The Campaign for Rural England (CPRE) has recently requested that the Government clearly outlines its proposals for the number and locations of future inland wind farms.
Rural Solutions understands that the CPRE is acting on behalf of local groups who feel overwhelmed with wind farm applications by large developers. The CPRE’s concerns also build on a letter from Conservative back bench MPs to The Prime Minister in February. However, green energy trade body RenewableUK reports that around 75% of onshore wind energy planning applications have already been rejected.
Whilst it’s easy to understand the CPRE’s concerns regarding onshore wind farms, energy in rural areas is by no means a black and white issue: with 25% of the UK’s power stations scheduled to close in the next decade, where is the power going to come from?
Here at Rural Solutions, we continue to facilitate a number of green energy schemes for clients who are taking matters into their own hands! These schemes do not solely focus on wind energy: we have clients installing a ground source heat pump in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wiltshire, whilst another adjacent to a canal, is looking into a highly efficient water source heat pump installation. Meanwhile for clients with their own woodland, woodchip remains an effective source of heat and energy where clients can manage their own fuel security.
With the increasing power of rural localism to reject energy generation, perhaps there comes an increasing responsibility to do what we can to solve our nations’ increasingly challenging energy needs. To do so, perhaps demands a proactive “in my back yard” approach to rural energy generation.