Jake you are partly correct there are “fire risk” exclusion zones around turbines placed in forested areas…access roads…buried cabling etc. What is more alarming is firstly, further flooding of our glens for pumped storage of electricity generated by industrial windfarms will destroy further percieved wilderness areas…and of course the thorn in the side of upland wind power stations…peat disturbance.
The doctor is right to a certain level, the Government is planning to increase forest cover in Scotland from the current 17% of our land surface to 25% and there is some available funding…however, there is a bit of a spin going on here…much of the re aforestation will be indigenous (Scots Pine/oak/alder/birch/rowan etc) this is done by exclusion of sheep and re-fencing (exclusion of deer by re-fencing too)…subsides are simply moved from EU sheep grants to forestry grants…there is a great environmental benefit to this…but little or no economic return (I was involved with the schemes on my farm on Ardnamurchan) However, this form of set-aside is something I personnal wholeheartedly support (the Scottish indigenous treeline should be over 500m ! much of our landscape is the legacy of sheep farming)
Any viable economic returns via re-aforestation generally take place with commercial softwoods/conifers…many of which are not indigenous, re-aforestation with these species does little to our “real” Scottish environment and in many cases is not just a false blot on the landscape and a form initself of industrialisation, but also detremental on mass to peat lands…causes acidification of burns and can also reduces both avian and other fauna usage of these areas.
Karl Hughes also commented
- You should come to Tiree…! see the basking sharks…it’s a bumper year so far.
- Hi, I Will be around Ardfern in my Contessa during my next break (weather permitting) Lets have a pint or two.
- “potential gravy train before others cottoned on” ???
Without involving NTA…and totally from a personal perspective:
I tell you why Malcolm…because we showed the initiative to share a resource and put the profits directly into our community and not into the hands of off island share holders. If legislation and finance allowed we would use the all the generated power (directly) rather than indirectly on the island…and not see substancial line loss. Our diesel generator would until an alternative arrives back the system up.
Tilley is sustainable and stand alone…I feel our landscape can handle such a structure and also feel that “onshore” we could and should continue to install smaller domestic and agricultural turbines…Such as Coll is also doing…my stance has remained stead fast on this point since I visited CAT in mid-Wales some 25 years ago.
I defer to Tims following comments.
And re-emphasise my commitment to “community Renewables” projects.
Malcolm (Tim) you might want to look at this:
It explains how we raised the cash…basically we borrowed the cash from the bank and are paying it back at a rate lower than the income it is generating…the cash benifits we see now are small in comparison with what she will earn in the not so distant future…
Please read the info and tell me if we, in your opinion are on the aformentioned Gravy Train or not
- Malcolm…having oil does not make using it right…as I have just said…our reliance on oil is an addiction .
Relgious politics in the Gulf, Sunni/Shia/Walid etc mean that if the Gulf came embroiled in a war and the gulf stopped moving oil…we could see an increase at the pumps of around 35% overnight…the problem is our strategic reserves (I talk about europe here) would last but a few weeks…rationing would not be an option and the price increase would never be applied…anarchy would follow…this is not some sort of hollywood movie this is a real possiblity, more so now than yesterday…
There is no alternative than to have a mix of energy source…I believe community generation is one of the ways to go (others do not) I believe saving is the way to go (others do not)…one thing is for certain if we do not act now (yesterday) we (the human race) will have civilisation changing concequences to face within my childrens life times…and most likely in mine too…we have to face the future now and not put it on our kids or their kids…we have to.
- As an example if the Argyll Array went ahead (Ye God’s forbid) its generation when turning, theoretically will be on par with Scotlands current entire Hydro generation.
Note: on storage…agreed super connector to Norway will be used for pumped storage…?
Recent comments by Karl Hughes
- Scottish Power Renewables puts Tiree/Argyll Array ‘on hold’ for 12 months
Ok Iberdrola Scottish Power Renewables…the 12 months is up ! is it too much to ask ? can you please tell the good folk of Tiree what is happening with your Argyll aka Tiree Array proposal and the RESET support fund.
Public Consultation: a process by which the public’s input on matters affecting them is sought
Consulta Pública: un proceso por el que se solicita la opinión del público sobre las cuestiones que les afectan
- Mandela an exemplar for redemptive spiritual largeness
Violence solves nothing….do the means actually justify the end result…bombing churches, railway stations and public places seems in my books to be abhorent as the Sharpville massacre.
International pressure eventually broke aparthied not Mandela…over 130 were killed by bombings and IED’s…more blacks than whites…not that that makes any difference…there was also summary execution, rape and torture used by the ANC…
I feel we have to reflect on Mandela’s life in equal terms…I personally admired the man for his determination once he was freed….I also think the life term was right at the time for his terrorist activities.
Racial equality has not arrived in SA yet, will the ANC’s final legacy be Mandelas Legacy…?.( his eventual vision was fair enough, he had enough time in prison to reflect on his terrorist activities to realise there had to be a better way)
Re: Syria…this is a Sunni/ Shia conflict and has nothing to do with democracy…The middle East is basically a tribal culture, sub diviided by Shia/ Sunni loyalties and then family loyalties…Democracy will not work in this environment for many generations to come…
Name one functioning democracy in the Middle East ( north Africa )?
- Mandela an exemplar for redemptive spiritual largeness
I wasn’t having a go at Mandela…just taking the rose coloured specs off…
Jerry Adams ? what the bloke who did Thunderbirds and Stingray ? LOL
- Storm tally and situation review
Next big low passing by 16>18th Dec….
That time of year again…!
- First Minister’s 2013 Christmas card for charities is Peter Howson’s Artaban
My personal opinion is its bloody awfull…..but i do hope it makes a million.
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