CropTec Show
Farminguk
29 September 2016 | Online since 2003
Briefing Media - FG Classified


13 March 2014 12:30:25 |News,NFU,Renewables

Scottish Farmers Put the Heat on UK Energy Minister


Farmers from Caithness to Cornwall are calling on Energy Minister Greg Barker to deliver on his demand that; "The Big Six need to become the Big 60,000…a decentralised power to the people energy revolution."
Campaigners Action for Renewables is harnessing the voices of thousands of farmers and rural businesses to help Greg Barker, make his Big 60,000 happen. He’s called for a "new generation of energy entrepreneurs”, so they’re calling on him to review the upcoming Feed-In-Tariff reduction, before it puts businesses and jobs at risk. Scotland’s farm scale wind turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind is backing the campaign.
Gaia-Wind CEO Johnnie Andringa said:
Farm Scale wind turbines (up to 15kW), largely serve the rural domestic, farm, or small business where a combination of the Feed-In Tariff and renewable energy supply bring energy independence to thousands. This is “Distributed Energy”: electricity being generated where it is used. These are not “Investment Wind farms”, mostly its one or two individual machines for people trying to reduce their energy costs and make a contribution against climate change.

Perthshire Farmers Debbie and Neil McGowan’s Gaia-Wind 11kW turbine powers their water bore hole; cattle sheds; and farmhouse and has given them control over their rising electricity bills. Debbie Said: “We decided to lower our carbon footprint and reduce our energy costs. Being able to take control over a variable cost such as rising electricity bills was a big motivation. We have installed a Gaia-Wind farm scale turbine which powers a water bore hole supplying four farms with water, including the cattle sheds and the farmhouse.
Action for Renewables Chair Dr Tony Juniper, said:
We’ve seen farmers, home-owners, hoteliers and ice-cream makers using small or farm-sized turbines to help sustain their businesses. “There are thousands of businesses who won’t be able to take advantage of small and medium wind power if the Government doesn’t step back and review the proposed changes to the feed-in-tariff.
“It’s right that as more farm-sized turbines are installed, support is scaled back. But cutting back on investment now will put British manufacturers out of business and make it harder for farmers and communities to generate their own electricity.”

Download

0 Comment

loginuserlogo
Name

Please enter your name


Email

Please enter your email

Please enter valid email


Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment has been submitted successfully. Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment


Ireland | 29 September 2016
Irish dairy farmers seek €11m under EU milk reduction scheme

Irish dairy farmers have sought €11m to reduce milk production during the final three months of the year under the European Union’s Voluntary Milk Reduction Scheme. This is according to the Ministe...


USA | 29 September 2016
U.S. cattle prices continue to erode as supplies rise

Rising beef supplies and large supplies of competing proteins are eroding prices on fed cattle headed for slaughter, and market volatility continues to be the focal point of the U.S. market. In the...


USA | 29 September 2016
Farmers suing Syngenta over GMO corn granted class action status in federal court

A federal judge has granted class action status to at least 440,000 farmers accusing agrochemical giant Syngenta of selling genetically modified corn seeds and costing them billions of dollars in lost...


Australia | 29 September 2016
Global dairy prices lift as farmers slash production

Global dairy prices are rising as farmers around the world cut back on production, but local prices are still below the cost of production for many south-east Australian farmers. The previous Globa...


Puerto Rico | 29 September 2016
Puerto Rico Experiences an Agricultural Renaissance

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Puerto Ricans are buying rice, vegetables and traditional crops such as plantains and pineapples, that are produced on the island. As new farms spring across ...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed


Top stories you may have missed
FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Farm subsidy payments funded by the UK taxpayer are being paid to millionai...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Labour will end the badger cull and prioritise ending bovine TB, Shadow Def...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A herd of rare White Park cattle could die out if its owners do not urgentl...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The UK government is "failing" to support farmers in the long-term accordin...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Retailer Co-op has announced that from May 2017 all of its bacon and lamb w...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Over 50 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock-take of all the UK's n...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

In the run up to the EU farm ministers meeting the agricultural sector have...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The RPA must iron out a number of problems that still exist with 2015 BPS p...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Tourism businesses in the countryside are being held back due to the uncert...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A 24 point action plan aimed at revitalising Scotland's sheep sector after ...


closeicon
Username
Password