Support for Wind Power at its Highest

Sarah Wiltshire

Public support for onshore wind is at odds with the UK government’s new nuclear policy. An Opinium poll for the Observer carried out following the government’s Energy Security Strategy, published last Thursday, has as many as three quarters of those surveyed supporting onshore wind power. In contrast to the promotion of nuclear power as the first option by the government.

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Settle Hydro on TV

Barry White and Sandy Tod

Settle’s Hydro is being featured in a new TV series, “Pennines, backbone of Britain” to be screened in weekly episodes on ‘More4’. The first episode was shown on Monday 7 February at 9.00pm. The episode featuring Settle Hydro will be on the Monday 21 February. The programmes explore the magnificent upland range of the Pennines and meet the people who call its mountains, fells, hills and valleys their home.

Sandy Tod (from the ACE Energy Group) explains the background:

“The weir at Bridge End Mill, originally built in the 18th century to divert water to drive a water wheel powering Bridge End Mill now powers a turbine generating clean renewable hydro-electricity.  The weir has a wooden crest structure, which has historically required maintenance to repair damage due to floods.  By 2017, the weir was in a serious state of disrepair and an inspection showed that many of the original timber supports had rotted away and the whole structure was in danger of collapse.

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Do more to insulate draughty homes says Britain’s climate change chief

Barry White

Chris Stark, head of the UK’s Climate Change Committee (https://www.theccc.org.uk/ ) told the BBC this week that he rates government policy on insulation as “very poor” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-60290876. He says that insulation, together with renewable power, is the way out of the current energy crisis.

According to government data, two-thirds of homes, or 19 million, need better insulation, but it’s just not happening and it’s all down to costs and finding an installer. Many installers were victims of the failed £1.5bn Green Homes Grant (GHG) which the government scrapped on 31 March 2021, after just six months. The scheme failed because too many householders were chasing too few installers. There were also delays in the grant payments which have left many installers out of pocket, see: https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/advice/green-homes-grant-what-is-it

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‘Rumbling’ Settle Hydro hits a million

Manifest Marketing for Settle Hydro

Settle Hydro has marked the impressive milestone of having generated one million kWh of clean, green renewable energy. The community project, which was commissioned in January 2010, generates electricity by drawing water from the River Ribble through a sluice gate to power nearby homes, with surplus energy sold into the National Grid. But the landmark achievement of the millionth kilowatt was nearly overshadowed by a strange and irritating noise which led to complaints from residents and mystified the Hydro team – especially when it continued even after they turned off the hydro generator.

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