Wind farms bring £540m to Yorkshire


Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Wind farms in Yorkshire bring £540 million to the area – but campaigners say the economic benefits are still outweighed by the environmental costs.

According to RenewableUK, the wind industry’s trade body, Yorkshire has enough wind turbines to power 200,000 homes a year. The group says the region is a “key player” in renewable energy in the UK, with the East Riding and South Yorkshire among the most productive – accounting for some 82% of the county’s output.

But those who oppose wind farms in the area say they have have a “devastating” effect on the landscape and the people and animals which live around them.

East Yorkshire has the highest density of turbines in the country, with 223 turbines over 160ft high either built, approved or pending consideration. Last year campaigners marched on East Riding Council to protest.

Campaigners from seven villages in the Yorkshire Wolds have joined forces to oppose EDF Energy Renewable’s plans to install 10 turbines at Highwood, Driffield. According to Ged Hitchin, chairman of the Stop Wolds Wind Farms action group, energy companies like EDF are “industrialising” the area.

He said the proposed wind turbines would “dominate the landscape”. He adds that it is vital communities do all they can to protect the environment for themselves and future generations.

RenewableUK said over £20 million of the money generated by wind farms in Yorkshire goes directly into the local community in benefit payments. There are also widespread employment benefits associated with the wind turbines in Yorkshire.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

Comments (8)
  • Kevin Marshall

    A total eyesore and a blot on the landscape.They may produce ”cheaper” electricity or so they say but the bill you get on your doorstep isn’t reduced! The production to profit margin is
    reaped by the fat cats not by the consumer. These things look horrible,sound horrible and ruin the areas where they are put,even though the landowner gets a nice earner renting the site.If there wasn’t an earner in it do you really think you would see so many of them?

    • sloanie

      They create Jobs, lots and lots of new Jobs for the young people of Hull and east Yorkshire. Descent well paid proper Jobs. They reduce crime, drug- addiction and alcohol problems. A working city is a safe happy city. A total eyesore, a blot on the landscape, they look horrible and ruin the area, what a load of selfish moaners. No wonder this city has been held back for so long.

      • Kevin Marshall

        So we can get the go adead for one in your back garden then Sloanie? 🙂

      • Kevin Marshall

        So we can see one in your back garden quite soon then Sloanie? I think not, look up nimby.

        • sloanie

          I’m not a Nimby Kevin, more a Jimby. Jobs in my back-yard, that being Hull and East Yorkshire.

          • Kevin Marshall

            Going by popular opinion,the ones who have to live near them,let’s break it down into managable chunks.
            They are inefficient,and don’t work most of the time especialy in winter.
            They look and sound horrible.
            They produce cheap power! for whome?not the end user when the bill hits the doormat,but cheaper to produce means a bigger profit margin for the fat cats.
            Landowners have their hand in the profit pocket as well by renting the sites on which to plant these monsters.
            So a win win for the already minted buisness lot,and a put up or shut up for everyone else.
            The so called jobs are finite,once they are produced thats it,a bit like when plastic pvc windows came out everone wanted them,once fitted thats it,manufacturers then lay people off.
            It’s a new ”fad” that will in many peoples opinion fade out as people get sick of them,even house prices are falling once the generators are built in view of the house windows.

  • Breakingwind

    Energy decisions should be in the hands of power engineers, physicists & civil engineers, not scientifically challenged green dreamers or politicos looking for a new trough to feed from.

    This is what they’ve hoisted on us –

    According to the UK wind industry, Britain has 6,032 industrial wind turbines with a total capacity of 12GW

    (see ).

    and 5GW of solar PV.


    ≈ 17 GW of capacity

    As I write this –

    UK Demand is 38 GW ….

    Wind is currently supplying 1 GW

    (see )

    Solar ≈ 1 GW …..So where’s the other 15 GW (88% of Wind & Solar pv capacity ) that we are paying £billions in subsidies per yr for???

    Wind has hardly produced anything in the last month.( See 2nd graph in 2nd column)

    How can anyone contemplate running a country on such
    inadequate & intermittent energy sources ???

    To use a technical term…they’re Cr@p; ….but great for subsidy farming !!

    To see how much this is actually costing us look at UK’s 850+ Windfarms list

    ( Gives – Location, Capacity, Actual output, Capacity factor,
    Tariff details & Income for each site.)

    See –

    See your local Windfarm instantaneous output on this Europe wide map

    (note- capacity is in MW but output is kW so ÷ DIVIDE output by 1,000 to compare; So 493 kW production from a capacity of 1MW is only 0.493MW!! That’s why they like to
    confuse you. )

    UK is not alone; this is what’s happening on the French Grid (Europe’s
    energy hub ). (hover cursor over dials for more info)

    Ed Millibands 2008 Climate Change Act, has locked us into this madness that the International Energy Agency suggest will cost us an EXTRA £1,300 billion over the next 20 yrs (that’s enough to run the NHS for 12yrs).

    More info here –

    Our dear country WILL be worse off than it is now, not because wind turbines look or sound bad, but because they are an inappropriate technology.

  • Philp G. Coggin

    All of the comments so far are very valid indeed; wind
    farms are without doubt an eyesore.

    They completely destroy the environment and what Yorkshire
    is proud of (its beautiful landscape and rolling flat fields) are being
    destroyed for profit and for no other reason!
    And before anyone comments about Yorshire not being flat every where, they do tend to build these things in flat lanscaped areas.

    One of the previous writers said exactly the problem, only those who own and
    erect these monstrosities gain in any way, they gain clearly and everyone else

    There has got to be a better place to put these awful things, and any further
    planning permission granted for the installation and erecting of these things
    just opens up another can of worms.

    You look some place one day and all of a sudden there it is yet another wind
    turbine going up, soon you know that many more will follow.

    It is time to stop granting permission for these awful blights on our landscape
    before we are even more over run with them, if not it will be too late to do
    anything about them.

    Although there are numerous objections to placing them at sea, I feel that
    there are far more reasons to object to them being erected inland.
    Since Hull is going to be a main producer of these turbines, it is now time before the complaints become too strong to make serious moves to stop building them inland, and if we want other countries to buy our products in this line, let us kerb our objections by putting them out to sea NOW!
    If we show others how bad they look inland, who do you think will want to make the same mistakes that we are making?

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