Environmental damage from wind energy
Large wind turbines each contain around 700kg of neodymium, a `rare earth' element,
not actually rare but occurring only in low concentrations. Extracting and refining
this material causes very substantial environmental damage. Nearly all of it is
produced in China. See this
Daily Mail article.
Objectors to EON wind farms
The Dunion Hill group successfully opposed a windfarm near Denholm. This was the first
Borders wind farn proposal to be rejected at a public enquiry by a Scottish
Govenrnment appointed reporter.
Their web site is here.
The energy companies make much of their so-called `community benefit' payments. These are misunderstood by the public.
An example of what can happen:
SSE Community benefit.
- Payments are not made to the people or communities most directly affected. They can be spread over a wide
area and may go to communities which will neither see nor hear the wind turbines.
- They are not straight payments. Communities must bid for `projects' which the company may choose
not to support. Funds sometimes do not get paid out because the company does not accept any
- The amounts are about one tenth of what is paid to landowners.