Wind power is future say Sidmouth group

PUBLISHED: 12:41 22 October 2009 | UPDATED: 10:42 18 June 2010

SID Vale Energy Action Group (SVEAG) held an information evening last week which offered people a chance to find out more about wind power. The lively and informal debate was chaired by Robert Crick, of Vision Group for Sidmouth, after an introduction b

SID Vale Energy Action Group (SVEAG) held an information evening last week which offered people a chance to find out more about wind power.

The lively and informal debate was chaired by Robert Crick, of Vision Group for Sidmouth, after an introduction by Steve Allen from Cornwall Light and Power.

Steve was joined on the experts panel by Richard Pymm of Devon Association for Renewable Energy and Andrew Lovering of Cullompton-based 'Greenthinking'.

Guests at the information evening, last Friday, found out that although Britain is the windiest place in Europe, Germany generates ten times as much energy from windpower as the UK does.

Jackie Green, of SVEAG, said: "It was clear that windturbines are needed as part of our future energy supply. They have to be carefully sited; have become much more efficient; are practically maintenance free, and even recyclable.

"With approval from such organizations as the RSPB and The National Trust, and commitment from Oxford City Council, which is making land available for local power generation, interest and investment is substantial."

SVEAG members have been invited to a guided tour of the windturbines monitored by Exeter University's Campus near Penryn. The date is yet to be confirmed. For more information ring Jackie on (01395) 578089.


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