The Pro Wind Alliance

Compared with fossil fuels and nuclear power, renewable energy that harnesses the sun, the wind and other natural energy flows is relatively benign. In particular, very few pollutants are emitted per unit of energy generated. Moreover, renewables provide a diverse, secure and inexhaustible source of energy. Coupled with a programme of improved energy efficiency, renewable energy displaces finite or less benign energy sources in response to peak oil and climate change.

All energy systems have an impact on the natural environment. It is inevitable, therefore, that conflicts of interest will arise between providing energy services and ensuring that people, wildlife and open spaces are adequately protected. The environmental impacts of most renewable energy technologies are considerably less than those of the current energy systems they displace. Visual intrusion is sensed only by humans, but nevertheless is extremely important. If there is an understanding of the benefits of a particular installation, then the physiological and aesthetic impact is likely to be favourable.

The Pro Wind Alliance (ProWA) is an association of local individuals and groups who are convinced that renewables are vital for the future and who are therefore in favour of developing properly designed local renewable generating capability. ProWA aims to provide objective information, backed by sound research and references. In particular, ProWA supported the planning applications for the projects listed below and supports the projects listed under Current Wind Power Proposals. An overview table with details of all the projects ProWA has supported or is currently supporting can be found here.

ProWA strongly supports the principle of windfarm operators funding Community Funds. For instance, the operator makes annual payments over the full life of the windfarm to the local Council, which oversees the distribution to local schools, youth organisations, environmental groups, village halls, sports clubs etc. Such funds can amount to many thousands of pounds each year, depending on the size of the windfarm.

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