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RenewableUK 2010: Anti wind farm campaigners could cost England over £1.3bn

Anti wind farm campaigners could cost local and regional communities across England £1.3 billion in lost investment, jobs, community activities and increased business rates for local authorities, according to RenewableUK.

The £1.3bn figure represents money that would flow directly to businesses and organisations at the local and regional level.

The investment opportunities in English wind farms are outlined in a report commissioned by RenewableUK from GL Garrard Hassan.

The figures are based on onshore wind farm developments seeking planning consent in England at the present time, and do not include investment that has been already delivered and is ongoing for local companies across England from wind farms that are operational.

The study seeks to quantify the financial benefits to England's regions of onshore wind farms.

The GL Garrad Hassan report highlights the development and investment opportunities across the UK, the capital expenditure opportunities for local companies engaged in construction, and the ongoing maintenance opportunities for local engineering companies during the lifespan of all wind farms.

In addition, through plans that are under consideration by the government, renewable energy projects will be able to provide 100% of business rates payable to local authorities, and local community initiatives will be supported financially through funds agreed at part of the planning process.

Commenting on the report, Maria McCaffery MBE, Chief Executive of RenewableUK, says: "The UK wind energy industry is already bringing investment and jobs for local people and companies all across the country, and can deliver many more financial benefits in the years ahead.

“Aesthetic concerns may often be the grounds for refusal of wind farm developments at planning stage, but they can also be seen as selfish concerns when considered against the tangible benefits that wind energy can bring, not only for the benefit of the environment but just as importantly for local jobs and funds for investment, ongoing for the entire lifespan of a wind farm development.

“By halting developments, anti wind farm campaigners are doing their local communities a disservice, and one that no-one can afford in these difficult economic times".

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Chief said

05 November 2010
We really must stop all this histerical nonesense when people protest about onshore Large Scale Wind Turbines near to their homes.
It does the cause no good at all to talk nonesense about job losses or creation.
In the vast majority of cases, the Turbines are installed by skilled engineers brought in from outside the local area and the maintenance requirements are just a few man days per year, again almost always done by engineers from outside the area.
Most installations take from 6 to 8 months, so at the very least there is community disruption, lets be honest and up front about it and not get into denial.
One of my colleagues recently told me that there are about 250 active protest groups about on-shore Large Scale Wind Farm Installation, they cant all be 'professional' protesters or loonies>
Dont you think it is about time we started taking their concerns seriously instead of just trying scaremongering like this silly article, which just undermines the case for their proliferation.
Is there one near your home and are you happy about it?
If not lets shut up and find people who have experienced them near their homes and ask their honest opinion, if those opinions are negative then lets address them and try and make the installations more palatable by implimenting changes, if nessesary.
If the comments are favourable, then lets use them to reassure 'new' neighbours to LSWT

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