Renewable energy cuts our carbon footprint
Winchester District needs to cut roughly 200 thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 4 years (or the equivalent in other greenhouse gases, such as methane) to meet our 2015 target.
The proposals for a wind farm at Bullington Cross would displace emissions of about 32,000 tonnes and for turning waste into power through pyrolysis and anaerobic digestion at Micheldever sidings would displace emissions of about 50,000 tonnes - together, this is 40% of our target. Some local people have concerns about the impact of the schemes, such as the noise or visual impact.
Another way to get near the target would be to take about a quarter of all vehicles off our roads, and for every single household in the district to cut its energy use by a third and install solar panels.
WinACC wants to see much more renewable energy generation in Winchester District to help reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. So our starting point is to support proposals in principle, though we recognise that each scheme will have disadvantages as well as advantages. All schemes need to benefit the wider community and we will always judge each proposal on its merits.
We will argue for all schemes to have benefit for the wider community, e.g. ones which are community-led, or business-led with shares to individuals or communities.
Several developer-led proposals for renewable energy generation are being considered locally:
- a windfarm at Bullington Cross, proposed by EDF - see www.bullingtoncrosswindfarm.co.uk
- an anaerobic digester and waste-to-power scheme at Micheldever Station, proposed by Clean Power Properties and Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd - see http://micheldeverenergy.info
- a wind farm at Raglington - http://planningapplications.winchester.gov.uk/PlanningWeb/Results.aspx?ID=12/00913/FUL&tab=0