11 June 2014

E...

...is for Energy


A device capable of dividing a community if there are plans afoot to install them.  But should we be accepting of them, are they the future of energy production small scale and local?  Or perhaps we should be using less energy?

They were surprisingly quiet, especially as I have heard so much about the terrible noise they make.  We were close to them, right below, and no they weren't silent but not intrusive either, not like a busy road or an airport.

Are they a sign of progress, a sign that we must fight to resist.  In the past did folks feel the same about pylons?  Or Windmills?  Maybe one day in the future they will be everywhere and we will have got used to them.  What do you think?

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12 comments:

  1. I think we should definitely be using less energy but since I cannot imagine doing without electricity at all now that we have all got used to having it then these seem a less damaging option for the environment than some other ideas. I dare say that people have always resisted change, sometimes rightly so, and then got used to it and accepted it. Windmills versus nuclear power good things or bad discuss eh?!

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  2. Much prefer them to nuclear power. It's making use of nature. My only concerns with them is the danger to birds x

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  3. Love the angle of the photo. With blue sky as well. I tend to look at them and liken them to windmills of old. They are temporary. So long as they don't effect the wildlife, I wouldn't mind having one that I could see from the house. Not on top of it. My husband disagrees. #AlphabetPhoto

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  4. A good topic. Without knowing a whole lot about their efficacy, and by that I mean real knowledge, I say I am not crazy about them. I love the idea of using a natural resource but struggle with the reports of how they disrupt the migration of butterflies, birds and bats. Do you have any more, good reliable information about wind power? I would love to know more. xo

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  5. I find them to be a welcome sight--they are visually appealing and doing good work.

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  6. A lovely photo. There are plans to build a massive wind farm here in Shetland. I (despite being looked at like I am a mass murderer) am for the project, although I wish the energy would be fed into local homes and not sent south to the mainland of Scotland. If the mainland of Scotland want electricity they should build more windfarms on their own soil!

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  7. I think that they are way better than say nuclear plants! Which when something go wrong they really go wrong. This photo is so positive. Like theres hope =) #alphabetphoto

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  8. Having been part of a successful campaign to stop one here I know a fair bit about this. And if they are put in the wrong place I'd say the cons definitely outweigh the pros in terms of local environmental disruption. Remember that every step of the process, from fabrication to installation to activation, carries an environmental cost and many produce very little power. However sited with proper thought they are certainly a useful part of the overall picture.

    Using less power is a great idea, but the real problem lies with excessive industrial use not collective domestic use.

    Final thought, as nuclear technology advances the day may be approaching when the pros of nuclear generation outweigh the cons.

    Perhaps I should add that my circle of family and friends boasts both environmentalists and two nuclear engineers ... we have some interesting debates when we all get together!

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  9. I think we should be working towards using less energy but as we still need energy of some kind windfarms seem like a fair enough solution. I didn't realize, however, that they disrupt migration patterns.

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  10. When I look at what they can do, because seriously, it's a long shot that people at large are going to scale down on energy use, I stand convinced we need them, and need them quick! I've watched people on TV, home owners who stand in protest over the entire movement to install them in the rural landscape of the country and question whether I'd be less inclined toward them if my property prices got slashed etc. Admittedly, property prices won't get effected as much if we work toward getting rid of the stigma! I personally think they look quite gorgeous! Amazing that the windmills of old are as revered as they are in Northern Europe..and yet, the vitriol it's modern avatar invokes is quite ironic..

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  11. When my parents moved to Spain nearly 10 years ago there were a few wind turbines on one of the mountain ranges - now they are everywhere to the point I can work out where my parents live from the aeroplane if there are no clouds! They do fascinate me and Monkey #alphabetphoto

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  12. I'm sure we should less energy, interesting point. Wind turbines look wonderful when presented with an image like this, just fabulous with the blue sky. Thank you for sharing with #alphabetphoto

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