Impact on Landscape and Tourism
In a ruling, issued today, the ASA upheld complaints by Scottish Renewables that the advert gave a misleading impression of the possible consequences of the Scottish Government's wind-turbines plan and the type of turbines likely to be used in Scotland, as well as exaggerating the Scottish government's estimate for offshore wind-farm developments.
As part of their lobbying against wind turbine farms in Scotland's mountains, MCofS's Chief Officer, David Gibson is attempting to mobilise travel and tourist businesses to voice their dissent against this 'industrialisation'.
A huge offshore wind farm planned for the Bristol Channel is likely to cause "significant" landscape effects for a very limited section of Gower, the company behind it said.
RWE npower renewables made the comment in its draft environmental statement for the Atlantic Array scheme.
It said the Connemara landscape is one of the principal assets of the tourism industry in Co Galway and the proposed development is located on a prominent site in east Connemara in a an area which is part of the Connemara Bog Complex Special Area of Conservation.
The site is also within an area with a high-value coastal tourism infrastructure and fisheries resource.
"As an Association we encourage green development but what is proposed for Montgomeryshire isn't green," he said. "It's the industrialisation of a rural area in the same way that South Wales was industrialised with steel works and coal mines.
An eyesore or thing of beauty? A detriment to tourism or a magnet for it?
That is the core of the debate raging between proponents and opponents of wind farms off the shores of Lake Michigan.
Muskegon's Jack Kennedy has seen a waterfront wind farm in action.
A former tourism official with the provincial government says P.E.I. is not doing enough to protect its scenic vistas.
Carol Horne, who now works for the Canadian Tourist Commission, said over the past two decades, only two areas of the island have been designated scenic zones - New London and Borden-Carleton.
The Phuket Provincial Energy Office plans to build windmills in the Nakkerd Hills near the ‘Big Buddha' image, a seminar on alternative energy was told on Thursday.
Phuket Energy Office chief Jirasuk Tummawetch made the announcement during the seminar, held at the Royal Paradise Hotel in Patong.
The Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown will host a major public meeting in Moray against plans to site a wind farm in the heart of the whisky trail. ...Tourists have flocked to Moray's famous whisky trail for decades, but owners of the distillery fear visitor numbers could dry up if the plans for nearly 60 turbines get the go ahead on the nearby Glenfiddich estate which is owned by London financier Christopher Morran.
Campaigners have called for the Government to safeguard North East beauty spots as The Journal reveals hundreds of wind turbines could blight the region. Our wind map reveals nearly 250 turbines could pepper the North East landscape in the next year if planning chiefs give them the go-ahead.
Information provided by the region's councils indicates an influx of turbines could begin to dominate the landscape within a few years.
The Town Board says wind turbines planned for neighboring Prattsburgh come too close to the Naples town line.
Board members agreed this month to send a letter asking the state Public Service Commission to intervene and order a developer to move the towers further from town line.
"I think the board has made clear, we're not against wind turbines, but we are against the improper siting of towers," Supervisor Frank Duserick said. ...By placing turbines less than 500 feet from the Naples property line, Duserick and Servo argue that the project is creating "reverse zoning" that effectively limits Naples landowners from full use of their property for safety reasons.
While Greek authorities are taking steps to harness the country's untapped potential in wind and solar energy, and to meet European Union targets on curbing the use of polluting fossil fuels, the residents of Aegean islands are opposing the drive, afraid that towering wind turbines will mar the natural beauty of their communities and offend the tourists on whom they rely.
Earlier this year, the council decided to seek a full judicial review against the Secretary of State's decision to grant planning permission for a 66-megawatt wind farm at Fullabrook Down.
The decision followed a Public Inquiry held between November 2006 and January 2007.
During the Inquiry, the council argued strongly that the impact the development would have on the local landscape, the lives of those living in the area, the attractiveness of the area to visitors and local tourism far outweighed any benefits.
It is challenging the Secretary of State's decision on landscape, noise and policy grounds.
On June 4, 2008, the Minister of Tourism confirmed the province's approval for the Wolfe Island Wind Project. Premier Dalton McGuinty asked the Minister to step in when the Environment Minister declared a conflict-of-interest on May 29, 2008.
Controversy over the Wolfe Island Wind Project centres on the location of a handful of the 86-wind turbines that Canadian Renewable Energy Corporation hopes to build on the island later this year.
Plans for two large windfarms in rural Denbighshire were yesterday snubbed by officials - despite Parliamentary orders to increase renewable energy production across the UK.
Among the reasons cited were fears the removal of trees might lead to flooding, noise pollution and a possible adverse effect on tourism.
Denbighshire councillors were advised by their own planners to give the green light to two windfarms totalling 29 turbines.
But the county snubbed both plans - and went firmly against their officers' advice.
The decision comes despite the same committee agreeing last year there should be windfarms on the exact same spot. ..."This sends a very clear message to the Assembly and to Westminster that local politicians want to determine local planning decisions made on local issues, and not be dictated to from elsewhere.
"However, residents are very aware this is unlikely to be the end of the matter."
Plans for two separate wind farms visible from Exmoor have come up against another hurdle.
Campaign group Open Spaces Society has launched objections to the projects, stating they would have a negative impact on the feel of the moor.
The two projects are the Three Moors scheme at Knowstone, North Devon, where the company Airtricity Developments hopes to erect nine turbines, and Bickham Moor, near Oakford, Mid Devon, where Coronation Power want to erect four.
Kate Ashbrook, Open Spaces Society's general secretary said: "We are dismayed that the wind-energy companies keep applying to erect turbines in this part of North Devon. There are already two outstanding applications nearby, at Batsworthy Cross and Cross Moor."
North Devon District Council wants a judicial review of plans for 22 turbines at Fullabrook Down.
If the case goes ahead, the High Court could overturn the plans by Devon Wind Power.
The plans were agreed by Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks, but the council says the impact on the area and local people outweigh any benefits. ...Council leader Mike Harrison said the authority had taken legal advice and it had a chance of winning its case.
He said: "These are massive turbines and it will have a huge impact on the landscape.
"It will affect people living nearby and the tourism industry."
A Pennsylvania company is asking the O'Malley administration for leases in two Western Maryland state forests so it can clear up to 400 mountaintop acres to build about 100 wind turbines.
The U.S. Wind Force structures would be about 40 stories tall and visible from some of the region's most popular tourist areas, including Deep Creek Lake and the Savage River Reservoir. ...Dan Boone, a former state wildlife biologist who has been fighting wind farms in Western Maryland, said the Savage River and Potomac state forests contain rare old-growth trees and threatened species.
"You are talking about taking one of the most spectacular scenic overlooks in Maryland and industrializing it," Boone said of a proposed site on Meadow Mountain in the Savage River forest. "It would be a real tragedy to take state lands and convert them into an industrial theme park for U.S. Wind Force."
THE tiny Greek island of Serifos, a popular tourist destination, depends on its postcard views of sandy beaches, Cycladic homes and sunsets that blend sea and sky into a clean wash of color. So when a mining and energy company floated a plan earlier this year to build 87 industrial wind turbines on more than a third of the island, the Serifos mayor, Angeliki Synodinou, called it her "worst nightmare."..."These are not just one or two turbines spinning majestically in the blue sky and billowing clouds," said Lisa Linowes, executive director of Industrial Wind Action Group, an international advocacy group based in New Hampshire that opposes wind farms.