The RWFGroup formed on the 28th August 2011 as an active voluntary group opposed to the development of an Industrial Wind Farm currently being developed in the Lochgelly, Cowdenbeath, Lumphinnans, and Auchtertool area, and known as Little Raith Wind Farm.

Little Raith Wind Farm is an industrial wind farm development that will place 9 x 2.75 megawatt turbines, with a height of 423 ft, in an area of natural beauty.

Accurate scale map of the Industrial Turbines

We originally started as volunteers for the Loch of Shining Waters project for Lochgelly (www.lochgelly.org.uk), and started to raise awareness of the issues surrounding Industrial Wind Farms, through the Lochgelly site. However after only a few weeks of investigation it became apparent that (a) there is a lot of existing information about the dangers of Industrial Wind Farms, far exceeding the positive benefits, and (b) that to cover all the issues, the Lochgelly site would be swamped with information about Industrial Wind Farms and Little Raith Industrial Wind Farm.

Therefore, we didn’t think it was fair to use the Lochgelly site for our campaign, and have formed a splinter group, currently managed by 3 volunteers, which will release all information and research we find, online at: www.littleraithwindfarm.org.uk. Research directly connected to Little Raith Wind Farm will also be published at www.lochgelly.org.uk.

We have set up an opposition group (Raith Wind Farm Group) to the development after researching the negative effects of living close to industrial wind farms, and discovering there is no scientific proof based on real science that Industrial Wind Farms will reduce CO2 Emissions and remove our reliance on Fossil Fuels.

The RWFGroup has been in contact with several organisations and independent scientists, from all over the world, whilst we were conducting research on the likely impact the Little Raith ‘Industrial’ Wind Farm will have on our local communities.

We have came to the following conclusions:

  • The wind power industry does NOT have proof — any place in the world — that CO2 has been materially reduced, or that any coal power plant has been shut down due to wind power added to the grid.
  • Wind power isn’t green and isn’t a meaningful solution. There are alternative energy sources that better meet the science/economics/environmental tests much better than wind: like geothermal.
  • We should not be wasting community resources on a technology that does not work, and causes damage to our natural landscapes, wildlife habitats, and has the potential to kill 360 birds per year.
  • The Wind Power Industry cannot provide independently researched scientific studies that are peer reviewed to back up their claims.
  • The money offered in the community fund is small and insignificant compared to the lost property values in our local communities that will occur from the development.
  • The money offered in the community fund is small and insignificant when we consider the impact on residents health, and the increased expenditure of the NHS to deal with the increase in health issues.
  • The money offered by the developers is not generosity on their part as it is taxpayer money in the first place, through increased consumer costs to cover the indirect subsidies of the ROCs, which provide the Wind Energy Industry with most of their money and profit.

We are STRONGLY in favour of reducing the pollutants of fossil fuel power facilities (like coal), and of aggressively investigating other good options for producing electricity. Our main concern is that we should not be wasting time and money on illusionary solutions — like some of the alternatives being promoted by those with vested financial interests in them.

You can learn more about our group (Raith Wind Farm Group) and more about the Little Raith ‘Industrial’ Wind Farm by visiting: www.littleraithwindfarm.org.uk

If you have any enquiries, would like to get involved please Contact Us

Do you support the Little Raith Wind Farm project?

  • No (89%, 433 Votes)
  • Yes (8%, 41 Votes)
  • Unsure (1%, 6 Votes)
  • No Opinion (1%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 484

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One Comment

  1. Anon

    September 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I came across the following article, ‘Why Wind Won’t Work’. It is straightforward and easier to read than some of the more technical articles.

    Wind Power has a Huge Land Footprint and large Capital Cost

    [Because wind is such a dilute energy source, it requires a large area of land to collect significant energy. Moreover wind towers cannot be built behind one another or the front turbine “steals” the wind of any others that happen to be downwind at that time. Thus anyone foolish enough to embark on large scale wind power developments will find he needs wind towers on every hilltop, on every headland and also out in the lakes and seas. Construction of so many towers in so many awkward places is a costly engineering and logistics exercise. Substantial roads will have to be dozed to every site, and left there for maintenance vehicles over the life of the wind farm. Then, every turbine has to be connected to the power grid requiring another large scale land disturbance for construction and maintenance of the far flung network of transmission lines.
    Then every wind farm needs a backup power facility – in Australia it is likely to be gas. This effectively doubles the capital cost of producing that slab of power and runs the whole system inefficiently. And because the backup has to be “on call”, the operating and maintenance costs of the whole network are increased.
    Too much wind also adds to the instability and of the whole electricity grid.
    All of these politically imposed costs have to be paid by consumers or taxpayers.]

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