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On-Shore Wind Turbines & Farms

Dorset Climate Action Network is hosting a discussion: why onshore turbines are relatively cheap to build, can come on line within two years, and they represent one of the cheapest sources of energy in the UK. Why are there so few in Dorset? Online.

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On-Shore Wind Turbines & Farms
On-Shore Wind Turbines & Farms

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21 Jun 2023, 19:30

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About the Event

Onshore Wind Farms in Dorset

Onshore turbines are relatively cheap to build, can come on line within two years, and can be taken down when no longer required. They represent one  of the cheapest sources of energy in the UK. Why are there so few  in  Dorset?

One of the reasons is that 42% of the county is part of an AONB which protects the landscape from encroachment by unsightly buildings. Of course, nobody is proposing wind turbines on the cliffs of Durdle Door, West Bay or Golden Cap. But there are many areas where wind turbines would be entirely appropriate.

Is the main obstacle  a lack of widespread social acceptance? Or is public opposition less widespread than it is represented in the press?

This webinar will feature four speakers:

Ben Kenward, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Oxford Brookes, who has researched attitudes to wind farms and has carried out a study near Dorchester which will be discussed at the meeting.

Giles Watts is a geophysicist and a trustee of DCAN. He has long been an advocate for more wind farms in Dorset.

Will Bond of Alaska Wind Farm in Purbeck; which has been subject of repeated delays as it reaches completion.

Jeanie Averill, a veteran of the Slyers Lane wind farm campaign, will talk about her experiences in supporting this project, North of Dorchester.

There will be an opportunity for discussion of the obstacles to onshore wind in Dorset. 

Everyone is welcome to come along! Registration required click here.

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