Our weapon against fracking is the love of our land

John Ashton was the UK’s Special Representative for Climate Change between 2006 – 2012. This is an excerpt of a speech he gave at a public rally and joining of hands across the Forth Bridge against unconventional gas extraction in the Forth Estuary and Forth Valley, on 11 October 2015.


Walney Extension to create world’s biggest offshore wind farm


28th October 2015

By Joanne Birtwistle – Publications Editor

DONG Energy, a Danish energy company which owns the huge Walney Offshore Wind Farm off the Cumbrian/Lancastrian coast line, has announced it is to go ahead with the 660MW Walney Extension.

The Walney Extension to the offshore wind farm, located in the Irish Sea around 19 km off the west coast, is expected to be fully commissioned in 2018.

The extension means it will be the biggest offshore wind farm in the world, surpassing the 630MW London Array Offshore Wind Farm which was commissioned in 2014 by DONG Energy and its partners.

DONG said the final investment decision has been made after securing all necessary consents from authorities, completing site assessments and having signed the majority of the contracts for supply and installation to build the project.

Samuel Leupold, executive vice president at DONG Energy, said:“Walney Extension will deliver clean electricity to more than 460,000 UK homes and I’m very pleased that we can now start construction of what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm when completed.

“Building this offshore wind farm will bring us significantly closer to realising our strategy of having 6.5GW of installed capacity online by 2020.”

The company wll be installing two different turbines: 40 8MW turbines from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and 47 Siemens 7MW offshore turbines.

Leupold continued:“British offshore wind has seen phenomenal growth in recent years. A prerequisite for long term growth in the industry is that offshore wind eventually can compete on costs with other energy technologies. Building Walney Extension will bring us one step closer to that target, and I’m satisfied to see that we keep bringing costs down, while continuing to expand the UK supply chain.

“I’m also excited about the fact that turbine blades, part of the foundations and cable installation will come from UK manufacturing facilities and vessels and create local jobs.”


REAL (Renewable Energy Alliance Lancashire)

REAL 27 October 2016 PressRelease

Making a REAL difference with renewable energy The renewable energy sector has received a REAL boost from Lancashire residents, who are campaigning to replace fossil fuels with green energy.

Renewable Energy Alliance Lancashire (REAL) is a new group, created by local residents with the support of Friends of the Earth, that aims to support renewable energy schemes and opportunities in Lancashire and the neighbouring regions. The group has already supported a number of schemes including the successful application from LightSource, to build a solar farm at Staining Wood, off Preston New Road on the Fylde. It has also been instrumental in helping a number of local schools to capitalise on Friends of the Earth’s campaign, Run on Sun. The REAL approach has allowed several schools to take advantage of solar power installations at no cost, with all income streams being paid directly to the schools. In the space of a very short time, the growth of REAL has been quite phenomenal and varied, including support for many wind and solar farms, schools, community investment schemes, community engagement and public consultation, divestment from fossil fuels, engagement with local authorities and renewable energy suppliers. REAL works in the best interests of local communities and strives to enhance environments for future generations.

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