Sunday, 18 July 2010

Windfarms

As a committed advocate of windfarms as a source of renewable energy I was particularly concerned when I read this story in today's Scotsman which indicates that Scottish windfarms have only provided half the energy they were expected to provide this year; 17% instead of 30%. With this being such a topical issue along the North Wales coast with the Gwynt y Mor windfarm perhaps we as local politicians should be more challenging as to exactly how much power large scale windfarms will generate and are they a cost effective way of delivering renewable power. I suppose the only problem being is that planning consent for such development are not devolved to the Welsh Government, and we have no control over the development of our own natural resources; a point made by Hywel Williams here.

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