What kind of green energy infrastructure do we want?

Where do we build it and on what scale?



We need the right sort of ‘infrastructure’ to handle the extremes in the weather:

The impact that the climate crisis has had on the globe over the last decade is a critical influence on how architects and urban planners design future cities… When it comes to creating ways to save our cities from “the next big one”, whether it be a hurricane, flood, snowstorm, or fire, the way that we design the preventative infrastructure neglects a significant number of people.

The Cost of Climate Change: Who is Really Protected by Urban Mitigation Efforts? | ArchDaily

So, the Sidmouth Beach Management Plan could be seen as how some sort of ‘preventative infrastructure’ can ‘save’ an urban environment:

Beach Management Plan: storms and sea walls – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Beach Management Plan: tenfold increase in erosion predicted – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Beach Management Plan: Saving Pennington Point – Vision Group for Sidmouth


However, in order to ‘solve’ many of these issues, the conventional wisdom is to build large-scale renewable energy projects:

The questions around wind energy – Vision Group for Sidmouth

What do we do with old wind-turbine blades? – Vision Group for Sidmouth

And these massive projects are built in ‘the countryside’ – rather than in the cities which are facing the brunt of climate change. And a new documentary just out looks at such a project in northern Sweden:

Headwind”21 [Documentary] – YouTube

This has a similar story-line to another documentary released last year:

‘Planet of the Humans’: a new documentary – Vision Group for Sidmouth


Much of the debate around ‘green infrastructure’ has become highly politicised:

New Documentary Reveals How Corrupt And Destructive Green Energies Are: “This Is A Broken System” – Clintel

‘CO2 is plant food’: Australian group signs international declaration denying climate science | Climate change | The Guardian

Climate Intelligence Foundation (CLINTEL) – DeSmog

But perhaps common ground could be found in much less imposing technologies:

Bladeless wind turbines – Vision Group for Sidmouth

The promise of solar panels – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Which would be ‘community-centred’:

The community energy revolution: further progress – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Community energy: planning now for the future – Vision Group for Sidmouth

And much smaller-scale – and ‘local’:

Energy transition: from Devon to Ungersheim – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Cornwall Local Energy Market: trials prove successful – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Orkney: a model for renewable energy – Vision Group for Sidmouth

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