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Should domestic wind turbines be encouraged?
Yes
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 92%  [ 12 ]
No
7%
 7%  [ 1 ]
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Rhodie



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PostPosted: 21/09/05, 07:31    Post subject: Wind Turbines Reply with quote

The parish council was recently asked, by EDDC, for its recommendation regarding a planning application for the erection of a wind turbine in the garden of a house at Yawl Hill. On the whole the council were not over enthusiastic about such developments. Some of the comments made at the meeting went something like this – “there is no need for such things, we all have the national grid” – “allow one and we will see them mushrooming all over the parish”. There was a lone voice of support from the “green” John Duffin

The district council, probably influenced by the directive from the government that non-greenhouse gas producing technologies should be encouraged, approved the application.

Should these small domestic electricity generating outposts be encouraged?
Should the reduction in global warming have a priority over people’s sensitivities over the look of the countryside?
Would I object to a giant wind turbine on Strawberry Field?
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joe



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PostPosted: 21/09/05, 15:52    Post subject: Re: Wind Turbines Reply with quote

Wind turbines are a great idea. Seaton Primary school had one and it not only helped the environment but made money by selling energy to the national grid.

I had no idea that uplyme was in East Devon my dad (who used to work for EDDC) just clarified it for me.
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oliver



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PostPosted: 21/09/05, 15:59    Post subject: That would be good Reply with quote

it would be good to help the enviroment by placing wind turbines around a none residential area
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geoff



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PostPosted: 21/09/05, 17:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would tend to agree. Shouldn't they be placed where the most wind is for example ? ie. on tops of hills and moorland etc. A bit nimby perhaps, but there is now a long tradition of placing unsightly, noisy things away from centres of population (ie. industrial estates are usually sited out of towns etc.)

I am generally very much in favour of wind and wave power though.

Does anyone know much power (kW) will one of these domestic generators produce in a good wind? Or if you prefer, how much energy (kWh) will they produce in a year in this country's average wind conditions?

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Rhodie



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PostPosted: 21/09/05, 22:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

geoff wrote:

Does anyone know much power (kW) will one of these domestic generators produce in a good wind? Or if you prefer, how much energy (kWh) will they produce in a year in this country's average wind conditions?
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There is one on the market for bolting to the side of a house. It has a max. output of 500 watts and costs £1,000.

The one to be installed at Yawl Hill I believe knocks out 2.5 kWs and costs £10,000 and is free standing.

The smaller one has not got the facility of selling surplus electricity back to the grid. Whilst the larger one will. Although the amount the electricity board pays for this electricity is a small fraction of the price they charge you for electricity. I don’ think that these turbines will take off until a fair price is paid for electricity sold to the board. But then they will have a great future and should become a common feature both in towns and the countryside.
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PostPosted: 01/10/05, 10:44    Post subject: wind turbines Reply with quote

i voted yes beacause theres a lot of space in some fields for the wind turbines.
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oliver



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PostPosted: 01/10/05, 10:49    Post subject: But... Reply with quote

Do you think that farmers would alow you to put up wind turbines in there fields?
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joe



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PostPosted: 03/10/05, 18:47    Post subject: hmmmm? Reply with quote

Some farmers can be rather defensive of their fields! Mad

No offense to any farmers on this forum.
If there are any.
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scott



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PostPosted: 03/10/05, 19:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

In principle I support it and would consider one too.
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PostPosted: 03/10/05, 23:06    Post subject: Re: But... Reply with quote

oliver wrote:
Do you think that farmers would alow you to put up wind turbines in there fields?

But what we are talking about here are small turbines, small enough to be fitted on buildings and in gardens. Many farmers keen to diversify would welcome the larger wind turbines on their land as they do mobile phone masts. A mobile phone mast will bring in £6,000 a year. A wind farm of half a dozen giants would be a nice little earner.
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PostPosted: 04/10/05, 17:15    Post subject: i disagree Reply with quote

im sorry but i dissagree because i belive that it would ruin the landscape
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PostPosted: 04/10/05, 17:52    Post subject: Out voted... Reply with quote

It looks like you have been out voted Chris
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Rhodie



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PostPosted: 05/10/05, 06:38    Post subject: Re: i disagree Reply with quote

chris P wrote:
im sorry but i dissagree because i belive that it would ruin the landscape

I am afraid that protection of the landscape, something that I am otherwise passionately dedicated to, may fast become a luxury that we can no longer afford. If drastic changes to our lifestyles are not made soon then by the time Chris reaches retirement age these same landscapes may be entirely different. The threat that global warming poses must be grasped by all of us. The installation of small domestic wind turbines in gardens and on houses by as many homeowners as possible together with many more installations of commercial wind farms will help to ward off this Armageddon. Sad
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PostPosted: 05/10/05, 08:26    Post subject: Global warming Reply with quote

There is a useful document explaining the realities of Global Warming by Dr. Caroline Lucas (MEP) at:

http://www.carolinelucasmep.org.uk/publications/pdfs_and_word/SE_Climate_change.pdf

To quote from her document...

"In order to power a standard domestic two kilowatt bar
heater for one hour, using electricity generated by
burning fossil fuels, around a kilogram of carbon dioxide
(the same weight as a medium bag of sugar) is released into
the atmosphere at the power station"

“There is a lot wrong with our world. But it is not as bad as
many people think. It is worse. Global warming is slowly but
relentlessly changing the face of the planet.”

Michael Meacher MP - Former Environment Minister
The Guardian , 14 February 2003

It almost makes me want to change my sig Sad
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PostPosted: 05/10/05, 16:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok i geuss small ones would be ok but aparently in the midlands a number of birds have been killed by them but otherwise i geuss i agree with you guys
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