Comment posted Now see for yourself: For Argyll challenges anyone to say SPR plans for Argyll Array at Tiree are acceptable by Tim McIntyre.
Seems like a strange thing for an engineer to write: “…1MW of energy generated by wind-turbines is 1MW of CO2 emissions saved from conventional energy generation”
A megawatt is not a unit of energy or CO2 emission, it is a unit of power. Engineers are usually pretty fussy about getting that kind of thing right, in my experience.
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- Malcolm – the installed capacity of hydro plant in Scotland is around 1.4GW, and the typical average load factor across the fleet is around 30-40%. This is about the same as the projected load factor for offshore wind, so the comparison is entirely valid in energy output terms.
- The SPR photo montages are certainly an eye-opener to the scale of the proposal. I’m not too concerned about the visual impact because I just don’t find wind turbines offensive to the eye – at least no more so than any of the other visible effects of day to day human life on the landscape – though that is of course just a personal view.
As Karl & Donald Meek say, there are many other much more important potential impacts in terms of navigation, marine wildlife, perhaps local climatic effects among others. These need to be properly investigated and shown to be acceptable. The endless scrapping over whether turbines can be hidden by strategically-held thumbs, or whether base structures can be seen or not, seems little more than a pointless distraction.
It is also a pity that newsroom does not attempt to balance the tone of FA’s coverage of the renewables issue with some research and comment on its potential benefits. Argyll is badly in need of some economic diversification and very little has so far been said on what opportunities the marine renewables industry may present, to help sustain and grow our communities in the wider context of Argyll.
It should also be borne in mind that this single array as proposed will have an installed capacity almost a third greater than the sum total of all the hydro-electric generation plant in Scotland. Its impacts have to be judged in that context: any type of energy installation of that size will have significant impacts on the local area in which it is sited.
If you want to deny the validity of opinions of anyone who does not live on Tiree, then I would suggest that a high proportion of objections to this project will have to be disregarded on similar grounds – certainly if the typical response to onshore wind planning applications is anything to go by.
Recent comments by Tim McIntyre
- Problems with both pro-indy and pro-union campaigns
“Johnson is also the Mayor of the UK’s biggest USP – the majestic London.
Most of us wouldn’t want to live there but who doesn’t want it as ‘ours’ – the international envy of its huge economic engine…”
I’m pretty sure this is the first time I have seen the conspicuous and ever-increasing concentration of the UK nations’ wealth and power in London portrayed as the ‘positive case for the union’
- PR gaffes in Community Land Scotland’s ‘Bunchrew Land Declaration’
Is it just me, or does this article, and the comments which follow, concentrate solely on sniping at the title of the initiative because no-one has anything interesting to say about its intent?
From Rhoda Grant’s quote above: “The declaration also acknowledges the deep divisions in Scotland’s land ownership patterns addressing the terrible reality that fewer than 500 people own half of Scotland’s land.”
That statistic is surely a pretty shocking anachronism in the 21st century isn’t it?
- Donors, public money and funding the independence referendum campaigns
Karl – “…if the SG ( SNP) had pushed the devo-max option I would have supported it 100%”
They did. It was Westminster that refused the third option on the ballot paper.
- The no-no campaign
Jamie – I’m not sure if your point is about corroboration or democracy. Majority governing parties pushing through unpopular measures despite opposition is hardly indicative of a democratic crisis – it happens all the time in Westminster, where coalition government is the exception not the rule.
In Scotland at the moment, there is a combination of lack of voter participation (turnout at Holyrood elections far too low) and a lack of credible opposition (other major parties sending all their best & brightest to serve in Westminster where the real power lies). Those two factors could be argued to mean that our democracy functions less than effectively. Oh, and the lack of a constitution or other means to check the power of politicians.
- The no-no campaign
That’s fine in principle Robert, but I think there is a fair expectation that journalists will at least try to interrogate people in positions of high authority who make assertions that are of crucial importance to a debate – you can’t dismiss something said by Mr Barroso as a mere ‘opinion’, like yours or mine – he’s the president of the EC! Marr should have gone into strong devil’s-advocate mode (as he did with Salmond) and drilled down into WHY Barroso thinks that. Perhaps it would have been genuinely enlightening, or perhaps we would have seen just as much prevarication as you say he got from Salmond.
As former BBC Scotland journalist Derek Bateman said on his blog afterwards: “If you have a title, you get automatic respect from the national broadcaster, no matter what you actually say.”
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