Articles from Europe

Energy: Campaigners 'would fight' more turbines off Wales coast

"We'll be absolutely there on the front line to attack it, because we believe what we've got now is more than we should have to bear... We've got the Snowdonia National Park and looking out from that you'll see this forest of metal turbines. It's just diabolical," he said. "Scenery is all part of what we sell as a tourist destination and tourism is our only industry. To put those there is industrialising the seascape.
26 Sep 2019

Hunterston turbine demolition

The original intention was to dismantle the components of the Siemens turbine by crane. However, a suitable method of safely dismantling the turbine by this method could not be established and as a result, a controlled explosion was been identified as only feasible method for decommissioning the Siemens machine.
26 Sep 2019

Norway's public backlash against onshore wind threatens sector growth

Oil-rich Norway has seen a boom in onshore wind power fueled by foreign investment, but future growth is at risk after a public backlash sparked a moratorium on new projects and prompted wider calls for a regulatory overhaul. Industry regulator the NVE called a halt to new wind power project approvals in April after a raft of protests to give the government time to work on a framework for new developments.
25 Sep 2019

Germany climate package 'lacking in courage and power'

Onshore wind continues to be held back by the insistence of chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party on fixing the minimum distance between wind turbines and residential housing at 1,000 metres. This move will "massively cut back the area available for wind energy", said the BEE. "It will throw regional and federal state planning [for wind energy] into chaos and endanger the whole wind sector," said Hermann Albers, president of BWE, the federal wind energy association.
20 Sep 2019

Villagers' fury at plans for 'horrifying' solar farm the size of 900 football pitches

Villagers have expressed their anger at proposals for a 2,600 acre solar farm they say could transform the region into an “industrial estate”. An area the size of 900 football pitches on the Suffolk-Cambridgeshire border has been earmarked for a new solar farm, which will affect villages around Newmarket, Soham and Mildenhall, including Freckenham and Badlingham.
20 Sep 2019

Viking Energy bid for vital government support unsuccessful

The proposed Viking Energy wind farm has suffered a huge blow after it failed to win government subsidy. The future of the 103-turbine, 457MW project has been left in doubt following the news announced this morning (20 September). It needs the subsidy to go ahead, meaning that the project – which has consent from Scottish ministers – has been shrouded in more uncertainty.
20 Sep 2019

Resistance to wind power on land is increasing

Last year, one in ten Norwegians were quite or very negative about onshore wind development. This year, every fourth Norwegian answers the same (external link). In this new survey from UiB over 30 percent of Norwegians view wind power development on land as negative and this opposition appears to be increasing sharply.
17 Sep 2019

Norway’s controversial wind turbine plans and mining put nature and Sami Group at threat

The growth of onshore wind energy stays controversial, with many individuals fearing it may hurt both nature and wildlife. The plans of the federal government are additionally questioned with the argument that it’s not needed for Norway to develop wind energy in any respect, contemplating the nation’s surplus of climate-friendly hydropower.
6 Sep 2019

Radar-cameras deployed to study seabirds at offshore wind farm

Data collected will include three-dimensional radar tracks as well as video footage of birds moving through the development. It will allow identification of specific species, showing flight height as well as individual and group behaviour. The findings will reveal whether and how often birds might be colliding with the giant structures or if they are being displaced from important feeding grounds.
6 Sep 2019

Local communities unite against proposed giant wind turbines planned for Dromahair area

Should the development be given the go-ahead residents would be left in a situation where they have windmills surrounding them on three sides in a horseshoe shape resulting in “intolerable noise.” As well as the noise, which is already an issue from the existing turbines when the wind blows from the east, there are also concerns in relation to infra sound and low frequency noise; the visual impact; shadow flicker and the devaluation to properties, in some cases making them unsellable.
4 Sep 2019

German wind energy stalls amid public resistance and regulatory hurdles

"The situation in the wind power sector is a catastrophe. We are facing the slowest buildup of capacity in the past 20 years, while the government at the same time is claiming to fully support and implement the Paris climate goals," says Reiner Priggen, a former MP of the Greens and now a chief wind power lobbyist for Germany's Renewable Energies Association. ...Brussels-based trade group WindEurope Chief Executive Giles Dickson said: "The main problem is permissions. It's got much slower, more complex, and there aren't enough civil servant to process the applications."
4 Sep 2019

Researchers saw electricity support - customers are blown to SEK 100 billion ($10 Billion)

In addition to being inefficient and hitting hard on electricity consumers, it cannot be ruled out that the electricity certificate system has contributed to knocking out other fossil-free electricity generation, namely a number of nuclear power reactors, which damages the electricity supply. This subsidy is only a free lunch for some shareholders and should be abolished, says chief economist Jacob Lundberg to DI.
28 Aug 2019

The green energy debate: are wind farms really worth it?

A partnership between Scottish and Southern Energy and the council-owned Viking Energy Shetland, signed in 2005, the windfarm is to largely be built on peatlands, raising fears over carbon release. ...While peatlands cover only 3% of the world's land area they contain nearly 30% of all carbon stored on land. Campaigners and experts warn that damage to the peatlands could be irreversible with degraded peat losing the ability to absorb carbon and potentially releasing thousands of tonnes back into the atmosphere.
25 Aug 2019

Green energy: why wind power will never be the answer

The focus shifted to offshore wind farms, and the new Contracts for Difference scheme for their subsidy. A kind of reverse auction, it encouraged operators to put in unfeasibly low bids for the prices at which offshore wind farms would generate. While many have heralded the apparently huge drop in offshore costs, no wind farms have actually begun operating at this rate. Industry experts doubt they ever will, suspecting the low offers were a ruse to lock out competition and then blackmail the government on pain of bankruptcy if the price is not raised. The days where developers saw a prospective wind farm as a licence to print money while policymakers extolled wind energy as clean, green and free are long gone.
25 Aug 2019

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