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UK Wind Turbines Taken Down – First In Europe!

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

We’ve got our view back! Delight as four wind turbines in the Yorkshire Dales become the first in Britain to be torn down

By Nick Mcdermott | 15 October 2013

… After blighting the Yorkshire Dales for more than two decades, four giant turbines have been removed from the stunning landscape – the first ever windfarm in Britain to be scrapped.

To the delight of residents and walkers there are once again unspoilt views across the rolling hills and deep blue waters of Chelker Reservoir, near Ilkley. And to their relief, the 150ft high turbines will not be replaced after the council refused permission for two even bigger machines.

The eyesores were put up in 1992 by Yorkshire Water to power the reservoir’s pumping stations in the face of fierce local opposition.

But according to campaigners, the turbines have not worked in years. In an unprecedented move, the utility company sent in contractors at the end of last month to dismantle the rusting structures.

Peter Rigby, who set up the Parishioners Against the Chelker Turbines, said: ‘This is a real David versus Goliath victory for residents – and the democratic process won out. There was almost unanimous feeling among the parishes that these eyesores were not wanted.

‘We have been told it is the first time in Europe that a wind farm of this scale has been taken down and not replaced.’

It’s a small victory, but we’ll take it.

He added: ‘It’s been a hell of a fight but we have proved it is possible to stop wind farms.

Of course, it’s a lot easier to stop wind farms in the US, at least if your name is Kennedy.

‘In recent years the turbines have hardly ever worked – they have turned the area into an industrial graveyard and look like rotting tooth stumps. ‘We have always opposed them – and plans for any replacements – on the grounds of health and safety, and the effect on the landscape.

‘This is a magnificent and beautiful part of the country so the proposed new turbines – twice the size of the old ones – would have very seriously affected several villages and nearby Bolton Abbey which is classified as an ancient monument.’ …

Bolton, not Downton.

A spokesman for RenewableUK, which represents the windfarm industry, said they were unaware of any large scale projects being taken down and not replaced.

Or they probably would have tied school children to them, as human shields.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “UK Wind Turbines Taken Down – First In Europe!”

  1. canary

    Great find Steve. May I highlight ” ‘We have always opposed them – and plans for any replacements – on the grounds of health and safety..”

    I googled turbine windmill bad for health and unsafe and found the below article headlined as wind farms ‘most dangerous delusions’, still neither article went into the very real dangers to human health not just sore human eyeballs and slaughtering the birds to future near extinction.

    Fascinating, high costs can be dangerous.

    Ten years too late, it’s good riddance to wind farms – one of the most dangerous delusions of our age
    By Christopher Booker 30 Oct 2012
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/deb.....s-age.html

    However, it led to me a ton of articles and studies that sounds and electricity unheard by humans is leading to high blood pressure, heart attacks, insomnia, sleep deprivation, mental problems, headaches, etc. Many of the medical symptoms the “Smart Meters” are causing humans. These problems and reports of electric bills doubling and actually costing more, such as the turbine windmills, are an invasion of privacy to monitor every appliance in every room of your home 24/7.
    The Smart Meters are a stepping stone to rationing and cutting off Americans energy.

  2. Astravogel

    I suppose the cost of the electricty, formerly generated by the wind,
    for running the pumps will now be spread amoungst the citizenry,
    not to mention the effects, if any, on the environment to generate
    the power, since the country has few natural resources, other than
    the oil from the North Sea and imports (their coal ran out long ago)
    to make up the difference. Should be interesting to watch.

    • Astra – Did you not read the article? They haven’t been working for years. Very little consistent energy is generated by these monuments to stupidity even when they ARE working.

  3. Contrary Hand Raised Over Here!

    Alternative energy sources are fantastic when … used correctly. I call it soft-energy. Wind energy, micro-hydro dynamics, solar, earth exchanges, generated hydrogen, methane heat exchanges .. for individual use. As in your personal home. Wonderful benefits. If what matters to you is telling the System to go have intercourse with themselves. And they work really really well when hooked into the Grid but are independent of that same Grid.

    Call it an Army Of Energy Davids, to paraphrase Blog-Daddy Glenn Reynolds. But in order for self-generated energy to achieve its potential, you have to start from scratch … not stick built houses packed with insulation and run on energy draining systems to heat or cool. That just plays into the Utility Company’s Balance Sheet.

    No. You have to start with a basic design that requires almost no energy to heat and/or cool and that means mass. Concentrated mass. Adobe is good, certain arrangements of either wood or stone work reasonably well but the clear winner is Rammed Earth. Mass that takes forever to to change it’s thermal dynamics. The engineering and science is too long for this forum. But once you solve the mass, it takes very little energy to run a household. In northern Germany they are building houses which use nothing but occupant body heat to keep a home at a very comfortable 75 degrees. Even in northern Germany’s very cold and dark environment.

    Lots and lots to say on this topic but my opinion ends with … (a) I’ve personally done this, a lot and (b) alternative energy is nowhere densely concentrated enough for commercial and industrial applications. Wind farms sound great, because the earth is one giant energy field waiting to be tapped .. but wind ain’t it.

    Falling water, coal, natural gas and nuclear are so far our answers.

    • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Oil and Natural Gas are the most efficient form of solar power ever discovered by man.

      When I used to do metal fabrication and install HVAC units I learned that one person raises the temperature of a 10′ x 10′ x 10′ room by one degree an hour….to a point, so the German experiment is quite possible.

      Building homes underground would work best. A constant temperature of 54 degrees is easy to heat with many diverse processes such as geothermal or maybe even body heat….with enough people. And the deeper you go the hotter it gets. The only drawback is you can’t open a window.

    • Rammed earth is building above ground what is underground. Impervious to most floods. Holds a steady interior temp year round. Quiet as the dickens and when you buy your land, you’ve also bought most of your house. But … you can’t get a Mortgage. That’s how they control you to buy a traditional Public Utility approved stick and brick.

      Portfolio management is the killer.

  4. jfpack

    I have always thought that people of the future will laugh at these giant monstrosities. Wind power will miniaturize or simply go away.


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