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24Feb94 UK: JACKERS JOURNAL - WIND ENERGY.

Wind energy has had a bad time of it recently. Icy blasts over the past couple of months proved too much for several wind turbines, while a former purveyor of the hot air of others, Sir Bernard Ingham, has been leading protests against plans to build a windfarm on the wuthering heights above the Bronte parsonage at Haworth in Yorkshire.There is a breath of suspicion that the future for wind energy may not be quite such a breeze as its advocates have been predicting.In London, though, prospects for windmills have never been gustier. Word reaches me that no fewer than 193 separate schemes are in the planning stage for sites across the capital, including 34 in the city of Westminster alone.Whether the plans actually result in windmills is, of course, another matter entirely. They are part of a competition organised in London schools by Neighbourhood Engineers, the Engineering Council's scheme to link engineers with local schools. And the aim is to come up with a satisfactory design, rather than a real working windmill. CONSTRUCTION NEWS