Renewable energy took a step backwards recently when plans for a gigantic wind farm off the north Devon coast was shelved.

Renewable wind technology and output is one of the fastest growing renewable energies and has been used for many centuries to harness power for communities.

The need to harness renewable energy has become much more important over the past few years with the growing need to find alternative forms of clean energy to reduce greenhouse gases and to also manage our own energy sources and control homegrown energy supplies.

The scheme to build the wind farm in north Devon had not yet received the go ahead, but it attracted the attention of environmentalists worried about the impact on the local marine wildlife in the Bristol Channel.

REW Innogy, the developer behind the planned farm commented "it is not the right time" for the project. They expanded on this to add, "given the technological challenges and market conditions, now was not the right time".

It is obvious much more thought must be given to how we work with communities as these sorts of technological advances are made. Is enough information being shared? Are we consulting effectively with stakeholders in the right way and is our timing indeed incorrect.

This is definitely a debate that will continue, and one we all have stake in monitoring.