Climate Change Challenge for Candidates
With the certainty of a General Election next year Pembrokshire South East Energy Group will give members and friends the opportunity to probe the policies of the major political parties with regard to the challenges posed by global warming and climate change. The country is entitled to know how they intend to respond to the clearly expressed views of over 90% of the world's top scientists.
It was confirmed at PSEEG's last meeting on 17th September that all four prospective parliamentary candidates for the Carmarthen West and Pembrokeshire South constituency had agreed to take part in a Question Time Event on the 29th January at the Regency Hall, Saundersfoot. Nick Ainger MP (Labour), John Dixon (Plaid Cymru), John Gossage (Liberal Democrat) and Simon Hart (Conservative) will each have the opportunity to convince the audience that their Party has the right answer to these fundamental questions.
The meeting had previously been fascinated by a talk given by local renewable energy expert Nick Dorrell. Nick outlined his long experience in the installation of domestic wind turbines. Generally he dealt with machines of up to 11kw. He explained that the siting of the turbine was critical with average wind speeds of at least 5 to 5 1/2 metres per second being the minimum required. One make he particularly recommended cost approximately £45,000 but could generate an income of £9,000 per year; hence paying off its purchase and installation costs within five years.
Nick went on to explain that he was expanding his business and with his business partner Paul Bromley was now able to offer a wider range of micro-generation products including photovoltaic cells, solar water heating, heat pumps and biomass boilers. All these products were now significantly more attractive financially with the much more generous feed-in-tariff due to be paid from 1st April 2010. A huge increase in demand was anticipated. The Chair thanked Nick for a most interesting and informative presentation.
The meeting continued with news that dates had been confirmed for the interview and appointment of consultants to undertake the energy survey of South East Pembrokeshire. The members agreed that the officers should represent the Group at these meetings.
More information on this would be available at the next meeting which will take place at the Regency Hall, Saundersfoot at 7pm on Thursday 22nd October when the speaker will be Jo Horsely of Environment Wales. Jo will address the meeting on the topic of small scale environmentally friendly and sustainable projects. The title of her talk will be Grass Roots Environmental Projects in Wales. All members of the public are cordially invited to attend.
|2nd October 2009||A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind|
|11th September 2009||Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire|
|10th July 2009||A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential|
|12th June 2009||St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability|
|24th April 2009||Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire|
|13th March 2009||Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun|
|13th February 2009||Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?|
|14th November 2008||Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG|
|17th October 2008||PSEEG to become a Registered Charity|