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Those behind the Mountmellick Wind Turbine Impact Group, as well as individuals living in the Dernacart, Upper Forest, Lower Forest and Mountmellick areas, took the unusual step of appealing to the landowners to ‘reconsider your decision to provide access to land for the erection of industrial wind turbines in our community’.
The China Three Gorges group has reduced its stake in the shareholder structure of the EDP – Energias de Portugal group to 21.47% with the sale of a block of shares of 1.8%, according to a market statement.
In a statement to SANA reporter in Quneitra, the people of the Golan stressed that the establishment of wind turbines is a series of Israeli settlement plans to loot lands from their owners and displace them. They expressed their readiness to confront the plan and its executive tools on the ground.
Collisions with the propellers of windmills at a planned offshore wind power plant could further reduce populations of rare birds on islands here, the Wild Bird Society of Japan warns. The society in November submitted a set of recommendations to the Kita-Kyushu city government, calling for a review of the project planned by wind farm operator Glocal Corp.
An investigation is underway to find the root cause of the blaze, which occurred at Phong Dien 1 wind farm in the south-central province of Binh Thuan. The farm is owned by Vietnam Renewable Energy JSC (REVN), which has been forced to halt all other turbines at the project to serve the investigation.
Witnesses say black smoke billowed out of one of the turbines Sunday and there were explosive sounds before the blade fell to the ground. Due to the turbine's height, the fire could not be put down by the wind farm’s staff and local fire protection force.
Investors in the Jhimpir Wind Corridor are alarmed as their projects have now suffered an unprecedented shutdown of six consecutive days since the federal government halted all offtake from their wind farms. “We had been seeing depressed offtake for almost two months now,” a leading investor in the project who did not wish to be identified by name tells Dawn. He says they saw between zero and 10MW evacuated on certain days over the last few months.
Beijing’s U-turn on renewables is triggering alarm ahead of UN meeting The smoggy city of Baoding is known for two things: donkey burgers, and solar panels. An industrial centre just south of Beijing — 45 minutes via high-speed rail — the city’s high-tech zone styles itself as “Power Valley” because it is home to so many solar manufacturers.
Some officials said most renewable power-purchase agreements (PPAs) do not have a clause of international arbitration. “So these countries will need to find the regulations wherein they can hold the government responsible,” said an official.
SRI LANKA Colombo: A fire has broken out at a private wind power plant in Daluwa, Puttalam last evening.
Landowners who signed lease agreements with Energix, the company behind the project, say they weren’t made aware of the potential implications of having a turbine on their plot. They say they were tempted by hefty sums into signing what they describe as draconian leases that, coupled with a boycott on the company imposed by influential religious leaders, has prompted many to want to withdraw.
The Defense Ministry delayed the project for many years on the grounds that the turbines would disrupt the radar facilities the army operates on the Golan. The ministry finally gave approval more than three years ago, but conditional on a technical solution being found.
Activist Dr Nasser Munther said that the company which is carrying out the project convinced 31 farmers to rent their land to it by telling them it is an environmentally friendly project. However, Munther said, senior researchers from the Institute of Applied Sciences found that the project is harmful to the environment, to the residents and to the future of farming and tourism.
The Israeli occupation authorities’ plan, poses a great danger on the locals of the occupied Syrian Golan because of its negative effects on their health, particularly the locals’ houses located near the wind turbines , and it will reduce the planted areas to be another pretext for confiscating more farmlands by the occupation forces
Increasing purchasing fees have translated into a greater burden for consumers, so the ministry will introduce a competitive bidding system as soon as 2020 in an effort to keep costs down.
According to data compiled by the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association, the country has the ability to produce equipment for adding 10,000 MW of wind power generation capacity every year. Comparably, 1,700 MW of wind power generation capacity was added in 2017-2018 and just 1,520 MW of capacity was added in 2018-2019.
In a bid to save the Great Indian Bustard (GIB), currently on the brink of extinction, Indian government’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has asked wind power developers to identify the bird’s critical habitats in Rajasthan and Gujarat and take risk mitigation measures against bird hits, one of the causes of the reducing population of the bird.
The lease of an offshore wind power project can be cancelled if it is found to be “causing environmental damage to both flora and fauna beneath the sea and posing threat to human life and property while carrying out the activities under water and operation of the wind energy turbines during validity of the lease.” The draft rules also contemplate powers to the Centre to order closure of a wind farm pending an inquiry within a reasonable period if it finds “operation of the wind turbines is causing damage to environment or damage to property or pollution.”
Li said: "The challenge could be the potential curtailment due to limited transmission space and a saturated Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei power market. "If curtailment can’t be solved, the profitability of the projects will be a concern."
The feed-in-tariff needs to reflect the extraordinarily high costs faced by Greater Changhua 1 and 2a, mainly related to creating a local supply chain at scale, reinforcing the onshore grid infrastructure and building, operating and maintaining offshore wind farms in challenging waters where typhoons and earthquakes occur.