Wind farm debate is brought to Parliament

THE debate on the controversial Navitus Bay wind farm proposed off the Dorset coast moves to the Houses of Parliament today.

South Dorset MP Richard Drax secured the adjournment debate as concerns continue to mount about the potential effects of the sprawling 76-square mile offshore farm.

Mr Drax said: “There are people who are for the wind farm. There are people who support it but want it in a different place and there are many people who are against it.

“But the general consensus seems to be that people don’t want it there. I don’t believe, and nor do any of my constituents feel, that this is NIMBYism, because of the sheer scale of this vast wind farm.”

If approved, the Navitus Bay wind farm would stretch between Purbeck and the Isle of Wight and contain 150-300 wind turbines towering up to 210 meters high.

Eneco, the company behind the bid, have held a series of public consultations across the conurbation. Mr Drax added: “This wind farm could be only a few kilometres off our coast which has World Heritage Site status. If we told the Australians we were going to build this opposite their Great Barrier Reef, I think I know, having been to Australia, exactly where they would tell you to go.”

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5:07pm Wed 4 Jul 12

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

So we know where Mr Drax stands on the issue.
So we know where Mr Drax stands on the issue. TenBobDylanThomasHardy
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9:49pm Wed 4 Jul 12

Desk24 says...

With Russia commited to spending billions on defence upgrading the money has to be found. Charging the U.K. more for gas and possible hostile takeovers of energy companies is an option. Lets produce U.K. power and keep our money.
With Russia commited to spending billions on defence upgrading the money has to be found. Charging the U.K. more for gas and possible hostile takeovers of energy companies is an option. Lets produce U.K. power and keep our money. Desk24
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12:16am Thu 5 Jul 12

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Instead of all this emphasis on inefficient intermittent wind generation, perhaps more attention should be paid to hydro-electric generation and wave generation.
Instead of all this emphasis on inefficient intermittent wind generation, perhaps more attention should be paid to hydro-electric generation and wave generation. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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1:39pm Thu 5 Jul 12

artboyt says...

Yes, we need a new source of predictable/reliable energy which this windfarm is not, an equal capacity of gas-fired power stations will have to be built to come in when the wind dies away. Wave energy requires wind - often not there - we need tidal energy, no destruction of the landscape and no killing of birds
Yes, we need a new source of predictable/reliable energy which this windfarm is not, an equal capacity of gas-fired power stations will have to be built to come in when the wind dies away. Wave energy requires wind - often not there - we need tidal energy, no destruction of the landscape and no killing of birds artboyt
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