Cheverton Down: Cornwall Light & Power: Official Update

Following on from the revelation on VentnorBlog that there’s a chance of some large-scale wind turbines on the Wight, we’ve been in touch with Cornwall Light & Power who own the site on Cheverton Down with the current wind turbine planning permission on it.
Katherine Doerr, …

Cheverton Down: Cornwall Light & Power: Official UpdateFollowing on from the revelation on VentnorBlog that there’s a chance of some large-scale wind turbines on the Wight, we’ve been in touch with Cornwall Light & Power who own the site on Cheverton Down with the current wind turbine planning permission on it.

Katherine Doerr, Development Manager at Cornwall Light & Power told us the following, “Cornwall Light & Power has planning permission to build a small wind farm comprising three turbines at Cheverton Down.

However, this planning consent originally dates from 1993 and the technology specified is no longer available to buy, so we would have to use second-hand turbines brought over from the mainland.



“For this reason, we intend to submit a revised planning application for three modern turbines which would support Vestas manufacturing and research and development on the Island, and would produce ten times more clean, emissions-free electricity than the consented turbines would allow.

“This would be in-keeping with the principles of the Eco-Island strategy and help to make the Island a world leader in renewable energy technology.

“We recently visited the Big Green Picnic and saw overwhelming public support for our proposals, so we very much look forward to working with the local public and stakeholders to help shape our plans for wind energy on the Isle of Wight.



“We will make further information available via our website at in due course.”

Friday, 6th June, 2008 8:33am

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Ray Fellows

Re Cheverton Down. Good job we have not relied on wind power this last 3 weeks or so!! My question, as I have not seen it mentioned in the local press, how is the power generated by these wind turbines going to be connected to the National Grid?

Tommy
You have been reading the weather stats too eh, Ray. Average wind speed for the last 3 weeks over the island was just about 8m.p.h., but there is an anemometer on a very long stick attached to a small helium balloon up on Cheverton which has measured wind speeds of 25 m.p.h. every day for the last 2 years. They would be connected to the NG by… Read more »
Ray Harrington-Vail

The comment is sometimes made about the reliability of wind. No one is suggesting that only wind power be used for our future energy needs.
Research by Oxford Uni has shown that the windiest times in the UK generally match times of peak demand.
The question that must be answered is what happens when there is no oil!
http://www.peakoil.net

Ray
The AONB is not going to be ‘despoiled’ with underground cables! Those living in the AONB are served by utilities. Many people in West Wight want mains gas – presumably that should be opposed too – as the underground piping would ‘despoil’ also. AONB’s were not set up to freeze the countryside in a romantic vision of yesteryear. If people want electricity and mains gas it has… Read more »
Ray
On the subject of reliability may I also point out that bio-fuels are also subject to problems. Pests, droughts and other weather conditions could cause crop failures. So should we also reject ruining this type of energy too? Coving the countryside in non-native elephant grass might also bring objections from those who hate anything new. Seriously -All types of renewables must be used – a diversity of… Read more »