Scottish Farmers Put the Heat on UK Energy Minister
Farmers from Caithness to Cornwall are calling on Energy Minister Greg
Barker to deliver on his demand that; "The Big Six need to become the Big
60,000...a decentralised power to the people energy revolution. "
Campaigners Action for Renewables is harnessing the voices of thousands of
farmers and rural businesses to help Greg Barker, make his Big 60,000
happen. He's called for a "new generation of energy entrepreneurs", so
they're calling on him to review the upcoming Feed-In-Tariff reduction,
before it puts businesses and jobs at risk. Scotland's farm scale wind
turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind is backing the campaign.
Gaia-Wind CEO Johnnie Andringa said:
Farm Scale wind turbines (up to 15kW), largely serve the rural domestic,
farm, or small business where a combination of the Feed-In Tariff and
renewable energy supply bring energy independence to thousands. This is
"Distributed Energy": electricity being generated where it is used. These
are not "Investment Wind farms", mostly its one or two individual machines
for people trying to reduce their energy costs and make a contribution
against climate change.
Perthshire Farmers Debbie and Neil McGowan's Gaia-Wind 11kW turbine powers
their water bore hole; cattle sheds; and farmhouse and has given them
control over their rising electricity bills. Debbie Said: "We decided to
lower our carbon footprint and reduce our energy costs. Being able to take
control over a variable cost such as rising electricity bills was a big
motivation. We have installed a Gaia-Wind farm scale turbine which powers a
water bore hole supplying four farms with water, including the cattle sheds
and the farmhouse.
Action for Renewables Chair Dr Tony Juniper, said:
We've seen farmers, home-owners, hoteliers and ice-cream makers using small
or farm-sized turbines to help sustain their businesses. "There are
thousands of businesses who won't be able to take advantage of small and
medium wind power if the Government doesn't step back and review the
proposed changes to the feed-in-tariff.
"It's right that as more farm-sized turbines are installed, support is
scaled back. But cutting back on investment now will put British
manufacturers out of business and make it harder for farmers and communities
to generate their own electricity."
1. For further information email
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07920715345 or visit Gaia-Wind.com <http://www.gaia-wind.com/>
2. To join the call for Greg Barker to back the Big 60,000 go to
3. Gaia-Wind Ltd is a manufacturer of world leading high performance
Small Wind Turbines, servicing farms, rural properties, businesses, and
community projects. The company is headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, with
appointed distributors across the UK as well as operations in Italy, France,
Denmark, Ireland, and the US.
4. In 2012 Gaia-Wind was listed as the fastest growing private
company in Scotland and the eighth fastest growing in the UK.
5. Almost 1000 Gaia-Wind turbines have been "in the ground" for a
combined operational time of more than 15 million hours. That's over 1,700
years. In Denmark, 77 of our Gaia-Wind turbines have been running for more
than 10 years.
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