Energy, particularly ‘renewable energy’, remains one of the most controversial areas of Government Policy. Whatever one’s views on Climate Change it is clear that the drive for renewable energy wherever it makes sense is something that CPRE Devon supports. We do not object to small turbines designed to benefit the local farmer or business. We do, however, have to do all we can to protect our precious landscape, not only for its own sake and for those who come after us, but for its importance to the local economy. Renewable energy comes in many forms from wind turbines and solar farms to anaerobic digestion and hydro schemes.

CPR National Office has published a number of documents CPRE’s Policy on Energy, A Planning Campaign Briefing on Energy infrastructure, and a Policy Guidance Note on Onshore Wind Turbines. We have also published a Renewable Energy Guide for Rural Communities and some helpful information on a Countryside Friendly Smart Grid and an independent Cost Evaluation of placing some sections of the Grid underground, and an Introduction to the National Grid in the SW Region.  We have also produced an explanation of “Fracking” for those new to the subject.  Our spokesman, Dr Philip Bratby, has also produced a comment on the proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.  CPRE Devon comment on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

Much of this high level policy is at best unhelpful to those wrestling with major planning applications for renewable energy projects. The sheer scale of these across Devon can be seen here. We have, therefore, held a number of Seminars to help the public understand the subject better. You can see a presentation on “Understanding Wind and Solar Power” and another on “Dealing with the Planning System”. In addition we have a handy short brief on how a Parish Council might approach dealing with a wind turbine planning application?  As ever, “Material Planning Considerations” will dominate any decision. A short “Help Desk” piece on which may apply can be read here.

The Feed-in Tariff Payment Rate Table for Non-Photovoltaic Eligible Installations for FIT Year 5 (1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015) can be found here.

As ever, once you have absorbed these documents, your local District Chair should be your first port of call, particularly if there is a new planning application near you as yet unknown to us.

On Farm Anaerobic Digesters – read Dr Phillip Bratby’s presentation which he gave at our seminar on 21st November 2015  here CPRE Devon Presentation – On Farm Anaerobic Digestors

Latest News.  November 2016.  Read our Energy Spokesman, Dr Phillip Bratby’s personal opinion, in his report dated November 2016, entitled ‘The Disastrous Impact of Renewable Energy in Devon       * Note: this is the personal opinion of Dr Phillip Bratby and is not necessarily endorsed by CPRE Devon.