Friday, 25 July 2014
Offshore beats onshore wind on biodiversity criterion
Putting up wind turbines offshore is more expensive than the land-based equivalent. Though I wouldn't go as far as "communities" minister Eric Pickles in calling in on-shore schemes which have already been approved by local planning committees, as complained about by Ed Davey, I have long had doubts about sterilising large areas of countryside - and presenting a hazard to birds - for the benefit of an intermittent power supply. I was therefore pleased to read this article in the Indy recently which shows that offshore wind installations provide a haven for a variety of wildlife and attracting those lovable seals, which are near the top of the food chain. Perhaps it will go some way to redressing the balance.