Common Concerns About Wind 2nd edition published
26 July 2017
In 2011 we published a popular booklet called Common Concerns About Wind Power in response to requests from community groups looking for factual information about this form of renewable energy. The first edition has had over 60,000 downloads in total, over 10,000 print copies distributed and is still the most frequently downloaded document on our site.
Since then, much has changed in the legal, economic and political sphere. However, the demand for accurate, balanced and factual information to counter the many myths and misconceptions about wind power is as strong as ever. Despite the clear market-readiness of the technology, wind power developments continue to be a highly contentious and politically charged issue.
Simon Roberts, CEO explains: "Even though the current government has withdrawn support for onshore wind, it is now the cheapest form of low carbon electricity generation (according to the government's own figures). It therefore remains important that current and future public discourse and policy decisions about this important technology are well-informed, drawing on a wide range of the high quality evidence available rather than a partial selection to suit a line of argument - either in favour or against. This updated edition of Common Concerns About Wind Power is designed to do exactly that."
Of all renewable energy sources, wind power occupies a unique place due to a combination of two attributes: technological preparedness (wind is still best placed of all existing renewable energy technologies to contribute to the electricity needs of the UK whilst simultaneously reducing its carbon emissions), and the fact that it is inherently site specific (making wind turbines strikingly visible additions to often previously undeveloped landscapes). The increasing presence of wind farms across the country means that communities everywhere will continue needing to address the issues surrounding wind power.
"What this document aims to show is that, implemented as part of a progressive energy portfolio, wind power can significantly reduce both the UK’s carbon footprint, and its dependence on fuel sources that may become less secure in the future, or that leave a costly and hazardous legacy for future generations," said Rachel Coxcoon, CSE's Head of Local and Community Engagement.
"However, wind power is not appropriate everywhere and can impact communities in different ways. We hope that, by publishing this research, communities themselves will engage constructively with the best available evidence to judge if there is a place for wind turbines in their own locality. "
We hope this update continues to provide an independent guide to the issues, backed up by hundreds of peer-reviewed papers as well as a significant number of government studies.