Off-Shore Wind Farm Approved Off West Wight

The Bournemouth Daily Echo are reporting this morning that permission to build a wand wind farm off the coast of the Isle of Wight has today been approved.
There are nine zones that have received approval around the UK.
These include sites in the Irish Sea, …

The Bournemouth Daily Echo are reporting this morning that permission to build a wand wind farm off the coast of the Isle of Wight has today been approved.

Off-Shore Wind Farm Approved Off West WightThere are nine zones that have received approval around the UK.

These include sites in the Irish Sea, the Bristol Channel, the Moray Firth, the Firth of Forth, off the coast of Norfolk and of course off the Isle of Wight.

It’s thought that construction could begin by 2013-2015 as part of a £100 billion Government strategy to boost renewable power.

It’s thought that electricity generated within these off-shore wind farms could meet the needs of more than a quarter of the UK’s electricity consumption

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Friday, 8th January, 2010 11:31am

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Shobba

I just flew over the Thames estuary and saw one. In theory they are well sited offshore. Trouble was the blades I saw weren’t moving on my flight out, nor were they moving on the way back. Turbines cannot supply 20% of our energy if there is no wind.

jayne1442
Oh my word how observant. I thought the very reason that wind turbines are included in “renewables” which are intended to supply 20% of our power by 2020 is that there are obviously times when it is not windy enough for them to work. Or indeed too windy. And wind turbines are currently the most readily available of the renewables. It won’t mean you can’t put your… Read more »
jayne1442

Ooops, should read “current cold SNAP”!

Rowan

See
http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn10_004/pn10_004.aspx
which includes the note:
‘1GW of offshore wind would power around 680,000 homes. This is based on an average household consumption of 4,500KWh and an average load factor of 35%.’

L PINKERTON

Brilliant.

Rush

Good news

Wendy V

I’m looking forward to seeing what a wand farm consists of (your first paragraph). Sounds magical!

Wendy V

BBC News coverage of this here:

Shobba
If only energy was as simple as you appear to believe Jayne. You cannot just switch on and off power stations. And as we can see, Met Office predictions on weather are dire. Who can forget the barbeque summer? The mild winter? These people can’t convince me of anything anymore. If the Met Office said it was raining I’d put my hand out of the window to… Read more »
watchdog
The wind farm offshore of the Isle of Wight is listed to provide an output of 900MW of energy (0.9GW). By comparison, the puny output of 3 wind turbines at Ventnor Golf Club would have a maximum total output of 0.67MW (225KW each) – why are we despoiling our precious downland and giving agro to the hundreds of people who live within half a mile, just to… Read more »
Joe
Well, (although I massively support this huge development and think its probably the best thing the labour government has done since its been in power)… the turbines will have no direct positive impact on the island… However, the turbines at Ventnor golf club will… They will ensure the continued financial stability of the oldest golf club on the Isle of Wight. Thus being a major part of… Read more »
watchdog
Joe, have a look at the article “Officials cover up wind farm noise report” in the Sunday Times of 13 Dec 2009, which you can find at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6954565.ece It is not reassuring for the people living in Lowtherville, Gills Cliff Road and Whitwell Road, but the printed leaflets for signature handed out all over the Island by the golf club or their agents or supporters come almost… Read more »
Joe
The fact that the results of one consultancy report have been surpressed does not give any evidence that noise from wind farms is in any way dangerous. The facts of the report are: Threshold of hearing = 0 (dB) Quiet Bedroom = 35 (dB) Wind farm at 350m = 35-45 (dB) General Office = 60 (dB) Jet Aircraft at 250m = 105 (dB) Therefore, when the sound… Read more »
Rowan

I live in Lowtherville and I want to see the turbines!

Brian Lucas

Very good, but I hear a pressure group has already been formed, objecting to this scheme G.A.T (Gulls Against Turbines)

Stewart Blackmore

Whoever ‘Joe’ is, he can be our Marketing and PR man – if he’s prepared to work for nothing! I couild not have put the argument better myself, Joe

Brian, have you seen ThWART’s new website, well worth a look.
http://thwart.tumblr.com/

Don Smith

Great news – A step in the right direction.

Rush

Ventnor Golf Club is forward thinking. Look at the closed shops not just in Ventnor but around the island.

Oldie

Has anyone seen a wind turbine working lately?

Rush

Let Ventnor Golf Club put Wind Turbines up and we can see.

Wendy W

Yes, I saw one working this morninng, the small one on the way to Whitwell from Ventnor. It was wizzing round nice and fast!

Joe

When wind turbines are built they are expected to produce 30% of maximum output over their lifetime. They are not expected to spin 24/7. Also no power station produces electricity 24/7.

Rush

To much talk just try it out.

N0.5

Facts and reality have been tried numerous times..all to no avail with the NIMBYS and the longer these ‘people’ succeed in thwarting progress, the longer it will take for us to actually put reality back on the map and start contributing to this countries energy requirements, instead of sitting on a barren hill and looking down

Rush

I hope Ventnor Golf Club gets permission and the objectors see reason, this is fuelled by fear.

Shobba
Fear in my case. The real fear of seeing billions of pounds of taxpayers money wasted on something that doesn’t work. Ed Milliband talked this week about the new farms meaning lots of jobs – Vestas are the partner in the wind farm near us. As this man well knows, the jobs will not be UK jobs, they’ll be jobs for whichever country offers the most subsidy.… Read more »
Joe
“Billions of pounds of taxpayers money wasted on something that doesnt work”… A) I see no mention of taxpayers money being involved. B) Im pretty sure wind turbines do work We already have 8 GW of installed offshore capacity, I think they show that they do work. Jobs will be created. This is exactly the kind of investment required during a recession, i.e. manufacturing and infrastructure based.… Read more »
Rush

Shobba remember 500+ Vestas workers making onshore blades lost their jobs on this island.A principle reason, lack of political support locally.

Rush

This reason was given by Vestas, in The Guardian.

Rowan

‘Barmy science’? Evidence for this claim?!

L PINKERTON

If anyone is really bothered you can go to the Visitors’ Centre for Scroby Sands on the Front at Great Yarmouth and judge for yourselves. The coach fare from Southampton, via London, is as low as £8 return and the journey takes around 7 hours each way. Train takes about 5 hours from £39 return.

Rowan

How about Southern Vectis doing a bus trip?

Sailor Sam

Lol, they don’t do returns.

Shobba
The IW Vestas jobs were lost because the profit and subsidies elsewhere were greater than those likely to be made available here. It had nothing to do with local or national politicians. They paid millions of our money for the IW plant, it was wasted. If HMG had been prepared to pay Vestas even more millions in future years they may indeed have kept the plant open… Read more »
L PINKERTON

Why are you so angry? Can’t others say what they believe?

Rowan
Weather is the stuff that happens over a few days. Climate is what happens over decades. They _are_ different, but in a subtle way. To understand the difference you need to think about statistics, which is perhaps why lots of people don’t bother to try to understand – too scared of maths… As for the Met Office, they’re brilliant. They can’t get things 100% right because weather… Read more »
Rowan
Shobba, why do you believe that climate change is ‘lies and propaganda’? What evidence do you have for this claim? In whose interests would it be for climate change to be accepted as reality if it were a lie? In other words, as in a crime enquiry, where is the motive? There’s a profit motive for the big fossil fuel companies to put out the idea that… Read more »
Shobba
Those pedalling the climate change – global warming – sea level terror myths are usually lefties wanting to see less consumerism. They always hate the USA, Americans and anyone earning more than they do. This sits well with the government aganda, which is to tax all of us into misery and oblivion. They do that because they lack the guts to sort out our problems. You see… Read more »
L PINKERTON

Sad.

Joe
Shobba, those ‘peddaling’ climate change have looked at the facts and realise that the planet needs to adopt a sustainable approach to future devlopment. Consumerism has nothing to do with sustainable development. In fact, if ‘green’ electricity is used in the manufacturing of products and appropriate recycling procedures are in place then consumerism has its place in a sustainable future. ‘This sits well with the government aganda,… Read more »
Rowan
Shock, horror, Joe, I’m disagreeing with you over something! Tidal power can work around the clock. Although at any one spot there’s no power at high and low tide, for the country as a whole it can work because the tides move around the country. See Chapter 14 of David MacKay’s ‘Sustainable Energy – without the hot air’. The copy in Ventnor Library wasn’t out on loan… Read more »
Rowan
Some fair accusations, Shobba. Guilty as charged of being a lefty (and a greeny). But that’s because, as you say, there’s just not enough to go round if we go on increasing our population. So we need ways to share things out more fairly. Taxes can help do that, even though they can of course be unfair as well. But it’s not fair to make it seem… Read more »
Shobba
Thankfuly my guess is the Wight offshore farm will never get built. The government subsidy won’t actually happen (they are worse than broke) and without it, Vestas and pals daft efforts can’t exist. This suits me because A/ Windmills are hopeless and inefficient B/ Cost too much C/ Are not green in manufacture D/ Will soon be exposed and scrapped. E/ Look ugly and frankly silly. (… Read more »
Joe
Thankfully my guess is that the 0.9 GW West of Wight wind farm will certainly be built. Also, it is exactly these types of development that will drag us out of the recession, creating jobs. On the subject of ‘aliens’ visiting earth. One thinks that they would admire wind turbines. They would surely laugh at oil/gas/coal electricity generation, gobbling up a finite resource. Not to mention polluting… Read more »
superman

Baased on the evidence brought before me, I find Shobba ‘Guilty’ of burying her head in the sand. Let the rest us get on with living for the future and leave Shobba behind…..

Shobba
‘Creating jobs’ is always the argument of last resort. How many jobs? For how long? These questions are never adequately answered. Any job created by the billions spent by government on windmills is as unsustainable as the windmills themselves. Think Delorean and you’ll get it about right. Give me a bullion and I’ll create a few jobs for a few years. Anyone could do that. Real industries… Read more »
L PINKERTON

With the greatest respect to everyone, hasn’t this ceased to be argument and become mere assertion?

Shobba

Yep. I agree. Those on the save the planet / build a windmill side won’t change their minds, despite increasing credible scientific evidence that the planet is in a cooling phase zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

joe

Shobba, having your own opinion is fine, but lying isnt. To anyone reading the above comment, there is no evidence of any long term climatic cooling since the start of the industrial revolution.

N0.5

clearly from the ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZshe is talking in her sleep and having a dream

Shobba

Your na na na na responses prove my point.. zzzzzzzzz

N0.5

thats one ‘na’ short of ‘sweet soul music’

Shobba

‘Na Na Na Nah, Hey Hey, Goodbye’ you mean? Great song! If only we could kiss those silly subsidised wind things goodbye eh!

N0.5

Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley

Look it up on Youtube

We’ll all say goodbye when the last lights go out

Bob E.....
I’ve just found this site.. Interesting, but it would be good if one had to inform the reader of one’s connection with the energy lobbies.. I’m an old recreational sailor.. Boat at Christchurch.. It won’t make any difference to me ’cause I’ve only a year or three left in me… But I really think it’s criminal to put a heap of wind turbines smack in the way… Read more »