Severn
Estuary Wind Farm by Stealth

Say No To Severn Turbines
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The Alvington turbine is one of a number that are being planned for the Severn Estuary. Applications are being submitted piecemeal by several developers to the three planning authorities that cover this part of the estuary. In this way an overall assessment of their impact on this area is being avoided. The map illustrates how a large wind farm is being created down both sides of the River Severn. The turbines on the A48 side of the Severn are an industrial-scale machines with heights of up to 283 feet (87m) and are clearly not community-scale as the developer claims. Some of the other turbines, like the ones planned for Aust and Sharpness, will be around 400 feet high and among the largest onshore turbines in this country. Of the turbines shown on the map only the St. Briavels one is operational. The Oldbury and also the Berkeley Vale wind farm applications have been refused and all the others are at various stages of the planning process.

The Campaign for Rural England (CPRE) feature the Berkeley Vale and the Severn Estuary wind turbine proposals in their Spring newsletter.

CPRE Spring Newsletter - click here
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Severn Estuary Wind Farm by Stealth
Many
more wind turbines are being planned at sites along both sides of the Severn estuary in addition to the four proposed by Resilient Energy. Small communities are being targeted one by one by wind farm developers. Typically the developers attempt to 'buy off' local opposition to their plans with a small contribution to community projects. If their plans are passed, you will be living in the middle of a huge Severn Estuary Wind Farm.  Our aim is to challenge each of these proposals along the A48 side of the Severn. Similar wind farm proposals for four turbines at Berkeley Vale and at Oldbury on the opposite side of the Severn estuary have already been turned down by planners.
The Alvington Court Farm proposal is the first of FOUR turbines that Resilient Energy is proposing to build along this side of the Severn Estuary. This turbine would be 283 feet (85 metres) high and have a blade span of 163 feet (50 metres). It would be 86 feet higher than St. Mary's Church, Lydney.

 

                                                      
 Alvington Turbine dominating
the High Street in Aylburton

 

 

  
 Turbine

St. Mary's Church
 
The Great Wind Turbine Scam
Large turbines are being 'de-rated' by developers to make them less productive. Perverse government subsidies reward machines that produce less energy at nearly double the rate of more efficient ones. If a turbine produces more than 500kWh, its owners receive 9.79p per kilowatt hour. But a 'smaller' sub-500kWh one receives a subsidy of 18.08p per kilowatt hour, supposedly to compensate for its lower efficiency (from 1/5/13). Wind turbine investors are buying big, powerful turbines and downgrading them, tweaking their components to churn out no more than the magic 500kW. It's simply far more lucrative to hobble bigger turbines - machines that ought to be capable of producing almost twice as much electricity.

Resilient Energy are planning to install four industrial-scale turbines along the A48 side of the Severn and already have one operating at St. Briavels.
All these are large turbines
de-rated from 800kW to 500 kWh.