|Molesworth Wind Farm Action Group|
|Say NO to the Molesworth Wind Farm - Bythorn, Molesworth, Keyston, Brington, Clopton, Old Weston, Titchmarsh, Catworth, Leighton Bromswold|
A brief landscape history
Visual and other amenities
Effect on local roads
Subsidies for Wind Farm Developers
At present, there are huge subsidies available (via the Renewables Obligation (RO) system) to energy companies who build wind farms. However, increasing energy prices and changes in the energy sector have rendered them unnecessary - although energy companies still receive them and taxpayers still pay for them.
Based on recent industry figures quoted in the press, each turbine at Molesworth would generate power worth around £200,000 on the wholesale market, plus a further £300,000 of subsidy from taxpayers. With a turbine cost of around £2m the net profit over the proposed initial 25 year life of the wind farm would be around £3.36m a year. [source - report by the Environment Editor of The Sunday Times, 27/1/2008 - click for article]
In January 2007, Ofgem, in its response to Government consultation on the subsidy system stated:
Ofgem goes on to state that:
[NB. Ofgem is responsible for administering the RO system on behalf of the Government but does not set the rules. Responsibility for the policy itself lies with the Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).]
Noise & other health issues
Wildlife & Ecology
House Prices / Saleability
What happens next?
23 August 2019
Radio / TV
The BBC website contains a number of video clips from features related to wind farms - click here
BBC Radio 4 - Costing the Earth - 30th
For an interesting TV broadcast on the effects of wind turbines on local residents - especially the noise - see the LBV Television programme available on the Wadlow Windfarm website. [This is a large file. It may take a very long time to open - but is well worth listening to].
Web Pages / Articles
"Wind farms alone won't solve our problems" - CPRE
RSPB policy on wind farms
RICS commissioned report: What is the impact of wind farms on house prices?
in Denmark - Dr V C Mason (Sept 2007)
Perception and annoyance due to wind turbine noise - E Pedersena and K Persson Waye - J. Acoust. Soc. Am., Vol. 116, No. 6, December 2004 (PDF file)