UK wind power lobby group influence noise report

Lobby group ‘influenced wind farm noise report’

Internal energy department emails released following a freedom of information request show the lobby group RenewableUK met ministry officials and assured that their input was “reflected in guidance”

Whitelee Windfarm on the outskirts of Glasgow
Earlier this year, the energy department, which is run by Ed Davey, a Liberal Democrat, was accused of blocking a report on the impact of wind farms because of fears that it would undermine the case for turbines Photo: PA
Gordon Rayner

By , and Georgia Graham
9:47PM GMT 02 Dec 2013
The lobby group for the turbine industry was able to influence the wording of a report produced for the Government on how noise from wind farms should be measured.
RenewableUK “raised concerns” with the Department of Energy and Climate Change over independent guidance produced by the Institute of Acoustics which resulted in changes being made.
Internal energy department emails released following a freedom of information request show the lobby group met ministry officials, after which it was assured that “the majority of R-UK’s input” was “reflected in the guidance”.
Both the Government and the report’s author said last night that RenewableUK had not influenced the advice, but the emails raise new questions about the Coalition’s openness over its wind farm policy.
Earlier this year, the energy department, which is run by Ed Davey, a Liberal Democrat, was accused of blocking a report on the impact of wind farms because of fears that it would undermine the case for turbines. The Lib Dems support onshore wind farms.

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GregL
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Perhaps I have been asleep for the last few decades, but I am curious as to what the rational is for conservation these days? I recall they days when oil was forecast to be running out in the near future, and when we were overrunning the grid and there was no desire or ability to build new capacity. But in a time of energy surpluses with even more generation capacity in plan, why should conservation even be a goal of the government? Particularly since conservation by price alone creates few jobs?

Petesky
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The Ontario Power System should be privatized. How many decades will it take to prove to voters that governments should not be in the power business. Politicians must think short term. Power systems are long term animals requiring long term thinking and major investments in innovation and research.

Dave Germain
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the privatized Bruce Power has higher compensation and since it’s private it has no oversight.

ya – lets privatize.

Petesky
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Bruce is a joint venture owned partly by unions this is pseudo public ownership. Private ownership will fix the problem
Example: CanadiaYn Natural Resources and hundreds of other PUBLIC Cos

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