There is a big debate going on currently, about siting windfarms off the coast of north Wales.
North Hoyle is operational and is about 5 miles from the coast between Rhyl and Prestatyn. Rhyl Flats is under construction and can be seen from Llandudno and right up the coast. The proposed Gwynt y Môr windfarm will be the largest in the UK and the site is 10 miles off the coast at Llandudno.
SPOILING THE LANDSCAPE/SEASCAPE?
The hoteliers and business people of the area seem to base their opposition on “Save our Scenery”. But are these windfarms such a blot on the landscape (or seascape)?
The Rhyl Flats windfarm is currently under construction, and is the closest to the coast. But is it really going to be so bad?
The North Hoyle windfarm is only 5 miles from the coast, is it really so bad?
I know that Gwynt y Môr will be larger, but it will also be 10 miles from the coast.
AND, where were these protesters when windfarms were being built on hill tops all over north Wales. You can see them everywhere you go, but again, are they really a blot on the landscape?
To be honest, I don’t really mind them so much.
There are worse things…..like the lines of electricity pylons which march in lines across some of our most beautiful countryside!
There are three lines of pylons running through the beautiful Bwlch y Ddeufaen. Now if anyone wants to launch a campaign against those I’ll gladly join!!
Sorry but I’m just not convinced by the Save our Scenery campaign.
SAFE, GREEN ENERGY?
Let me say here that I’m all in favour of green energy, renewables etc. BUT…………
Here in north Wales we are just coming to the end of a cold snap, which we’ve had since Christmas Eve. The reason for the cold snap is a high pressure area which has been sat over the UK, and what does high pressure mean? It means no wind!
For over 2 weeks we have had hardly a breath of breeze, let alone wind. And we have had temperatures around or below freezing for most of that time.
So…..very cold weather, no wind……where would our energy have come from if we were all-green?
We won’t be able to rely on wind power! Much as I like the idea, it won’t work alone. For the last 2 weeks we would have needed to generate electricity by other means, coal or nuclear power.
So…..are these windfarms really going to make us green? Or are we being fooled?