Lets be realistic about this, Corfu needs energy and as far as I am aware, relies on it's power from the mainland, if I'm wrong, please correct me.
A wind farm could make it (potentially) self sufficient in electricity which can't be a bad thing surely?
Having lived with the view on the North East Coast of England of a large coal fired power station (Cambois) which was pulled down when it reached it's design life and can now see some offshore turbines (not enough to replace it though)near where it stood, I know which I would rather look at
A wind farm, any day
Given the economic climate in Greece, the large downturn in tourism in general which Corfu relies on, how would a wind farm be that detrimental?
It wouldn't stop me personally from visiting Corfu and I suspect it wouldn't put others off either.
Message posted by Lavinia on 10 January 2010 at 10:15pm - IP Logged
Sunnypop, the link was in French not Greek but the company appears to be pretty clued up re the environment. I haven't read the whole thing in depth, just skimmed through it (I speak French), but I can't see any particular reference to Corfu?
Message posted by Bill on 10 January 2010 at 10:34pm - IP Logged
I think Sunnypop an extra 'w' crept into your link. Try it here instead - I've put it into an English translation too.
Having read the website details, the proposals do sound excessive - they speak of more than 300 x 168m tall x 4m span turbines being put around the north/north west coast. The arguments against them include the electomagnetic pollution and devastation of natural habitat for marine species. I must admit the number of units does sound excessive.
I'm all for sufficient to serve immediate needs. I wouldn't mind having turbines in my line of vision at all if they were ecologically and economically viable, even. They would also generate some much needed employment locally. However, this seems to be massive scale commercial wind farming purely for profit sake, they would produce far more power than Corfu and it's immediate neighbours could use...
Message posted by Sunnypop on 10 January 2010 at 11:56pm - IP Logged
Lavinia....where are you looking? I am a Greek speaker and that is as Greek as it gets!
Rocky and Bill, thanks for pointing out the extra 'w' I've rectified the original link now, just in case they miss your correction. But I am at a loss as to where Lavinia is reading a french article, any ideas? The article we are reading is clearly Greek with a graphic impression of NW Corfu.
I have heard that the two councils involved have turned the project down.
Message posted by bobbo on 11 January 2010 at 12:00am - IP Logged
I got the link in Greek, and the visual impact certainly seems tremendous - more than 300 of them. The petition claims that they will interrupt communications between the three Diapontian islands and be visible for 40 kms. Although I do agree with Jan that they are not necessarily ugly in themselves, they look to be too close to the islands not to cause noise pollution.
Isn't the whole idea of wind energy suspect, anyway? I seem to remember reading that the benefits are not necessarily guaranteed. Must check with my more knowledgeable son.
Message posted by Lavinia on 11 January 2010 at 2:50am - IP Logged
Sunnypop, I wasn't trying to be difficult, I just clicked on the link you gave us! I have now read it in French, English and Greek and have to say it is pretty horrific. BUT I would like to wait to hear what Susanna's son has to say on the subject as he is an expert.
Am I right in believing the main objection is to the size of the project (which is massive)? If this is the case maybe a better defence would be to try to encourage alternative sea/land sites for several smaller wind farms round the island? Many areas spring to mind but where do all of you suggest?
I still think we need to harness natural energy where possible and surely the sea itself is a source as well as the wind. The power behind the waves crashing over the rocks at this time of year is just one untapped example. I know of a farmer in Yorkshire who powers all his cowsheds/milking machines from hydro-electricity generated from a stream going through his land and he even sells excess electricity back to the National Grid.
Message posted by mags-marianna on 11 January 2010 at 8:53am - IP Logged
The link that sunnypop posted is Greek but thanks to google I can read it in English and it states the important factors as to why we should be against it- not my own personal views as yet I am still thinking on the subject, but it's points are; MORE THAN 300 WIND TURBINES WITH A HEIGHT OF 166 METERS EACH,4 METERS COLUMN. FOR EACH BASE WOULD REQUIRE 18,000 TONNES OF CONCRETE, DOZENS OF SUB-STATIONS AT SEA ANSASHORE HUGE SUBSTATION, EXTRA HIGH VOLTAGE TRANSMISSON PYLONS BY THE GAZATIKA, DIFFICULTY WITH THE TRAFFIC ISLANDS. UNABLE TO PASS 18,000 YACHTS, SOUND AND ELECTROMAGNETIC POLLUTION, VISUAL POLUTION ( VISABLE FROM 40 KILOMETERS). DEVASTATING EFFECTS ON TOURISM. DESTRUCTION OF THE UNDERWATER HABITAT, AND DESTRUCTION OF FISHERIES. So that is the bad points I guess, there must be some good points as well I suppose !
Message posted by SaraD on 11 January 2010 at 10:36am - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by Rocky and Bill on 10 January 2010
Given the number of gales we've had recently I think a decent sized wind farm here could power half of Greece!
Difficult call I agree. Personally I think that the ecological benefits must outweigh the potential visual disturbance. The massive turbines off the English coast are quite stunning once you get used to the different horizon.
If they were placed several kms off the coast on the west they would hardly be instrusive, surely...?
Message posted by Bill on 11 January 2010 at 10:58am - IP Logged
Sorry SaraD, not sure why you've quoted part of my earlier post...? Remember it was made before Sunnypop brought our attention to the website that describes sheer size and location of the proposed wind farm. I stand by my comment, but certainly don't agree with putting 300+ turbines within 1.5km of the northern coastline. It would have to be proportionate and sited to minimise the impact on the environment.
Of course, on the other hand, perhaps you intended to write something underneath the quote
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