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Wind turbines - history, location and status

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Dear London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (London Fire Brigade),

Please can you advise how many of your premises (fire stations and other premises) have been fitted with wind generators (small wind turbines to generate electricity) and what their current status is i.e. are they still generating electricity, are they inoperative due to failure, have they been switched off, or have they been removed, or 'other'.

A numerical summary of the total in each category would be a sufficient response at this stage, but if details are available (perhaps as a spreadsheet) of all wind turbines and their current status, that would be ideal.

Yours faithfully,
Michael Hart

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (London Fire Brigade)

Dear Michael,

Thank you for your request.

This will be considered under the freedom of information act (2000) (FOIA).

As such we will respond within 20 working days.

Kind regards,

James Sivell

Information Access Manager
London Fire Brigade
169 Union Street, London SE1 0LL

T: 020 8555 1200x30415
E: [email address]

london-fire.gov.uk

Data Protection Act 1998
Your personal information will be processed by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority for the purpose of fire service administration. We will keep your details secure and will not disclose them to other organisations or third parties (except contractors or suppliers working on our behalf) without your permission unless we are legally required to do so. For more information about how we use your personal information, see our notification entry (Z7122455) at: www.ico.org.uk

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London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (London Fire Brigade)

Dear Michael,

Thank you for your request, dated 22 July regarding information on wind generators located on London Fire Brigade (LFB) premises.

In response, I would like to direct you to the most recent, readily available information on the London datastore: https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/low-c.... This provides details of all low carbon energy generators located at fire stations in London operated by the LFB. We are currently in the process of updating this data which will be available on the datatstore over the next few weeks.

I hope you find the information provided useful. If you have any further questions please let me know.

Your request has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). If you are dissatisfied by this response you can request an internal review by writing to the Head of Information Management and Performance at the address below (or email [email address]).

Further information about your information rights (including how to raise a concern or make a complaint) is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office on their website at www.ico.org.uk or by writing to them at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Kind Regards,

James Sivell

Information Access Manager
London Fire Brigade
169 Union Street, London SE1 0LL

T: 020 8555 1200x30415
E: [email address]

london-fire.gov.uk

Data Protection Act 1998
Your personal information will be processed by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority for the purpose of fire service administration. We will keep your details secure and will not disclose them to other organisations or third parties (except contractors or suppliers working on our behalf) without your permission unless we are legally required to do so. For more information about how we use your personal information, see our notification entry (Z7122455) at: www.ico.org.uk

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Dear London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (London Fire Brigade),

Thank you for your prompt response! Please treat this message as a clarification of my enquiry.

In one respect (detailing the installed equipment) your reply is excellent and is the best I could have hoped for. Sadly, your response does not address my enquiry concerning the STATUS of the installed equipment, neither current nor historical.

For example, I typically pass the Fire Station in Shepiston Lane, Hayes many times a week, but never see the wind turbine turning, even when there is a moderate wind speed. This leads me to believe that not all the installed equipment is operational, and is it that particular status information (both current status and a summary of historical performance) that I am still seeking.

Specifically...
1. Of the installations listed in your reply, which of them are currently fully operational?
2. Of those that are non-operational, how many have been non-operational for an extended period of time? (e.g. longer than 7 days, or a fortnight, or 30 days or whichever classification period best matches your reporting.)
3. Historically, what has been the performance of each installation listed?
For example, what has been their availability as a percentage of time (e.g. 95% availability) or what has been each installation's total down-time (tallied from a fault being reported to the fault being fixed). Alternatively, what has been to the total power generated on each site since installation (measured, not simply calculated assuming equipment is fault-free, of course.) I'm looking to compare each installation's long-term 'real world' performance against it's corresponding theoretical ideal, so please us this as your guide.

At this stage I have no need of raw data such as maintenance logs/support calls records/logging data/feed-in tariff data etc. and I am not asking for such information except in summary form as requested above.

I'm pleased to note that you are "currently in the process of updating this data which will be available on the datatstore [sic] over the next few weeks. " Will this simply be adding recent installs to the list (thank you!), or will it also include status information? If the latter, such information may only be current status but it's source may point to where historical performance could be obtained.

Thank you for all your help!
Michael Hart

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (London Fire Brigade)

Hi Michael,

Thank you for the follow up questions.

I will look into the additional points you have raised and respond in due course.

Please note, I have logged this e-mail as a new request in order it is dealt with appropriately around existing deadlines.

Should you have any questions in the meantime, do just let me know.

Kind Regards,

James

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London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (London Fire Brigade)

Hi Michael,

Further to my previous correspondence I am currently awaiting confirmation as to if this information is held centrally and in what format.

If the information is held centrally then we should be able to supply what you have asked for. If not, then there is a chance that we may need to conduct a manual trawl trough our records which would likely result in the fee's limit under the FOIA being exceeded (18.5 hours).

Once I receive confirmation of this I will update you accordingly.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please do let me know.

Kind Regards,

James Sivell

Information Access Manager
London Fire Brigade
169 Union Street, London SE1 0LL

T: 020 8555 1200x30415
E: [email address]

london-fire.gov.uk

Data Protection Act 1998
Your personal information will be processed by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority for the purpose of fire service administration. We will keep your details secure and will not disclose them to other organisations or third parties (except contractors or suppliers working on our behalf) without your permission unless we are legally required to do so. For more information about how we use your personal information, see our notification entry (Z7122455) at: www.ico.org.uk

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (London Fire Brigade)

Dear Michael,

Further to my email dated 4 September, it has now been confirmed that of those listed within our original disclosure, Wennington is operational. Hayes is broken and we cannot find a maintenance company at this time. The original company Centrica, who provided the unit no longer support this turbine and it was uneconomical for the Brigade to try and get it repaired due to technical issues. Additionally, Merton was initially generating when we first became aware of the existence of wind turbines but again due to maintenance support issues, these units are none operational (last five years have not generated).

Historically, the performance of Wennington from January 2017 to present is 28548 kW hours meter read.

Any immediate update to the publically available data is likely to only include recent installations. However I will enquire as to making status information available in the future.

I hope you find these additional details of use and I again apologise for the delay in responding. I hope this has not caused you any inconvenience.

If you have any further questions please do let me know.

Your request has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). If you are dissatisfied by this response you can request an internal review by writing to the Head of Information Management and Performance at the address below (or email [email address]).

Further information about your information rights (including how to raise a concern or make a complaint) is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office on their website at www.ico.org.uk or by writing to them at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Kind Regards,

James

Information Access Manager
London Fire Brigade
169 Union Street, London SE1 0LL

T: 020 8555 1200x30415
E: [email address]

london-fire.gov.uk

Data Protection Act 1998
Your personal information will be processed by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority for the purpose of fire service administration. We will keep your details secure and will not disclose them to other organisations or third parties (except contractors or suppliers working on our behalf) without your permission unless we are legally required to do so. For more information about how we use your personal information, see our notification entry (Z7122455) at: www.ico.org.uk

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