Situations

Situation 1: In the pub

George Cox and Sarah Miles own land in Cornwall in the southwest of England. A wind farm development company is applying for planning permission to install wind turbines in the area where they live.

George is against the proposal because he does not see any benefits for him. Sarah, on the other hand, is more open to possibilities.

They meet in the pub to talk over the issue. Sarah manages to get George to have a more open mind about the advantages of the wind farm for him and
the community.

They agree to go to a public meeting.

Situation 1: In the pub

Situation 2: At the council meeting

Sarah and George attend a local meeting organised to discuss the wind farm installation with the local community.

Joan Taylor from the Parish Council chairs the meeting. Mary Smith from the County Planning Office and Gordon Wells from Natural Energy Ltd. are also there to answer questions and to explain the implications of the wind farm.

George, the local landowner, is worried about noise and asks a lot of questions. Mary Smith and Gordon Wells attempt to answer. Gordon uses a technical explanation which is not entirely clear to George. He then alters his explanation and attempts to assure George about the noise situation.

Situation 2: At the council meeting

Situation 3: Avoiding the noise problem

Three engineers meet at the offices of an engineering firm, Windfarming Ltd., to look at a video and discuss noise problems.

Graham Ward, Managing Director, and Simon Crawford, Chief Engineer, represent Windfarming Ltd. They are talking to Mark White, a consultant engineer, about the most recent wind turbines and look at a short video extract.

They get onto the problem of noise, and Graham reassures Mark that their latest developments have resulted in improvements in noise control.

Situation 3: Avoiding the noise problem

Situation 4: Decisions about the site

John Jones, a government inspector, is talking to Mary Smith from the County Council.

Mary Smith explains the council’s opinion saying that the wind turbines will produce excessive noise. Their position is to withhold planning permission.

The government inspector reviews the options open to him and gives the results of tests from other sites. He awards planning permission with the condition that the developers meet noise control standards.

Situation 4: Decisions about the site

Situation 5: At two wind farm sites

Windfarming Ltd. have begun the construction work for the first wind turbine. Tim Saunders, a civil engineer, talks to George Cox, the landowner. George is complaining that a digger has damaged one of his drainage channels.
Tim questions George about the details and agrees to investigate.

George then asks if his nephew, Sam Cox, an aspiring engineer, can visit an operational wind farm site.

The scene shifts to the control room of a working wind farm. Jeremy Adams, an electrical engineer, explains the operation to Sam Cox. Sam asks many questions about the things he does not understand.

Situation 5: At two wind farm sites

Situation 6: Parts needed urgently

We are in the head office of Windfarming Ltd. in London. Simon Crawford, Chief Engineer, and Jim White, Project Management Engineer, are discussing some problems.

The first problem concerns spare parts at the blade factory. They try to find out who is responsible for the delays in delivery.

The second problem is lack of spare parts at the assembly plant. They establish that the problem is one of setting priorities.

They agree on an action plan to deal with these points.

Situation 6: Parts needed urgently

Situation 7: Testing the new machine

At the wind farm site we start with two engineers testing the turbine. Richard Dougal, a control engineer, is in the control hut and reads the test results on his computer.

Lucy Williams, an electrical engineer, is at the base of the tower making adjustments to the settings with a hand-held computer. She and Richard are talking on radios.

Roger Stone, the design engineer, phones from head office to find out how the tests are going. He suggests that a mechanical engineer, Trevor Jenkins, climbs up the tower to make more adjustments for further tests.

The three engineers at the wind farm site carry on with the tests.

Situation 7: Testing the new machine

Situation 8: Handing over

Windfarming Ltd. are commissioning the wind farm site to hand over to the new owners, Natural Energy Ltd.

Simon Crawford, Chief Engineer, talks to Mike Powers, Director of Operations and Maintenance, about the tests. Simon asks Mike why there are delays in handover.

Mike explains that the owners are concerned about small matters. They discuss ways to hurry up the process.

They finish by agreeing to offer a contract to a local lad, Sam Cox, for an operations and maintenance job at the site.

Situation 8: Handing over