Renewable Energy in Hope Valley

To get to net Zero by 2050 we need to electrify our homes and vehicles and the demand for electricity will more than double.  Should we rely on importing electricity from elsewhere? Or should we generate some of this in Hope Valley? If so, how should we do it, recognising the importance of landscape in the national park? 

Go to   https://tinyurl.com/HVCA-Renew  and tell us what you think.

Read our interim report on Future Energy Demand in Hope Valley here.

Our final report, with the results of the survey, will be published in March.

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12 Responses

  1. I think that we should stop being so precious about the landscape and encourage the use of windfarms. I personally have 16 solar panels on my roof but new investment is not such a good deal for others since the FIT tariffs were reduced.

  2. We should try and meet some of this increased demand through local renewable energy generation as long as this produces competitive CO2 rating and the overall cost is affordable

  3. Ask Severn Trent to install a hydro generator at the Compensation outlet of Ladybower Dam-local gossip suggests that a Government Grant would assist

  4. Yes to an alternative energy use. But NO to industrialising England’s small areas of reserved national beauty. The Peak District is within one hour drive of millions of people. Wind power generation in this area would completely change and reduce the value gained over many years of careful tight regulation of private building etc. Obviously some areas have suffered visually from quarry work. But fortunately areas still exist which retain a fast disappearing asset. Finally remember that we all contribute to green energy cost each time we pay our energy bills. Also science will continue to research the problem of replacing fossil fuels. There are other ways of solving the problem around the corner, solar panels are just a crude start which will become increasingly obsolete over time.

  5. I totally agree with Marion after all there are already quarries and a cement works here and a wind farm is rather an elegant addition to the landscape; well sited to be bird friendly. We do need to better insulate our ancient stone walled cottages and for us to be sure about the trades’ claims, so a useful addition to newsletters might be to review and evaluate the various means by which this can be done. Additionally, better double glazing should be encouraged despite the listed building regulations.

  6. All properties built should have solar Panels and a small windmill on site to use wind power , I would love solar Panels as my back garden is south facing so get sun all day but I live in a rented bungalow in Curbar owned by a housing association as some of the private properties have them

  7. The Peak District National Park is the governing body for this district, so why not start by asking them where they stand on this issue and what solutions they would be agreeable to. As we are at the fountain head of the river derwent surely harnessing this resource would be a good start, for many years it was used to power the Bamford cotton mill, which is proof in it’s self that it works.

    1. We are in conversation with the Peak Park, who are most interested in the findings of our study and survey.

      In relation to hydro power a 2010 report on micro hydro by the CPRE concluded that the total generation potential in the PDNP is 2.9 MW.
      See https://www.friendsofthepeak.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/reports-peak-power-report-inc-appa.pdf

      This may be a under estimate of the total theoretical micro hydro potential but is an over-estimate of the realistic potential given licensing/planning/commercial issues.

      The current total domestic electricity demand in Hope Valley alone is 23,000 MWh and we predict it will rise to 51-60,000 MWh by 2050.

      This is more than 1000 times the total theoretical potential for hydro power in the whole of the Peak. We conclude that hydro can only make a small contribution to local electricity generation.

      The key question is, should be import all the electricity we need from elsewhere, or should we generate some of it locally.

  8. Locally we should endeavour to produce as much electricity as is sustainably possible but we will never produce enough to satisfy our local needs, importing will always be a part of the plan.
    I believe the short term answer that wind and solar give us is a cheap and nasty way to try and solve the issue. For a start construction alone of these turbines is environmentally unfriendly. With both these systems we will never supply 100% of our power needs 24/7/365 days a year, as we all know the wind doesn’t blow all the time and the sun doesn’t shine all the time so back up is essential. I cannot see batteries filling the gap, very expensive to manufacture and environmentally unfriendly. Apart from that of course the monster turbines desecrate beautiful areas of our country, just visit parts of Scotland particularly in the lovely border region.
    We are an island nation with numerous river estuaries which could supply power for 24/7/365 days a year, systems already exist to do this in this country and abroad. On top of that power could be generated in numerous location down a lot of our rivers reusing the water over and over again. I believe the Queen has had installed a generator by Windsor Old Lock on the River Thames suppling power to Windsor Castle. In time we should also be producing power from the endless movement of the sea, tidal and wave power. This is possible even now.
    It frightens me when I see money being poured into wind turbines, what are the ongoing cost and problems attached to maintaining them all particularly the offshore units, and what is their life span again particularly the offshore units.
    This forum is a great idea but while we can all help locally by conserving energy and getting insulation fitted to our homes and work places the issue is a national one indeed a worldwide one. Don’t forget we are all paying within in our energy bills for the current wind and solar power producing units although they will never be anywhere near the complete answer.

  9. The Hope Valley is an area of outstanding beauty and we need to ensure this is so for future generations. All these figures and green policies are meaningless if the average person will not be able to afford them. They also need to be proven to be effective and 100% reliable.
    I think we need to take a step back, all try and reduce our carbon footprint wherever possible and concentrate on putting pressure on the countries which cause the most pollution.

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