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Let's make money out of being windy says West council

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: June 07, 2014

By Lyn Barton, WMN reporter, Twitter: @BartonLyn

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Delabole wind farm. Photo by Peter Glaser

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Many local councils have been accused of being long winded, but now one Westcountry authority is making a virtue out of it.

Cornwall Council is considering entering the fiercely competitive energy market by erecting a wind turbine which will generate money as well as power.

The council wants to install a single windmill at Ventonteague Farm just north of the A30, close to the village of Zelah and Carland Cross roundabout.

However, it says no decisions on potential planning bids will be made until local opinion can be gauged.

An early outline suggest that the turbine could generate 4,796,100 kw of power annually, enough to provide power for just over 1,100 homes.

The “community benefit” was described as being £150,000 during the life of the turbine, approximately 20 years.

The council said surveys to determine impact on the ecology of the local area as well as any historic relics was under way.

The presence of nearby Newquay Airport is not necessarily a problem, said one report already compiled: “An independent aviation assessment has been undertaken for the Ventonteague development.

“This assessment has identified that impacts are possible on Newquay airport and the air defence radar at Portreath.

“However, the operational re-powered Carland Cross wind farm adjacent to the Ventonteague site demonstrates that turbines in this area are currently acceptable.

“A consultation exercise with all relevant local aviation stakeholders in the vicinity including military and civil airfield operators is ongoing. The outcome of these aviation consultations that are required will be presented in the Environmental Statement that will be submitted in support of the planning application.

“We are aware of all of the issues relating to the safety of air traffic and radar impacts in the area and will seek to agree any required mitigation with those concerned if it is required.”

The council said wind power was an ideal Green resource in Cornwall: “Cornwall has high average annual wind speed of 6.5 metres per second. This wind resource was first harnessed when the UK’s first commercial scale wind farm was constructed at Delabole in 1991 with a capacity of 4MW.

“There are now a number operational commercial wind farms in Cornwall with a total installed capacity of more than 60MW, as well as many individual installations.”

A public event will be held on the following days:

• Monday June 9 at St Erme Community Centre.

• Tuesday June 10 at St Erme Village Hall

On both days, members of the project development team will be present from 10am and until 6pm to answer questions and take comments.

Formal presentations will take place at 8pm on both days.

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  • rolandsmith  |  June 08 2014, 1:43PM

    How much Council Tax payers' money is it going to take to generate this claimed £150,000 community benefit? And, having spent our taxes on this project, its installation and upkeep, the turbine will be subsidised from our ever-increasing electricity bills. This is daylight robbery, forcing more and more people into fuel poverty. Cornwall Council, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

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  • wgates  |  June 08 2014, 1:06PM

    This is an abuse of the authority's powers. Councils are not set up to provide commercial projects and straying down this path will lead to unfortunate consequencies and potentially legal implications. Re newquay airport , I can understand the reasons and it can be argued that it is a public service that should be maintained. However even here there are rumblings of misuse of taxpayers money. Going down this route is a dangerous step.

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  • PAWB46  |  June 08 2014, 11:57AM

    This is yet another example of a council that doesn't know what it is doing. It says "4,796,100 kw of power annually". We don't produce power annually - we produce energy, which would be in units of kWh. Does the council emp[loy any power engineers? I guess not. It is no wonder the country' electricity supply is getting so expensive and is running out, when decisions are made by ignorantt councils. What will those 1,100 homes do when the wind doesn't blow? The council doesn't say? Perhaps it thinks they can get their electricity from solar farms - but no, perhaps they think the sun shines at night. The country is truly in a mess with councils like this in existence and making decisions about something of which they are completely ignorant.

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  • johndavies  |  June 08 2014, 9:31AM

    ( "The "community benefit" was described as being £150,000 during the life of the turbine, approximately 20 years." ) ••• thats just £7,500 / yr ••• Paied for by your increased electrisity bills !!! ) "An early outline SUGGESTS that the turbine COULD generate 4,796,100 kw of power annually," ) Actual Capacity Factor of UK wind ≈27% of its total capacity. see how little power wind produces - ••Interactive switchable graph showing Live UK Grid status - demand & generation by all fuels http://tinyurl.com/o4qedrk (you can switch the different fuels on/off & zoom, - follow the onscreen instructions) •• This site gives UK Grid status - demand & generation by fuels.….. now + Day, Wk, Mth, Yr, history. * Caution *, scales are all different so don't compare at first glance !! Look at the figures !! http://tinyurl.com/6ja8btf

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