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We have been in touch with a group in Lichfield, England about a project Prowind is proposing there, which has met with steady opposition from residents. Including, it seems, opposition in the form of Sister Anne Marie Eden, whose convent is a place of rest for those in need, such as soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

Here is a recent report on citizen reaction, protest meetings, Prowind’s stance about the project in an idyllic English countryside and–bonus!–a photo of Johannes Busmann, head of Prowind. (Mr Busmann is the head of Prowind Canada, too.)

Here is the story from The Village Market Newspaper.

The implacable face of opposition

Posted by TheVM on 10/03/11 • Categorized as The Village Market Micronewspaper

 Huge applause erupted when Sister Anne Marie Eden countered unfeeling corporate ambition with simple humanity. Mease Valley residents have again been outraged by German attempts to blight a corner of rural Staffordshire thousands of people visit each year for its tranquil beauty. And it was the softly spoken nun who inspired their renewed fight back.

An Osnabruk-based company wants to site giant wind turbines near Haunton to get at taxpayers’ cash.

Softly spoken: powerful words from Haunton nun, Sister Anne Marie Eden.

But Sister Anne Marie Eden wants to preserve the Mease Valley’s quiet stillness for the souls who seek respite at her convent.

A packed protest meeting wearily rehearsed again the arguments that beat off Prowind at their first attempt to build in the valley.

But campaign champion County Councillor Matthew Ellis told them the prospects now looked grim.

He also quoted a dark warning from the Germans, who still seemed to be stinging from their earlier costly defeat: “We did not spend this amount of money just to walk away from it.”

The UK government is now subsidising foreign turbine firms to the tune of £500 million at year.

And yet serious doubts about their equipment’s efficiency on inland sites go unanswered.

Wind farms rejected

The county council refuses to allow large wind farms on its land for environmental reasons.

Rural bodies warn of turbines desecrating the countryside

Anti-windfarm protesters claim Prowind MD Johannes Busmann’s only thought is to help himself to generous taxpayer handouts.

Anyone who has met Sister Anne knows her one and only thought is to serve others.

She sees first hand the precious gift of healing and calm those who come to her for help gain from staying at the convent.

And few people could ever understand their mental turmoil as she does.

For 12 years she was an army chaplain, sometimes comforting soldiers heading for the front line – sometimes the bereaved families of those who did not return.

It is work she wants to continue at Haunton. She and her five fellow sisters stand ready if called on to receive soldiers traumatised by the horrors of Afghanistan.

Councillor Matthew Ellis: raised the alarm over Prowind’s new attempt to build near Haunton. Residents are looking to him for leadership.

But she fears that Prowind’s colossal turbine blades, chopping the wind like Chinook helicopter rotars, would forever mar the peace desperately sought by those in need.

Her simple message to Prowind was: “People come to us for quiet tranquility.

“What is going to happen if we do not fight for our countryside?

Angry: people in Harlaston, Haunton and Clifton Campville had hoped never to hear of Prowind again.

“We need beautiful natural things to look at.”

The packed hall at Harlaston erupted into loud applause.

Johannes Busmann and his team pulled out at the very last moment from their previous bid to build in the Mease Valley before their plans could be officially thrown out.

In doing so they left taxpayers to foot an estimated £90,000 bill in wasted administration fees.

Busmann had also broken promises to consult residents about his plans.

He totally ignored letters from the local MP – Christopher Pincher was even unaware that the businessman had advanced plans for another bid to locate turbines near Haunton.

Busmann has also refused to respond to journalists’ inquiries.

But at the Harlaston meeting last month residents heard how increased taxpayer subsidies for smaller scale wind farms made siting one near Haunton a more lucrative proposition than ever.

Vast profits to be had

Tory plans to ease planning laws also look set to bring a windfall for foreign companies such as ProWind.

Organisations including the National Trust are voicing fears for the future of the countryside.

Tory plans to adopt, “a presumption in favour of sustainable development” could see the number of wind turbines in the UK more than trebling from 2,000 to 6,500.

And Britain is not alone. In September ‘VM’ received a message of support from Canada for the Mease Valley campaigners.

Jane Wilson, Chair of the North Gower Wind Action Group, Ottawa, said: “We stand with you in your fight to preserve your community from industrialisation for taxpayer subsidised, inefficient and unreliable wind power generation.” She added that Busmann aimed to build up to ten, 190-metre-tall turbines near her neighbours’ homes.

He is now also determined to install two, 100-metre-tall, 500mw turbines in the heart of the unspoiled Mease Valley.

Laid back: Herr Busmann.

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In today’s news in the U.K.,

MP calls for ‘real green energy plan’ and slams ‘simplistic’ wind farm proposals

WIND farm proposals for a site near Sturton-le-Steeple have been slammed by Bassetlaw’s MP as the firm behind them looks to take the next step in its scheme.

EDF Energy Renewables Ltd is seeking planning permission for a 70m-high meteorological mast at land north of Sturton High House Farm.

If approved, the mast would gather information on wind speeds and weather conditions for an environmental impact assessment (EIA), in preparation for a planning application for a wind farm.

A “scoping study” by the company has already suggested 10 turbines, each capable of generating two megawatts, to be located south of South Wheatley and between Clarborough and Sturton-le-Steeple.


This week, Bassetlaw MP John Mann said the district was in danger of being ‘overwhelmed’ by wind farms, which would have ‘minimal impact’ on energy needs.

He said: “A real green energy plan for Bassetlaw would involve installing solar panels and ground source heating throughout Bassetlaw’s housing and civic building stock which would provide free energy for tenants and they should be giving planning priority only to new build properties that use sustainable energy.

“Considering the coal heritage and three major power stations in the area, Bassetlaw people should reject this simplistic imposition of wind turbines and insist on a real green energy policy that starts with every A1 bungalow getting free installation of green energy with the huge benefit of cheaper bills.”

A spokesman for EDF Energy Renewables defended the company’s plans for a wind farm in the area, adding that the UK needed such projects to meet renewable energy targets.

“EDF Energy Renewables is committed to developing new low carbon electricity generating capacity, to help met the UK’s tough targets for tackling climate change and we believe this is a suitable site,” he said.

“Meeting those targets requires significant investment in all low carbon technologies, energy efficiency measures and de-carbonising the country’s transport system. It will require a wide range of projects of differing scales to achieve.”

As reported last month, EDF’s proposal is one of three possible wind farms on the cards for land around Retford.

It joins plans by the Environment Agency for six 2.5 megawatt turbines on land between Saundby and Gainsborough, and an appeal by ProWind against Bassetlaw Council‘s refusal of permission for a further 12 turbines in the Cottam area.



A “real energy plan” the MP says, would focus on small-scale initiatives, not “simplistic” wind turbine projects that benefit only the corporate wind developer.

The realization that wind just won’t do the job is spreading.


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Here’s a story out of the UK about a Prowind proposed project. Again, it concerns HUGE turbines; people are complaining that Prowind is not easy to deal with and that information the company presents may not be accurate.

700 sign petition against Mease Valley wind farm

Monday 17th January 2011, 10:00PM GMT.

700 sign petition against Mease Valley wind farm

More than 700 people have signed a petition handed into Lichfield District Council against plans to build four 420ft wind turbines.

Lichfield planning chairman, councillor Richard Cox, has handed in the petition which says the turbines will harm the heritage and environment around Haunton. German firm Prowind is hoping to build the turbines.

It wants to site them in the heart of the Mease Valley — between Lichfield and Tamworth. People living nearby, opposing the plans, say the company has failed to answer crucial concerns.

Locals also say produced illustrations of the massive structures significantly underestimate the impact on the surrounding area and historic buildings.

Lynette Lewis, from the small community at Dunimere, a few hundred metres from the proposed wind farm, says the last 18 months have been a worrying time.

She said: “It’s been difficult for the communities of Clifton Campville, Harlaston and Haunton. But hundreds and hundreds of people have been united in opposition to this wind farm.

“It’s not been easy dealing with the company proposing this development.

“Concerns were raised a year ago over the accuracy of illustrations they provided showing what the impact would be on the local area.

“We and many others felt they’d missed the most sensitive aspects but requests for additional illustrations fell on deaf ears.

“The ongoing delays to this planning application are because Prowind are now finally being forced to provide those extra illustrations we asked for long ago.”

Matthew Ellis, the area’s county councillor, says local communities are clearly united in opposing the plans.

He said: “Whether or not you believe in the viability of on-shore wind energy, these proposed turbines will be some of the largest ever built on mainland UK and will undoubtedly affect the wider Mease and Tame area for miles around.”

Read more: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2011/01/17/700-sign-petition-against-mease-valley-wind-farm/#ixzz1BOzWwfvm

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