|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.
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|11th May 2012||The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen|
|23rd March 2012||Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer|
|24th February 2012||The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager|
|2nd December 2011||Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme|
|4th November 2011||The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.|
|30th September 2011||How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project|
|23rd September 2011||PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre|
|5th August 2011||The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills|
|24th June 2011||The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre|
|27th May 2011||Electric Cars – The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles|
|13th May 2011||Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles|
|22nd April 2011||Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock|
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|25th February 2011||Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency|
|14th January 2011||The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy|
|12th November 2010||How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming|
|15th October 2010||Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline|
|10th August 2010||The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels|
|18th June 2010||Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth|
|16th April 2010||Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People|
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|13th November 2009||Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example|
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