Thursday, 22 September 2011

Scottish National Wind Farm Conference 2011

Do you want to know more about wind farms? Are you undecided about them? Do you think they are a good idea but are open to hearing a little bit more than the usual spin? Perhaps you would like to find out more about the health or noise implications? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, there is an opportunity to find out more - considerably more. A wind farm conference is being arranged for Friday 11 November 2011 at the Ayrshire Suite of Ayr Racecourse. This event is being organised by Communities Against Turbines Scotland (CATS). The cost is £26 per person and includes lunch and parking. This is a non-profit conference. Register for the conference here.

The conference will be chaired by Graeme Pearson MSP. The day starts at 10:30AM, and goes onto 4 PM. Speakers at the event include:

  • Struan Stevenson MEP - Struan is a well known Conservative MEP who lives locally. He is chairman of the Climate Change, Biodiversity & Sustainable Development Intergroup in the European Parliament. His speeches are usually strong, factual and rousing - cutting straight to the meat of the matter.
  • Professor Iain MacLeod - Vice-President, The Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland (IESIS*) and Chairman of the IESIS Energy Strategy Group.
  • Colin Gibson - IESIS member, formerly Power Network Director, the National Grid.
  • Dick Bowdler - Independent Consultant, Dick Bowdler Acoustics. Dick is an acoustician who has a deep knowledge and understand of wind turbine noise. He is openly critical of the deficiencies of ETSU-R-97 and has published this critique of it.
  • Dr Malcolm Swinbanks - Malcolm presented at the recent international Wind Turbine Noise Conference in Rome, in April 2011 on the audibility of low frequency wind turbine noise.
  • Dr Chris Hanning - Chris is the author of this paper on wind turbine noise, sleep & Health issues, and has participated in the authoring of a number of other papers documenting the health impacts of wind turbines.
  • Helen McDade (John Muir Trust) - Helen will give the trust’s view on the issues around energy as it impacts wild areas from two different perspectives.

* IESIS is a multidisciplinary professional engineering body

Looking at the list of speakers, the conference will afford an excellent opportunity to hear about several different aspects of wind farms - from health issues to technical issues and from the ecological issues to strategic issues. If you can find the time to attend this event, do so; you will have a rare opportunity to listen to some very knowledgeable and eminent individuals. There will also be an excellent opportunity to meet other members of the public who have specific views and knowledge of wind farms in general.