Published in the Portsmouth News on 25th November 2014
PLANS for a new solar farm have been given a cautious welcome.
Proposals for a site west of the B2177 between Bishop’s Waltham and Waltham Chase went on show to the public.
And a large majority of those who attended gave positive feedback on the 50-acre farm being proposed by company Solafields.
More than a third filled in questionnaires at the consultation at Jubilee Hall in Bishop’s Waltham, with 86 per cent showing their support for the renewable energy scheme.
Residents said they were happy with how screened the farm will be and how the land would still have agricultural use.
Mark Candlish, director of Solafields, said: ‘We were delighted at the turnout and positive response from the community.
‘Many people were pleased to see how well screened the site is.
‘This is due to the surrounding mature trees and hedges.
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Havant Friends of the Earth member, John Auric has compiled a table on recycling rates in some Hampshire districts plus Hampshire County Council and neighbouring authorities. Eastleigh tops the list of the recyclers while Portsmouth, Southampton and perhaps surprisingly Brighton, with its Green Party Council are at the bottom.
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Fracking’s potential has been ‘overhyped’ by politicians and shale gas will not reduce energy prices or reliance on gas imports, says UK Energy Research Centre
Published on the guardian website on 11th November 2014
Story by Adam Vaughan
A general view of the fracking site at Barton Moss, Greater Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 26, 2014. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Politicians have overhyped fracking’s potential and the prospect of shale gas making Britain self-sufficient in gas again is far-fetched, according to government-funded researchers.
The UK became a net importer gas in 2004 as North Sea production declined, and the coalition has heavily promoted shale gas on the grounds of energy security and economic growth. David Cameron says the UK is “going out all for shale” and on Wednesday the government announced the first ‘national shale gas colleges’.
But a new report by academics at the Imperial College-based UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) says significant shale gas production in the UK is unlikely to get underway until next decade and will not reproduce the American ‘shale revolution’ that has put the US on course to energy self-sufficiency.
Jim Watson, an author of the report and professor of energy policy at the University of Sussex, said that industry and politicians had “overhyped” the impact shale will have on prices and energy security.
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