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Dodging wind farms and bullets in the Arctic

Keskitalo said the proposed Kalvvatnan wind farm and associated power lines in Nordland County will severely impact the summer grazing lands of a core group of reindeer herders who still speak South Sami, one of five Uralic languages traditionally spoken by the Sami that are listed by UNESCO as endangered. The wind farm is still under judicial review. 
1 Mar 2016

High Court overturns permission for Cork wind farm

Mr Justice Bernard Barton ruled the permission must be quashed after finding that the process under which An Bord Pleanála had decided relevant issues concerning compliance with two European Directives - the Habitats Directive and the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive - did not comply with Irish law.
25 Feb 2016

Vattenfall withdraws wind project application

160218_vattenfall_-_pins_mlyg_nsip_deregistration_thumb In a letter to the Planning Inspectorate, Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd reuqested that the Mynydd Lluest y Graig (MLyG) wind farm near Llanerfyl be withdrawn from the planning process. Vattenfall cites changes in the planning process as the reason for the withdrawal. 
18 Feb 2016

Planning permission for €240m wind farm in Co Meath rejected

In its decision, the board said it considered that a wind farm of the scale, extent and height proposed would visually dominate this populated rural area, would seriously injure the amenities of property in the vicinity, would interfere with the character of the landscape and would not be in accordance with the overall development objectives of the Meath County Development Plan.
5 Feb 2016

Government and green energy in court showdown over solar subsidies

The Government will clash with green energy companies at the Court of Appeal tomorrow about claims it acted unlawfully over the sudden ending of solar subsidies in 2014. ...A DECC spokesperson said: “We continue to support the low-carbon sector but this needs to be driven by competition and innovation, not subsidies.”
31 Jan 2016

Plans for massive County Durham wind farm are dropped

Fears for the future of renewable energy in the North East have been expressed after the withdrawal of plans for a massive wind farm. E.ON has withdrawn its proposals for the Isles Wind Farm near Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, citing changes to Government energy policy as one of the reasons for making the scheme “no longer technicall or economically viable”.
21 Jan 2016

Churchover wind farm rejected once again

Another application for a wind farm in a village near Rugby has been rejected at appeal. Energy firm RES (Renewable Energy Systems) failed to overturn Rugby Borough Council’s refusal of its initial planning application in 2013 to build Swift Wind Farm in Churchover.
20 Jan 2016

Fears over more Powys turbines

Fears that ‘the black cloud’ of wind turbines may again be descending over Powys continue to mount. And campaigners are concerned that any potential decision to overturn previous refusals for such developments may open the door for others to get the green light.
15 Jan 2016
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