Stuff from the Post

A couple of items from the Daily Post which might be of interest. Or not.

Wind farm ready for harvest
Jun 7 2007
by Liam Murphy, Liverpool Daily Post

IT IS just a month until the wind farm currently under construction off the coast of Wirral is switched on, generating enough power for a small town.

The Burbo site, four miles from the Wirral and Crosby coastlines, has been the focal point for some controversy, but the chief executive of the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) insisted it is the best way forward for the UK to develop a sustainable source of power.

The wind farm consists of 25 turbines which when fully installed over the next few weeks will stand 137 metres above sea level at the tip of the blades.

A boat trip out to Liverpool Bay near the wind farm was organised ahead of a conference being held in Liverpool today which brings together experts from across the world to examine key issues facing the offshore wind industry.

They were given the chance to take a closer look at the massive turbines which each consist of a 65-metre tower weighing 180 tonnes, positioned onto a single foundation pile driven into the seabed last summer.

The £107m Burbo Bank project will, when completed, generate 90MW – enough power for round 80,000 households.

A Wallasey substation will process electricity and when testing of the turbines is completed, probably by September, the power will be put into the National Grid.

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Another local music festival – like the look of this one:

First green festival of music gets city launch
Jun 7 2007
by Alan Weston, Liverpool Daily Post

LIVERPOOL’S first ever “green” music festival will take place at the city’s cricket ground in Aigburth in August.

And last night cult Liverpool band Shack launched the event with a perfor- mance in the court- yard of a city centre bar.

They are just one of the acts that will be appearing at the eco-friendly Livefest on August 11.

Organisers say the one-day event is aim- ed at all the family. Along with Shack, other acts confirmed so far include Alabama 3, best known for the theme tune to the hit TV show The Sopranos.

Festival director Tony Rothwell said: “Not only have we managed to secure acts from around the world but some of Liverpool’s best talent will also be on offer.”

For festival details, visit www.livefest.co.uk or www.myspace.com/livefest

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