The Scottish Government has released a
plan for offshore wind
highlights six areas for potential development. The original plan
had selected ten regions for offshore renewable energy, however, four
were ultimately abandoned due to predicted negative environmental and
The six sites still in the running have an estimated energy potential of
nearly five gigawatts by 2020, or enough to power 3 million homes. Richard
Lochhead, Rural Affairs and Environment Secretary, said that Scotland’s
commitment to offshore wind production could generate over $11 billion
for the country’s economy and support up to 28,000 jobs over the next
From: “John S. Quarterman”
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, Leigh Touchton
Cc: [VDT, elected officials, and other people]
Subject: Re: Brad Lofton, Executive Director Industrial Authority
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2010 11:23:39 -0400
I also appreciate you taking the time to meet with people,
but I am disappointed in the information provided by VLCIA.
For example, you say:
You are absolutely correct in stating that we provided you peer reviewed
scientific literature proving that biomass plants are indeed carbon neutral
Excuse me? What journal accepts a stack of powerpoint slides for
Maybe you mean it’s based on some journal article. Citation, please:
journal, date, and page.
The only thing I can find in it that was peer-reviewed was a quote
from an IPCC 2007 report, which asks for “a sustainable forest
management strategy”. That’s what we don’t have; that stack of
slides certainly isn’t it.
Previously writing about biomass and carbon dioxide I said I’d supply an example of the sort of thing I’m looking for as a regional analysis for renewable energy, including biomass, solar, wind, wave, tides, and others.
Here it is: the Highland Renewable Energy Strategy
approved by the Highland Council at its 4 May 2006 meeting.
It’s a 58 page document about renewable energy strategy and planning guidelines,
considering numerous types of renewable energy, pros and cons
of each, power distribution, effects on environment, protected
areas, etc., illustrated copiously with detailed maps.
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