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A Fair Wind?

28th September 2012

The village hall in New Hedges

The first meeting at New Hedges Village Hall

A Fair Wind?

          At their recent meeting Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group, held for the first time at New Hedges Village Hall, were delighted to welcome as their guest speaker, Steve Hack of Seren Energy.

          His main theme was to describe progress on the Group's renewable energy project. However he introduced his presentation by explaining again why carbon free energy generation was so important. The scientific community had been shocked by the unprecedented extent of the shrinkage of sea ice in the Arctic this summer far worse than even the most pessimistic predictions. It was the clearest signal yet of the consequences of man-made climate change resulting mainly from our over-reliance on fossil fuels.

          It was more important than ever that we take advantage of all opportunities, including community scale action, for the generation of clean green energy.

          Steve then gave details of progress on PSEEG's wind turbine project. The height of the turbine tower selected on the East Williamston site would be approximately fifty metres and the blade length approximately twenty-four metres. It had a rated output of 500kWs.

          Noise assessments had been completed and had shown that noise from the turbine would be well below the legal limits. Graphs produced from data collected on-site clearly indicated that the background noise would be greater than turbine generated noise.

          Work currently close to completion involved finalising the legal work and the ecology report. Phase 1 survey of the latter had been completed. Out-buildings, farmhouse, hedges, trees and marsh areas had been surveyed. A bat study had been completed and had indicated the presence of Pipestrelle, Greater Horseshoe and Brown Long Eared bats. As the turbine will be sited more than fifty metres away from hedges their main foraging areas no issues were identified as risks were deemed negligible. A bird survey showed a wide range of birds on the site, including kingfishers and some raptors. A winter bird survey remains to be undertaken.

          Following the completion of the latter it was estimated that a planning application would be submitted in February next year.

          Steve completed his talk with a word of caution. People were entitled to their own views on wind turbines. However remarks he had made at the January meeting of PSEEG regarding constraints affecting the Group's project were specific to that turbine on that site. He was greatly saddened to see that some of his comments were used by objectors to totally different projects on different sites as a justification of their opposition. The result was to mislead rather than inform.

          The Chair thanked Steve for his efforts on the Group's behalf. His next report would be awaited with eager anticipation.


Past Articles
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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