Council's housing investment is sound sense for wallets, purses and the environment

In his role as the council's lead on housing finance, Adrian submitted this letter to the Letters Page of the local press.

“Dear Sir,

Proposed wind turbines whether at Walkers in Skelmersdale or in Wrightington continue to generate local controversy, if not electricity.

Given the experience of Denmark, which has promoted wind power since 1980, that’s not surprising. In spite of thirty years development, large subsidies continue to be required from the Danish population. Nor do residents seem to become more accepting of the technology as the years pass. Noise issues have become a major factor in the backlash against onshore wind energy from Danish residents.

I am a strong supporter of renewable energy. I have championed tidal and wave power which has the benefit of being constant, something wind power is not. As the council’s lead on housing finance we are currently exploring biomass heating for the estate revival scheme on the Firbeck estate in Skelmersdale. Yet in these difficult times we need to spend money wisely to maximum effect.

That’s why the local council is installing double glazing in around 1200 of our council house properties this year. This could save almost £200,000 annually in energy for those residents and reduce carbon emissions by more than 800 tonnes a year. To achieve the same carbon reductions with wind turbines we’d need to install more than 220 turbines reaching forty feet in height at three times the cost of our windows programme. Of course, the turbines would also not provide the direct benefit in warmer homes, better health and lower fuel bills to some of our less well-off residents.

In housing, the council will continue to focus on practical energy measures that benefit our residents and the environment.

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