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Has the wind been taken from the sails of Europe's renewable future?

The most common grounds for complaint in Germany is the protection of birds and bats, which can be endangered by wind turbines. Procedural mistakes, monument protection, noise pollution, health effects and the effects on the local landscape are other common reasons why wind farms are objected to in the EU's largest country. "It is worrying when you think how urgent the need to expand renewable energy is," says Canning. Yet there are many people around Europe who passionately disagree with him.
18 Oct 2019

Italy's “Lord of the Wind” gets 9 years for financing mafia

Before his downfall, Nicastri operated as many as 43 wind and solar energy companies and had 98 properties. At the time of his arrest and asset seizure, in 2013, the BBC quoted the head of the Palermo-based anti-mafia agency, Arturo de Felice, as saying "This [wind energy] is a sector in which money can easily be laundered."
3 Oct 2019

Wind power giant Vestas to cut 600 jobs in Denmark and Germany

A fall in prices and near collapse in the German market are among factors forcing Vestas to make the jobs cuts, according to Jacob Pedersen, a head analyst with Danish bank Sydbank who closely monitors the industry. “Prices are significantly lower than they were just two years ago. That’s why there’s a need to be very careful about costs,” Pedersen said.
27 Sep 2019

Wind power giant Vestas to cut 600 jobs in Denmark and Germany

A fall in prices and near collapse in the German market are among factors forcing Vestas to make the jobs cuts, according to Jacob Pedersen, a head analyst with Danish bank Sydbank who closely monitors the industry. “Prices are significantly lower than they were just two years ago. That’s why there’s a need to be very careful about costs,” Pedersen said.
27 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

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

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

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

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