Skip to content

Renewable energy

Wind Turbines
Wind Turbines - Fureya Nelson-Riggott

Our goal is to avoid the damage to the countryside by encouraging a reduction in overall consumption and being more efficient with what we use. Energy companies should be encouraged to deliver energy reduction and efficiency, not simply lower prices. Energy users should be equipped with smart meters and smart grids to see how much energy they use, and selling any excess electricity back to the grid. We want to see checks on fossil fuel production, and renewable or low-carbon energy sources so that communities can produce their own electricity and heat.

CPRE’s report, ‘Generating light on Landscape Impacts’ is a helpful overview of the way that wind turbines can be constructed whilst minimising harm to the environment.  In this report CPRE argues that a locally accountable, strategically planned approach which takes account of landscape capacity and steers wind development to the right places, will enable us to promote renewable energy, including some onshore wind, while protecting cherished countryside. The report builds a case for such an approach by examining how onshore wind proposals are currently being treated in the planning system. It uses local examples provided by our branch network and Planning Inspectorate appeal decisions.

Download below:

Generating Light on Landscape Impacts


Harvesting the sun: Increasing rooftop solar in the North West sets out the urgent need to meet agreed greenhouse gas targets, shows progress to date against climate action strategies, the amount of installed solar by constituency across the North West area and it considers the experiences of different organisations.  Based on the findings, it recommends how the next government can quickly progress action on solar energy by optimising wasted space, to avoid ‘needless’ loss of green fields.

Download Below:

COVER NOTE CPRE NW Harvesting the sun from rooftop solar 2024 June

CPRE NW Harvesting the sun from rooftop solar report 2024 June