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Offshore is up and running, but very expensive, slow, and accompanied by higher risks. The real push is still a ways off.

What is far more important is that Vestas is absolutely correct in faulting the UK onshore situation. Far cheaper, far less risk, and in Europe's strongest wind resource by far.  In fact, offshore in UK is partly to fill the void left by the UK's insanity not to be focused onshore.

In the past months an umbrella group encompassing all the onshore opponents has been created and is exceptionally well-funded. I wish i had time to go into the details, perhaps tomorrow or...

The real culprits in this story are the entrenched energy interests controlling the fight against onshore development, and pulling government strings.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Jul 28th, 2009 at 07:06:22 AM EST
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Crazy Horse:
The real culprits in this story are the entrenched energy interests controlling the fight against onshore development, and pulling government strings.

strings that want nuclear power, correct?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jul 28th, 2009 at 07:11:06 AM EST
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against a week at yours that the main funding comes from the usual suspects, who are mainly involved in gas and oil.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Tue Jul 28th, 2009 at 07:21:48 PM EST
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I think that much of the opposition comes from the scale of the wind-farms proposed.

IMHO an approach such as that of Maitland Mackie which is along Danish lines of a myriad small developments is both more achievable, and also consistent with a decentralised economy.

Solveig and I had a really interesting afternoon with him, but he was already set on a conventional (Victorian era) Cooperative model using genetically modified companies and failed in his ambitious (but perfectly achievable) strategy.

He ha d already installed off his own bat 3 Vesta V52s - Margaret, Matilda and Mirabel.

If locals genuinely share in the benefits and cash flow - rather than developers giving them a new bus shelter and fucking off with the loot - then we would get somewhere.

IMHO the Vesta workers should do a bit of Venture Communism solve their quality problems with some expert help, and participate in creating a network of a few hundred local Community Energy Partnership schemes.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Tue Jul 28th, 2009 at 07:38:37 AM EST
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