A sea of wind turbines or an extensive sea view?

This article explores the impact that wind farms are having on our views and what can be done to create a balance between the need for renewable energy and the concerns of environmentalists.
By: Mosaic Publicity Ltd
June 19, 2012 - PRLog -- Ten or so years ago you could look across the coast to see a glistening sun, rippling sea and an expansive landscape. Today your eyes are quickly drawn to a sea of white turbines, boldly turning in the breeze amongst the picturesque landscape there once was.
In recent attempts to increase the use of renewable energy in the UK, Britain’s coastlines have become home to many wind farms. Responses are varied and their positioning has often been contested by many local campaign groups.
Wind turbines are mostly 189m tall and are often white in colour; they work by wind forcing their rotating blades to turn which connects to a generator to produce the energy. Initially, they were an expensive investment, though as costs have fallen they are now a very common and efficient way to generate renewable energy.  
The Government have set clean energy targets for the UK and along with other renewable energy sources such as solar panels, wind farms are becoming a common scene among environmental landscapes across the UK.
Wind farms are an environmentally friendly way of overcoming the use of scarce resources and do not have any impact on agricultural uses for the surrounding land.  Nevertheless,  many people argue that they ruin landscape views and can be noisy.  They also require maintenance which can prove a costly and sometimes dangerous process.
Many campaigns have been set up to challenge the development of new wind farms across the UK such as Challenge Navitus, a Dorset-based group that is opposed the proposed development of a wind farm in Poole Bay.
Like many campaign groups, their reasons for challenging the production of wind farms in rural areas are vast. They say wind farms pose a risk to tourism in their prominent design and use of land. There are also strong feeling prompted in local communities because the energy generated in rural areas powers cities.
Renewable energy officials argue that wind farm maintenance is a minimal cost for the vast returns that wind turbines generate and is an investment in keeping the paddles turning.
As more and more wind farms spring up in Britain’s coastal destinations, more jobs are created in a time of an economic crisis. It seems that although there is a demand for renewable energy some of us are not quite ready to part with the vast picturesque landscapes that Britain is so famous for.
Whatever happens, we need energy and the real fact is that our, not so renewable, natural resources are running low. Whether a truce can made between the use of wind farms on British coastlines and the concerns raised by campaigners’ remains distant.  Just like the horizon of turbines that line the merging area of sea and sky on many of our coastlines.
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