Cash, not climate, drives wind farm development

I WAS very surprised at Mr Bundock s criticism of Councillors Boddington and West regarding the proposed wind farm near Graveley. These councillors could not represent the villages that elected them during the two-year fight against the npower wind farm p

I WAS very surprised at Mr Bundock's criticism of Councillors Boddington and West regarding the proposed wind farm near Graveley.

These councillors could not represent the villages that elected them during the two-year fight against the npower wind farm project. This is because they are on the planning committee and had to remain muzzled and impartial until the determination on November 16. To do so before would have left them open to being barred from voting by protest from the wind farm developer.

The action group, parish councillors and supporters were well aware of the councillors' dilemma. After the determination the councillors, now able to voice their opinions, simply wanted to say they were convinced and impressed with the arguments put forward against the wind farm.

I would suggest Mr Bundock looks at the problem of wind energy more closely as we have been forced to do. He will soon realise the energy supplied by a wind farm is very small and totally unreliable. Further research will show him that too many wind turbines installed in the UK will cause a tipping point on the National Grid network system.

It will cause power cuts and power rationing unless there is an enormous increase in back-up power from more reliable generation sources.

The only reason wind farms are continuing to being promoted is because the operators stand to collect a huge 25 per cent return on their guaranteed �2million per turbine investment for up to 25 years.

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It has nothing to do with 'green' energy. It is money. This is a massive �500,000 profit per turbine per year. This is paid for by you (and me) as a surcharge on our electricity and gas bills. This renewable energy levy is already costing each average household about �100 extra a year on a bill of �1,100, rising, at today's prices, to about �200 inside three years. It will continue to increase.

If Mr Bundock is a regular reader of The Hunts Post, he will have seen a recent headline recommending the harnessing of water power from the Great Ouse to produce a significant amount of electricity. He will also see, from the CFAG website, that the action group is totally in favour of renewable energy, as are most wind farm action groups up and down the country.

I note he does not consider Cambridgeshire villages, and one must assume the Hemingfords are included in this, as being particularly attractive. Well, he should put in an application to put up a couple of 417 foot wind turbines next to his village. He will find out, I suspect, that the vast majority of his neighbours would totally disagree with him.

BEV GRAY

Chairman

Cotton Farm Action Group

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