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Update on Renewable Energy

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Dorset CPRE is fully supportive of renewable energy development in Dorset but not at any price.

Dorset CPRE Policy on Renewable Energy

  1. Dorset CPRE is fully supportive of renewable energy development in Dorset but not at any price. It is opposed to proposals that would do anything other than minimal harm to Dorset’s exceptional and highly valued landscape, heritage, agricultural and amenity assets.
  2. it is particularly opposed to industrial scale wind turbines and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installations that can be damaging to Dorset’s prevalent small–scale landscapes.
  3. It supports the deployment of solar photovoltaic panels on domestic, commercial, public and industrial roofs, including those that can be built over car parks.
  4. It favours smaller scale ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installations with a maximum capacity of 5 MW (20,000 panels) that can be well-screened from surrounding view points.
  5. It does not object to small-scale wind turbines close to buildings.
  6. It hopes that the Council will be successful in promoting community-owned renewable energy installations of all kinds and wishes to provide support in any way it can through its network of members across the Council area.
Report on renewable energy generation in Dorset
Update report to be posted soon.
Dorset Council Local Plan
We submitted a report regarding Renewable Energy issues (see copy below under downloads).  
Installations of National Significance
Please see below link to report on 'A Note on Installations of National Significance & the Setting of Local Renewable Energy Targets' dated 21st June 2021.  It can be noted that Dorset Council's Low Carbon Team has stated that Dorset needs to generate 100% of its estimated 4 TWh future annual electricity demand from its own solar, wind and biomass resources. The possibility that this target could be reduced by two thirds through a contribution from installations of National Significance appears not to have been considered.
Battery Storage
The Government is encouraging the development of backup generation and battery storage in the countryside as means of increasing electricity supply.  CPRE Wiltshire has produced a booklet exploring the issues raised by planning applications to implement these processes. 

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