ELIZABETH MANN BSC

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WHILST NOT ADDRESSING POTENTIAL DISBENEFITS ……..

The protocol as discussed on Feb3rd seemed to give the impression that windpower developments will always be permitted and that only benefits will occur rather than a balance .Invited to e mail comments to Simon Roberts before the second meeting I consulted with colleagues both in the North East and other areas including the South West, on the proposed protocol .A consensus of opinion follows which I then e mailed to Simon Roberts.

Surely the protocol should imply that in cases where a full economic and environmental assessment demonstrates that the range of impacts and disbenefits are so great, the development should be rejected. The following amendment was suggested:

The process may involve discussion of the site, the wind development itself, its impacts and their possible mitigation and the potential benefits and disbenefits to the local area and more widely.

Insertion of " its impacts and their possible mitigation, replacing "low local impacts may be mitigated" and addition of "and disbenefits" after "potential benefits, seems to restore some balance.

A telephone call from Simon Roberts (Centre for Sustainable Energy) and a member of the Renewables Advisory Board (RAB). confirmed that the peer review meeting scheduled for the 27th had been cancelled. He said it was felt there was not the correct mix around the table and more Councillors and Planners were needed. (Simon was previously Senior Energy Campaigner at Friends of The Earth 1989- 1994 and Commercial Manager at Tridios Bank from 1998 to 2002)

The Protocol for public engagement with proposed wind power developments in England seemed to be directly connected with the Regional Conferences. The Renewable Energy & Community Involvement conference for the North East region (18/03/06 in Newcastle) hosted by the Environment Council and funded by Dti was one of eight held in the English Regions. The main thrust was that there are no disbenefits from wind energy and we must move forward together. The Environment Council, a semi private organisation I understand, gave their presentation which centred on the South West Protocol. It was basically training for Councillors on how to consult with communities under the terms of PPS22.It appeared to, as any 'protocol' does, to lay down a set of rules pre-defining what should happen


Protocol for public engagement with proposed wind power developments in England.


Meetings:

Feb 3rd 2006 and Peer Review Feb 27th 2006 Dti London


CRE Energy, a subsidiary of Scottish Power have made requests to Ofgem to be able to use the Compulsory Purchase Act to acquire land. CRE aim to extend their network of windfarms across the UK and state this would be helpful to prepare for the possibility of having to acquire land and/or wayleaves compulsorily.

Involving Communities

Comments sent to Ofgem's Consultation. I offer comments on the Authority's preliminary view that paragraphs 5 to7 of SLC 14 and paragraphs 5 to 8 of SLC 15 should be given effect in the electricity generation licence of CRE, for five years in each case. Surely the essential issue for us all is to ensure the UK's long-term goal of reducing carbon emissions is met. There are fundamental issues which need to be sorted before such a request as that from CRE is decided. As I see it these are health, safety and whether wind turbines are in fact reducing carbon emissions as they state in planning applications for wind farms .Elizabeth Mann

Ofgem's Reply: Thanks for you recent response to Ofgem's consultation on the Request from CRE Energy Limited for a Direction under Standard Condition 14 (“Compulsory Acquisition of Land etc”) and a Direction under Standard Condition 15 (“Other Powers etc”) of the Electricity Generation Licence. Ofgem is currently in the process of reviewing these two conditions in all generation licences. The decision related to CRE Energy Limited will be made at the same time as the outcome of this review. Ofgem will endeavour to publish a consultation document on this review on our website (www.ofgem.gov.uk) in the coming months.


a subsidiary of Scottish Power and the Compulsory Purchase Act

CRE Energy

Ofgem

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