Alternative energy sources top priority

IN YOUR report ‘Council puts wind farm plans on hold’ (Herald, January 6) it states that a campaign group has formed against the wind farm proposals in Polegate and it is concerned about a range of issues.

Of course all these objections need to be checked by investigating existing wind farms.

We are looking at alternative ways of getting power when we can no longer rely on fossil fuels.

Objectors cite the appearance of wind turbines. These are surely more aesthetic than the electricity power pylons) which cross our fields.

But appearance is not the most important thing, it is getting alternative sources of energy.

It is desirable not to put turbines where they would spoil the view, but the most important thing is to use wind power as one alternative source of power.

We need to remember wind power is a viable alternative to fossil fuels, is plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, clean, produces no greenhouse gas emissions during operation, and uses little land.

In operation, the overall cost per unit of energy produced is similar to the cost for new coal and natural gas installations.

The construction of wind farms is not universally welcomed, but any effects on the environment from wind power are generally much less problematic than those of any other power source.

Several countries have already achieved relatively high levels of wind power penetration, such as 21 per cent of stationary electricity production in Denmark, 18 per cent in Portugal, 16 per cent in Spain, 14 per cent in Ireland and 9 per cent in Germany in 2010.


Chair of Eastbourne Green Party

Wellsmead Place