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Dorset Draft Renewable Energy Strategy

Renewable Energy Strategy to 2020
Dorset County Council are refreshing the Bournemouth, Dorset, and Poole renewable energy strategy to bring it up to date. The public consultation periods ran from  June to 30th September 2011. Please see the consultation document on the Dorset County Council’s Website for the latest information.

In a January 2013 letter to Kate Hall, Chair of Dorset Energy Partnership, Richard Nicholls details why Dorset CPRE is unable to endorse the Final Draft of the Bournemounth, Dorset and Poole Renewable Energy Strategy. There is sufficient evidence to demonstrate that it is not fit for purpose. Dorset CPRE is not prepared to reconsider its position until the Partnership publishes revised District level estimates of Dorset's wind energy resources that are based on an assessment methodology that includes comprehensive landscape constraint.

Dorset CPRE has commissioned the leading Energy Expert, Colin Godfrey, Managing Director of CLG Energy Consultants Ltd., to do a critique of the Dorset draft County Renewable Energy Strategy.  This had a key scenario of around 180 wind turbines, each potentially up to 400 feet tall.  He found:


A Failure to take account of landscape assessments that results in potential onshore wind capacity being vastly overstated.


A Failure to update landscape assessments following recent detailed assessments by Local Authorities


A Failure to take account of recent planning decisions which render the success of planning applications in some potential areas highly unlikely.


A Failure to take account of off-shore windfarms and imported biomass, two of the potentially largest renewable energy sources, in the setting of targets.


A Failure to follow National Guidance and consult with English Nature over designated areas and sensitivity to birds.


A Failure to consider what is economically viable or subject to development constraints and modify the potential capacity accordingly.


A Failure to properly assess likely generation levels from onshore windfarms and associated savings in CO2 emissions.

In Summary: A Failure to produce an unbiased report which fairly sets out the realistic potential and the associated issues.

“The failures outlined above lead to the report seriously overstating the practical potential for development of onshore windfarms in the area. When account is taken of landscape assessments and separation distances (we are equally concerned at the assumption of 600 metre separation from residential homes, when Scottish and many European guidelines suggest a minimum of 2,000 metres.) it is highly unlikely that Dorset can practically achieve anything close to these levels of deployment.”

The recently released Government Energy Roadmap substantially changes the basic assumptions of the document, and we advocate that the Draft Strategy is re-written in the light of the Roadmap’s findings.

Please click on this link to view the critique for Dorset CPRE of the Report

David Peacock has produced an updated Dorset CPRE Report on Renewable Energy Installations in Dorset County (dated 31st December 2016).
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Useful links:


CPRE Northamptonshire’s paper on ‘Windfarms time to change direction?’

List of articles published in   the Dorset Echo.

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