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.
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- 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
- Light plane missing in east Loch Etive area
Wrong time to be speculating …
- Light plane missing in east Loch Etive area
- Price of Salmond’s London ego-tripping is opposition kerchings in Scotland
Its a fact that the SNP can expect to win the majority of Scottish seat… and lets face it the tories, libs and labour now have have little power north of the border…
I believe in the Union…always will… but I also believe in decentralisation through out the whole of the uk…London is a state of its own… and its time a British parliment was re- established else where…Lancaster ???? Manchester ??? Leeds ???
If it takes the SNP to change British politics, and drive the decentralisation I crave I am happy with that… but like I say I will always vote for Union…
My fear for the elections is not that the SNP will hold the balance of power…but that of a Labour/ SNP coalition… I would be pleased with a Tory / SNP coalition because we need brains and braun… not yawn and braun.
A vote for the SNP would be a vote for change throughout the whole of the Union and throughout messed up politics in general, I would hope ?… they get my X in the box this time around to represent our country…but don’t expect a X in any future referendum other than to say NO.
A bit of a shame that FA has become an anti SNP rag…. the polar opposite of WOS etcetera… there seems to be very little unbiased journalism available on the web anymore….
- Council Planning Committee meeting on 21st January promises to be lively – as 2 MSPs call for postponement
I voted NO….and do not see us been led by a bunch of “cheats”…. I see us been led by a democratically elected UK government….
In regards to the SNP, they are a nationalist cause, always will be…and I accept that…. you have to accept that 55% voted NO…against indy and that the majority have to be seen as right…. get over it and move on….
SNP will take a majority in Scotland….and the rhetoric will continue….as for using this majority in some sort of westminster coalition … it ain’t gonna happen.
- North Sea caught in a nutcracker
The oil battle is one thing….lets see if Saudi remains a stable entity…full stop.
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