COUNCILLORS have called on the Scottish Government to amend planning policies which, they fear, could result in a further proliferation of wind farms at unsuitable sites in the Borders.

Even SNP members, who dominate the ruling administration on Scottish Borders Council, have backed the call for Scotland’s planning policy (SPP) – in the gift of the Holyrood legislature and currently being reviewed – to be modified to prevent our region being swamped by massive turbines.

Underpinning a large chunk of the national strategy, which will govern local planning decisions, is a commitment that 100 per cent of Scotland’s energy needs will be met from renewable sources by 2020.

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Tim · July 23, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Harrywr2 -15-,””Peak Oil” is an economic term. It is the price at which sbttuisute goods become attractive.”No. Peak oil is the point in time when the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production enters terminal decline.The concept originated with M. King Hubbert, who, in 1956, accurately predicted that United States production of oil would peak between 1965 and 1970. Colin Campbell received his Ph.D. in 1957, so there is no way that he invented the concept of Peak Oil, although he is now very involved in promoting the idea.Natural gas powered cars have the same problem as hydrogen powered cars, no distribution network for the fuel. That sort of thing takes decades to implement. It’s much cheaper and faster to build gas to liquids plants and use the distribution network we have now. Of course that means that the low CO2 advantage of natural gas goes away. And that’s not to mention the leakage rate of methane if the vehicle uses cryogenic storage.

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