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Cheap energy if you live by a wind farm? Yes please - The Ecologist
Research repeatedly shows that if communities are likely to see a financial benefit to having a wind farm nearby, acceptance would be a whole lot easier. And this week, Good Energy started paving that way. Bibi van der Zee reports

It's one of the first questions many people ask when they hear that a wind turbine is being put up near them; "Will I get cheap energy?"

The answer, finally, may be yes. For now, however, you'll need to move to Cornwall to qualify. In a Goliath-style challenge to the Big Six, the small renewable energy company Good Energy earlier this week announced a lower tariff for people who live within two kilometres of their Delabole wind farm.

The tariff will save users about £110, and they will also receive a windfall of £50 for every year that the windfarm's production levels exceed expectations. Good Energy hopes to roll it out in other parts of the country if it works out.

Price rises well above inflation rates from the big six energy companies have made energy prices a hot political topic this year. Last week SSE announced a rise in profits of almost 40%, just a few weeks after announcing a price rise of 9%.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Nov 25th, 2012 at 12:16:58 PM EST
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In the early days of nuclear power in the UK they used this strategy and it worked pretty well for increasing acceptance...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Mon Nov 26th, 2012 at 05:12:35 AM EST
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