Plans revealed for new windfarm in Solway
Last updated at 12:44, Friday, 13 September 2013
Plans for a new offshore wind farm in the Solway have been revealed.
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation as it aims for the country to receive all its electricity from renewables by 2050.
It wants to use the Solway for renewable energy and has identified two wind options for the area.
It is not yet known whether the plan is to extend the 60-turbine Robin Rigg wind farm, which can be seen from Salterbeck in Workington to Silloth, or to find a new location.
Marine Scotland held a consultation in Maryport this week. Phil Gilmour, of Marine Scotland, said the schemes were in the early stages of planning.
He said: “We have identified wind, wave and tidal projects around the Scottish coast.
“Technology is progressing all the time and we will not know the size of any offshore wind farm on the Solway until we see what turbines are available.”
He said Marine Scotland was consulting with everyone who would be affected by the decision.
But fishermen said another offshore wind farm could destroy their industry.
John McAvoy, chairman of Maryport Fishing Co-operative, said: “If there has to be another wind farm it must just be an extension of Robin Rigg.
“If it goes anywhere else on our fishing grounds it will destroy us. We can’t afford another large exclusion zone.”
Maryport fisherman George Southwell said the industry had been told when Robin Rigg was completed that they would be able to fish there but they can’t.
He said: “It is just too dangerous to fish with mobile gear between the turbines. That ground is totally excluded to anyone. We can’t fish there because we can’t do it safely.”
The £330 million Robin Rigg wind farm was officially opened in 2010. Each turbine stands 410ft above the water, seven miles off the coast of Maryport.
The county and Allerdale councils refused to give the plans their backing, but could not officially object to the Scottish plan.
First published at 12:08, Friday, 13 September 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Why , why oh why can't we use wave power, much more reliable than wind, less of an eyesore and there's always 2 tides a day. Why should any other industry suffer as a result of wind turbines, this includes the regions tourism, one of the main incomes around the beautiful Solway coat. England and Scotland.
Snowie - its a well proven fact (to anyone who reads beyond headlines) that the subsidy paid for renewable energy contributes very little to the recent price hikes, how many energy companies have announced record profits in the last few year whilst telling us gas and oil production prices are rocketing? Blame the big 6 energy companies for running a racket, not renewable energy.
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