Articles from Europe

Facebook backs new Tipperary wind farm for its energy needs

Facebook will help develop a new wind farm in Co Tipperary to power its expanding data centre campus in Clonee, Co Meath, and its European headquarters in Dublin. ...Other tech giants based here are sponsoring their own wind farms to generate electricity for the national grid that can be offset against their own consumption, particularly by data centres. Amazon already has partnered with a Donegal wind farm and plans to do the same at a second farm under development in Cork.
8 Aug 2020

Wind farms built on carbon-rich peat bogs lose their ability to fight climate change

But what of wind turbines built on top of sensitive, natural environments – does low-carbon energy still help reduce emissions if it involves disturbing the kinds of habitats that are effective at trapping carbon and keeping it out of the atmosphere? This is an important question, but it is one that is too rarely being asked. In our recent study, we found that wind farms in Spain are being built on rare peat bogs that store vast quantities of planet-warming carbon. Because these habitats are so poorly mapped, there’s a good chance that this mistake is being replicated in many other places throughout Europe, including the UK.
5 Aug 2020

Wind farms built on carbon-rich peat bogs lose their ability to fight climate change

But what of wind turbines built on top of sensitive, natural environments – does low-carbon energy still help reduce emissions if it involves disturbing the kinds of habitats that are effective at trapping carbon and keeping it out of the atmosphere? This is an important question, but it is one that is too rarely being asked. In our recent study, we found that wind farms in Spain are being built on rare peat bogs that store vast quantities of planet-warming carbon. Because these habitats are so poorly mapped, there’s a good chance that this mistake is being replicated in many other places throughout Europe, including the UK.
5 Aug 2020

Green light for Cleve Hill solar giant

Objectors’ concerns have centred on the impact of the project on local habitats and wildlife and on the size of Cleve Hill’s battery installation. There are fears that a fire could lead to "thermal runaway", causing a plume of toxic hydrogen fluoride gas to drift over the local urban areas in Faversham and Whitsable.
31 Jul 2020

Objector to wind-farm development brings legal challenge

The board has yet to decide whether or not to grant permission and the case is over its decision to categorise it as a strategic infrastructural development. The challenge is by Paddy Massey, chairman of a local residents group that opposes the proposed development involving a total of 17 turbines on the two sites.
25 Jul 2020

No windfarm here

Furious residents in East Kerry say they are prepared to fight until the bitter end to oppose plans for a windfarm close to their homes after it emerged that plans are underway for another windfarm in the county. Land-owners in the region have been approached for land to develop a potential windfarm and The Kerryman understands that a number of contracts have already been signed setting plans in motion. However, no planning permission has yet been sought.
15 Jul 2020

Split at country charity over its support for energy farms

“Wind turbines have been very disruptive to the landscape where they've been allowed. They do not in any way match the character of the British landscape,” said Mark Sullivan, the Chairman of CPRE West Midlands, who has written to 25 MPs with local constituencies. He added that solar farms are an “insidious” presence. ...Mr Sullivan argues that the national CPRE does not reflect its membership’s view on the subject, and says if wind and solar farms return to the countryside “the long and costly fights against them will resume.”
13 Jul 2020

The Rape of Aphrodite

No one is opposed to the principle of Kythera being energy autonomous. The issue is whether to turn a pristine island into an industrial wind farm. The current proposals would permit at least 100 skyscraper- sized wind-generators to be built, which would be visible from every corner of the island. Four production licenses have already been granted for 60 wind turbines (which would produce a total of 150 MW of power), and another 60 towers are in the pipeline.
12 Jul 2020

Millions generated for energy firms when Highland turbines stop spinning

“Already, on windy days or days when the country’s demand is low, the electricity grid cannot cope with production from the wind farms already operating in Caithness and Sutherland. “This has led to eye-watering sums being paid to wind farm operators to turn off turbines – money that ultimately comes from all electricity customers.”
4 Jul 2020

Green light for Norfolk Vanguard as UK government stalls on Hornsea Three

But environmental concerns remain over Ørsted’s 231-turbine 2400MW Hornsea Project Three ...Sharma wrote that he was “not able to grant consent to the development at this time”, as the project presented an unacceptably high risk of collisions with the protected kittiwake bird in the EU-protected Flamborough and Filey coast special protection area.
2 Jul 2020

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