive planning for onshore wind
Nimbyism and cowardice
Germany: Renewable energy economy
Efficient power at any wind speed
Wind power could meet US needs
Pro Wind Alliance
Page last updated 25 February 2014
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