Water and wind power

To reduce the need for gas in homes and industry

Why the contribution is important

Depletion of fossil fuels and rising Co2 levels. By using the natural forces of our planet, in particular the wind and rain we experience in Scotland for heating and power we can improve the air that we breath.This will reduce the chronic health conditions prevalent in Scotland such as COPD and bronchitis. It will also improve heart health as a follow on to improving lung function.

by helensamfat on October 21, 2020 at 10:46PM

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  • Posted by dukespencer October 22, 2020 at 15:01

    Wind - no - note efficient. Hydro power - yes - 90% efficient. Scotland needs to develop more hydro electric schemes. The wealth of countries like Norway and Switzerland was built on hydro power.
  • Posted by greenstreak October 22, 2020 at 18:05

    I agree - hydro yes. Offshore windfarms yes. Onshore wind: no. Not just inefficient:
    Such a rush by developers, that I suspect it's more commercially driven than green.
    If we're going to continue with onshore windfarms, they need to be in non-peaty places. It's daft to excavate and dry out peat if you're trying to stop greenhouse gases getting into the air. Even if the peat is shallow, it's still dried out by having roads constructed over it. And it takes millennia to regrow.
    So much of our upland landscape is being destroyed by huge windfarms, dwarfing the hills. You may like the look of a windturbine, but you don't want to walk under a continuous stretch of them for 20km: rushing sound (and infrasound at that) - worrying.
    Homes bought up if the owners object. Water supplies polluted and ruined. What price rural depopulation?
    Besides, if you want to ensure a constant supply of energy from wind, you need windfarms in different places. Increasingly, there is infill of turbines between existing windfarms: if the wind ain't blowing there, it's not going to blow if you put up another load of turbines.

  • Posted by dukespencer October 22, 2020 at 19:10

    Absolutely agree about onshore wind. Micro and mini hydro schemes are the way forward as I see it. Why is Scottish Power closing down hydro stations and investing in wind - seems daft to me.
  • Posted by DCSmith October 23, 2020 at 20:51

    Onshore Wind Turbines produce Electricity cheaply and efficiently, helping to keep the price of power to the consumer as low as possible. Yes they are inconsistent, but if operated in conjunction with a Hydrogen Electrolyser and fuel cells they could produce power 100% of the time.
    On Rural Railway lines where the cost would be prohibitive to electrify it, Hydrogen/Electric Trains could replace Diesel/Electric trains with minimum of disruption and no pollution.
    The potential for green Hydrogen is enormous.
    Onshore Wind Turbines operators pay millions of pounds in Council Rates to the Scottish Treasury and get little in return. This figure is never reported or acknowledged, but I have a 10MW Windfarm and am charged £124,010 per annum in Rates.
    Many local villages and communities receive significant annual voluntary payments from nearby turbines, which they greatly appreciate as they can fund local organizations and improvements.
    Properly managed onshore Wind Turbines are a huge benefit to communities and Scotland
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