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Using Nature's Energy Resources

26th May 2017

Ponies with a wind turbine at Tiree

Ponies with a wind turbine at Tiree

Using Nature's Energy Resources

          Ben Ferguson-Walker has been the Development Officer for the Welsh Government's Ynni'r Fro scheme since it's inception in 2009. He was the speaker at Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group's (PSEEG) May meeting to give an update on the past and future of renewable energy not only in Pembrokeshire but across the UK.

          He explained that we have access to abundant current energy sources - such as wind, solar, tidal and hydro. Each year it becomes clearer and more pressing that we must limit our use of fossil fuels. Currently the UK government supports fossil fuels by 400 per person per year as against renewable energy 112 per person per year.

          Ben entertained us with a song starting with Lemmings (and how we laughed about their supposed habit of following each other over the cliffs); then Fossil Fuels (putting the climate on the floor). Humans followed (instigating their own demise). Darwin's theory of evolution and the problems with man-made climate change deniers were highlighted. Are we following the Lemmings?

          The Welsh Government introduced the Future Generations Act. Along with many proposals it supports and encourages community sustainable energy. This has enabled and encouraged local councils to be positive in their approach to renewable energy. Pembrokeshire County Council is looking at it's estate and promoting it's own schemes; planning and putting photovoltaic panels above the carpark and pursuing an Archimedes screw in the weir outside County Hall. The electricity will be fed directly into County Hall. Many other schemes are being looked at around the County.

          Ben mentioned the Pembrokeshire Pioneers including PSEEG, Transition Bro Gwaun (TBG) at Fishguard and Cwm Arian Renewable Energy (CARE) at Hermon. TBG has successfully installed a wind turbine near Fishguard and are currently researching tidal energy off Strumble Head. PSEEG had worked on a proposed wind turbine project at East Williamston and although it was no longer involved, the scheme is being carried forward by Community Energy in Pembrokeshire. The project has gained planning permission for a 900kW turbine. CARE has got planning permission for a 700kW turbine. The last two face the same problems. As Feed in Tariffs (FiTs) are no longer available they are looking at alternative ways of supplying the electricity locally. It was pointed out that had CARE been granted permission when originally applied for, it could have put 4 million pounds into the local community over 25 years.

          A number of schemes around the country were looking at how the electricity generated could be supplied locally at a reduced price. When the renewable energy was not available the electricity would come from the grid. The idea was that people would plan their use to take advantage of the much reduced local rate.

          Tiers Cross local Community Council invested in a renewable scheme and has 24,000 to re-invest locally per year.

          Currently around Pembrokeshire there are many communities looking at various schemes including one at Llanteg Park looking at micro-generation.

          Ben illustrated how we can have concern at a global level, influence what I can do and control over our own life. The mantra being 'think globally act locally'.

           He was warmly thanked for his inspirational talk which showed that communities across Wales are finding ways of overcoming the set backs suffered by the removal of FiTs. He has been a support to PSEEG from its inception.


Past Articles
24th March 2017The Art of Hiding The Truth: A talk by Janet Roberts after seeing the film 'Merchants of Doubt'
27th January 2017Keeping the Lights On: A Quick Trip through the Story of Light: A talk by Philip Wathen
23rd September 2016The Legacy of Past Energy Decisions: A talk by Tim Deere-Jones
29th July 2016Dirty Oil: A film about the extraction of oil from the tar sands of Alberta
27th May 2016The Truth About Climate Change: A film by David Attenborough
25th March 2016European Union Funding Support for Pembrokeshire: A talk by Steven Bradley from PLANED
29th January 2016What Lessons We Can Learn About Fracking?: Thoughts after watching the film 'Gasland'
27th November 2015Resilient Communities in an Emergency: A talk by Pauline Louchart, Emergency Planning Officer, PCC
25th September 2015Cyd Cymru (Wales Together) collective energy switching scheme: A talk prepared by Lisa Davies, PCC
24th July 2015Skomer Marine Reserve - and much more: An illustrated talk by Blaise Bullimore
26th June 2015A visit to Stackpole Walled Garden: with Ian Wilshaw, Treasurer, Mencap Pembs, and Mike Evans, SDF Project Manager
29th May 2015Protecting Pembrokeshire's Coastline: A talk by Emyr Williams, PCC Coast Protection Engineer
10th April 2015Your Parliamentary Candidates' Answers to the PSEEG Questionnaire
3rd April 2015A visit to the RWE Pembroke Power Station, arranged by Marten Lewis from the Darwin Centre
27th March 2015Present and Future Flood Risks Explained: A talk by Richard Wicks & Phill Pickersgill from NRW
23rd January 2015Our Home Planet: The showing of the film 'Home' by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
28th November 2014Marine Energy in Pembrokeshire: A talk by Louise Rigby, co-ordinator for Marine Energy Pembrokeshire (MEP)
24th October 2014Extreme Weather Events: A talk on changing weather patterns by Janet Roberts, secretary of PSEEG
26th September 2014Renew Wales - Supporting Groups Across Wales: A talk on the work of this important organisation
25th July 2014How Green is our Wales?: A talk by Rhodri Asby, Deputy Director for Climate Change and Natural Resource Policy
27th June 2014Ty Solar at Rhosygilwen: A visit by members and friends of PSEEG
23rd May 2014Global Warming & Climate Change: A talk by Janet Roberts, secretary, PSEEG
28th March 2014The Swansea Bay Tidal Energy Lagoon: A talk by Owain Morris, Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) plc
24th January 2014P.C.N.P. supports Sustainable Development: A talk by Emma Taylor, SDF Administrator
29th November 2013To Frack or Not to Frack: A talk by John Childs from Safe Energy Wales
11th October 2013Quiet Revolution at Pembroke Dock: A visit with Marten Lewis to the Quiet Revolution factory
27th September 2013Keeping the lights and heating on: A talk by Graham Goodeve
28th June 2013Pembroke 21C Community Association: A talk by Elizabeth Gossage, Pembroke 21C Development Officer
24th May 2013Life beneath the waves; the beauties and the beasts: A talk by Blaise Bullimore, European Marine Site Officer
29th March 2013The National Trust in Wales - Energy Neutral by 2015: A talk by Paul Southall, NT Environment Advisor
1st March 2013Climate Change and a Sustainable Future: A talk by Peter Davies, Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales
25th January 2013Waste Not Want Not: A talk by Hywel Gibbs, Pembrokeshire County Council Waste Awareness Officer
30th November 2012Array of Hope: A talk by Paul Carter & Kim Daye from RWE Renewables on The Atlantic Array
26th October 2012The Green Deal: A talk by William Silverstone of Silverstone Green Energy
28th September 2012A Fair Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy on PSEEG's renewable energy project
14th September 2012Not a Waste of Time: a visit to Withyhedges Landfill and recycling centre
29th June 2012The Need for a More Sustainable Future: A talk by Geraldine Leach of Transition Narberth
1st June 2012Know your Flood Risk: A talk by Andy Irving, Flood Risk Management Team Leader
11th May 2012The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen
23rd March 2012Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer
24th February 2012The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager
2nd December 2011Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme
4th November 2011The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.
30th September 2011How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project
23rd September 2011PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre
5th August 2011The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills
24th June 2011The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre
27th May 2011Electric Cars The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
13th May 2011Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
22nd April 2011Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock
1st April 2011A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock
25th February 2011Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency
14th January 2011The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy
12th November 2010How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming
15th October 2010Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline
10th August 2010The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels
18th June 2010Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth
16th April 2010Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People
12th March 2010Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife
12th February 2010Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot
15th January 2010Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy
4th December 2009Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire
13th November 2009Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example
16th October 2009Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines
2nd October 2009A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind
11th September 2009Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire
10th July 2009A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential
12th June 2009St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability
24th April 2009Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire
13th March 2009Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun
13th February 2009Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?
14th November 2008Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG
17th October 2008PSEEG to become a Registered Charity

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