Power stations and the Environment
The main adverse impacts associated with the development relate to the visual impact of the facility within the landscape, loss of terrestrial habitat and disturbance to some species (e.g. badgers) and noise levels during construction. Many of the adverse impacts identified in the EIA process are of a localised, temporary nature and associated with the construction phase (3 years). The main adverse construction impact relates to the direct loss of habitat and agricultural land associated with the installation of the LNG tanks. However, the nature of the habitats involved and proposed mitigation measures (landscaping of bunds) suggest that the overall impact is acceptable.
Assessment of the potential impacts of the proposed development on the internationally designated ecological interests of the Milford Haven Waterway (part of the Pembrokeshire Marine cSAC) has been an important consideration in the EIA process. Although modifications of the jetty will cause some disruption and disturbance to the marine environment, notably through increased suspended sediment and noise levels these are not considered to be significant given their temporary nature and the ecological interests present in the immediate area of the works. There will be a small loss (approximately 15m2) of seabed habitat due to the emplacement of piles for the jetty, but this is considered negligible within the context of the ecological interests of the SAC.
The construction work and installation of the facility would also generate the opportunity to re-route the Coastal Path which currently runs along the coast near Devon. This is seen as a major beneficial impact and would create opportunities not only to mitigate for the loss of the existing route but also to increase the usage and appreciation of this section of the coastline by local people and tourists. The construction workers that are working there are required to take an eviromental test in order to be able to fill in the vacancies that are required.
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Generating and using heat locally – Solar thermal for your home
For private homes, generating heat through solar energy is the most sensible solution from a self-sufficiency point of view. Energy for hot water and heating is generated locally from your roof, without transport costs. The system is dimensioned according to your hot water requirements and is determined mainly by the number of collectors on the roof and the size of the storage cylinder