HEAT AND ENERGY 

Everyone is well aware of the possibility that non-renewable energy sources are going to run out eventually, this means that the search is on for cheap renewable energy sources. Farmers and landowners may be able to help provide some of the alternatives, by producing crops that can be used for fuel or by providing land that is suitable for developing energy sites on. Landowning Initiatives would be pleased to offer assistance in suggesting suitable schemes and helping to get them up and running.

Coppicing for Biomass for Production

There is increasing pressure being put on traditional fuels as the demands placed upon it increase. The search for renewable energy sources has been going on for a quite a while and a good source of energy that is being developed is biomass production. It is possible to produce a reasonable amount of energy from coppicing, which can be grown in many areas.

Heating

Many livestock farms have a good deal of manure to dispose of and this can be of great concern especially in the winter. There may be a good deal of potential for the production of energy by using the heat produced from muck heaps to heat water and even heat barns or parlours. This sort of scheme would help reduce costs and is environmentally friendly and could be developed to help others in the local area.

Miscanthus

Miscanthus is a perennial rye grass that is able to out-yield many other crops. Miscanthus might be an interesting alternative to traditional crops and has a number of uses. The crop is environmentally sound and sustainable generally, requiring little or no pesticide or fertiliser after establishment.

Oilseed Rape

Oilseed Rape has become a more popular crop over the last few years and rape that is for non-food use can be grown with subsidy payments on set-aside ground. Oilseed rape has a number of industrial uses and has recently been become a better option for Bio-diesel. There are also several other options for rape production such as straw and oil for detergents.

Wind Farming

There are a number of wind farms now in place in the more exposed areas of the country and it is felt that there may be potential for further development in this area. The sites can vary in size form small units that can supply electricity to the farmstead therefore reducing overheads. There are also prospects in developing larger sites that supply electricity to the national grid or local area.