Electricity powers debate, well, renewables do…

There are a lot of phrases that crop up, and stick around for a while before being consigned to the recycling bin for worn out cliches. Remember “quantum leap”? I haven’t heard that in ages: it’s been replaced by “step change”, or maybe “paradigm shift”.

Anyway, one phrase I never expected to hear was this one: “windfarm nimbyism“. It’s an amusing phrase, conjuring up, of course, a picture of a backyard with a gigantic windmill planted in it, while an angry red-faced old man with rolled up shirt sleeves and a combover shakes his fist at it and shouts obscenities in its direction. Thereby, probably, just making the blades spin all the faster.

But I’m not sure ‘nimbyism’ is quite the right word – wind farms are generally (for obvious reasons) far away from built up areas and therefore it’s stretching the metaphor a bit too much to call their loci ‘yards’?

The Scottish electric experience is looking renewables shaped and while it’s great that the Guardian sets both sides of the argument, I can’t help but see what I see – very little in the way of any kind of nimbyism regarding wind farms.

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