Wind farms and the Landscape: Your views
With the depletion of traditional fossil fuels, wind farms are cropping up all over Suffolk. But what do you think about wind farms?
How do they work?
The energy of the wind is captured in the rotation of the blades of the wind turbine and their rotation creates power that is then converted into electricity by a generator. This is then transmitted via submarine cables to land where it feeds into the National Grid, which provides the electricity to power our homes.
The sources that have traditionally supplied us with energy (coal, oil, gas) are on the decrease while demands for transportation, electricity and heating are increasing. It is for this reason that we need an alternative energy source to fossil fuels. It is thought that energy derived from the sun, wind and wave power are thought to be inexhaustible sources.
Suffolk's first commercial wind turbine was built on Ness Point in Lowestoft in 2004. Since then there has been a lot of plans for more. With Yarmouth and Lowestoft earmarked for major regeneration. Lowestoft is to become the regional, if not national, focal point for the industry with a five million pound Centre of Excellence. Located between two strategic development areas – the Greater Wash and Thames Estuary – this new industry is expected to create 60,000 jobs in the Eastern Region by 2020.
There is also a wind farm with six turbines at the old Second World War Parham airfield site near Framlingham and at Ness Point in Lowestoft.
Suffolk is said to be ideal because it has:
Also, following the collapse of the fishing industry in Suffolk, there is a qualified marine workforce awaiting a new industry.
The debate continues. Some argue that wind farms disturb untouched natural beauty where as others think wind farms are a good way to produce energy and bring money to the area ..
A few posts from our Message board:
"It’s really quite simple. On the one hand you have power-stations emitting gases and causing global warming - not last week we were told the sea may rise 20+ feet in the not too distant future. We have nuclear energy, but nowhere safe to dispose of the dangerous waste. Then we have barren moors, of no use to humans in way of habitation, recreation or entertainment but, on which we can build wind farms that can harness renewable energy, greenly, with no CO2 emissions. What’s the problem?"
"Right, so if it's no use to most humans then it's perfectly fine to make a complete and utter mess of it? Mostly because such areas are of limited practical use they have the huge benefit of not having been very badly damaged by our self-interested interference. Considering that when we do interfere we usually make a pretty bad mess of things, it's a good reason to leave well alone. I would really, really hate to live in a world where there are such signs of human interference everywhere. We almost do live in such a world, which is becoming increasingly ugly and depressing. We need these places to keep us sane."
"It would make far more sense to cut electricity use by 10% than to generate 10% by such hideous measures. Even if we had regular blackouts I would find it preferable to wind turbines all over the place."
What do you think?
Head over to our message board and join the discussion. Click on the link below and remember to select 'Suffolk'. It's really easy to set up an account and it's completely free. Also, your posts are put up as soon as you create them so you can chat till your heart's content!
Find out more..
More details about the proposed plans are available at The Future Of Wind farms website following the link on the menu to the right of the page.
last updated: 16/07/2008 at 11:18
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