Here is your chance to find out about plans to expand Scout Moor Wind Farm

PUBLIC consultation event giving details about the expansion of Scout Moor Wind Farm is to take place at Bury Town Hall.

Representatives of Peel Energy and United Utilities will be on hand on Monday June 23 to provide further information about the proposals, which could see the wind farm overlooking Bury double in size.

A computer model of what the turbines would look like will be available to view, as well as information about the environmental impact of the expansion.

Details of a fund which would see the wind farm contribute to local projects and good causes will be given, in addition to a cooperative ownership scheme offering the public the chance to invest in the project.

Local councils near to the wind farm including Bury are being consulted on the plans, but the Government’s Major Infrastructure Planning Unit will have the final say.

It is believed the application could be ready for submission by the end of the year, following the consultation.

The wind farm was originally opened in September 2008 after a lengthy dispute, and is currently has 26 wind turbines.

The site is based on moorland between Edenfield, Rawtenstall and Rochdale.

Jon England, from Peel Energy, said: “Environmental and technical studies continue to suggest that open areas to the north of the site, and within the existing turbines, could accommodate turbines without impacting people living in the surrounding areas.

“The suitability of the site is partly due to its proven high wind resource, existing road access, and ability to connect the turbines to the national grid so that the power generated can be supplied to the homes and businesses of Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

“The expansion turbines could meet the electricity needs of around 40,000 homes.”

The event will take place in the Lancaster Room from 9am to noon.

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9:00pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Babbar Divino says...

There's a few "suggests" and "coulds" here. Come on we all know these turbines are not efficient. What will happen to them when they start to break down for the umpteenth time and don't become viable to repair anymore?
How much money will the increase in turbines pump into the local economy? Local not being the Isle of Man.
There's a few "suggests" and "coulds" here. Come on we all know these turbines are not efficient. What will happen to them when they start to break down for the umpteenth time and don't become viable to repair anymore? How much money will the increase in turbines pump into the local economy? Local not being the Isle of Man. Babbar Divino
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9:07am Sun 15 Jun 14

save energy says...

Ignoring aesthetics (beauty in eye of beholder), nimby s, tourism etc, lets look at facts.

- According to the wind industry, UK has 1,278 Wind-farms (may 2014) comprising – 9,912 Turbines, + approx 18,000 small units,
Total Capacity = 23 GW See - http://tinyurl.com/o
nf9wcv

As I write this, wind is contributing just 0.8 GW (We are importing 5 x that from France & Holland ) a mere 3% to our UK grid demand !! Look here - http://tinyurl.com/6
ja8btf ; It gives wind a production factor of just 2% (Gas is 70%).

See live production from your local RWE wind-farm - http://tinyurl.com/c
5b35rn
notes; 1. Capacity is in MW but output is kW so ÷ output by 1,000 to compare.
2. A minus fig indicates taking power from the grid to rotate blades.

And this is how much EXTRA we pay per mth for low density intermittent 'green' energy - http://tinyurl.com/l
rl8u49 - & yes the figs are £millions/mth !!

Do you really think that's a sensible way to use precious resources ??

It’s ALL about the subsidies…paid by us.

Lots more info from- Department of Energy & Climate Change ( DECC ) & Grid figs ( Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics ( DUKES) http://tinyurl.com/n
4k7n8 )

To see how little wind & solar contributes to our grid demand, load this app – http://www.gridwatch
.templar.co.uk/ - it auto updates every 5 mins.

And don’t start me off about the ‘community benefits’, (Google- ponzi scam ).
They take our money, give a small % back & we are supposed to see that as a benefit !!!

It is a very dangerous world, when politics trump science & engineering fact.
Ignoring aesthetics (beauty in eye of beholder), nimby s, tourism etc, lets look at facts. - According to the wind industry, UK has 1,278 Wind-farms (may 2014) comprising – 9,912 Turbines, + approx 18,000 small units, Total Capacity = 23 GW See - http://tinyurl.com/o nf9wcv As I write this, wind is contributing just 0.8 GW (We are importing 5 x that from France & Holland ) a mere 3% to our UK grid demand !! Look here - http://tinyurl.com/6 ja8btf ; It gives wind a production factor of just 2% (Gas is 70%). See live production from your local RWE wind-farm - http://tinyurl.com/c 5b35rn notes; 1. Capacity is in MW but output is kW so ÷ output by 1,000 to compare. 2. A minus fig indicates taking power from the grid to rotate blades. And this is how much EXTRA we pay per mth for low density intermittent 'green' energy - http://tinyurl.com/l rl8u49 - & yes the figs are £millions/mth !! Do you really think that's a sensible way to use precious resources ?? It’s ALL about the subsidies…paid by us. Lots more info from- Department of Energy & Climate Change ( DECC ) & Grid figs ( Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics ( DUKES) http://tinyurl.com/n 4k7n8 ) To see how little wind & solar contributes to our grid demand, load this app – http://www.gridwatch .templar.co.uk/ - it auto updates every 5 mins. And don’t start me off about the ‘community benefits’, (Google- ponzi scam ). They take our money, give a small % back & we are supposed to see that as a benefit !!! It is a very dangerous world, when politics trump science & engineering fact. save energy
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