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The Conservative MP Scott Mann said he is ‘delighted’ the High Court has dismissed proposals to build a wind farm near Week St Mary. The MP for North Cornwall said Good Energy’s appeal with the High Court was ‘dismissed by judges’ on May 25.
'It’s very clear there is a very substantial downward trend in new investment, which is across the board in terms of investment in clean technology ranging from big wind farms right down to the effective collapse of the solar market'
It is not always possible to continue operating old systems. In some cases the turbines must be dismantled. About 28,000 wind turbines are spinning under the German sky - much of them operating since the late nineties. Currently, the wind industry faces major challenges: With the expiration of the eligibility for subsidies under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) after 20 years, the operators have to decide whether the older plants should be decommissioned, dismantled, repowered or continue to operate as before. Under current conditions, this will impact approximately four gigawatts of wind project output nationwide according to estimates by the Institute for Integrated Production Hannover (IPH). In the future, an additional 2.4 gigawatts of EEG funding will be eliminated on average per year.
The damaged turbine at the Alpha Ventus offshore wind farm is set to be repaired with a replacement nacelle.
In an indication that manufacturers are undercutting each other to win orders, Siemens-Gamesa said it’s “experiencing volatile demand and considerable price pressure” even as it enjoyed its biggest order intake for onshore turbines.
In his correspondence Trump, who has previously said he is of Scottish descent, opposed the construction of the turbines saying that residents are tired of paying higher taxes for them. During the letter he said: 'Residents "don't want thousands more of these 'made in China' turbines built all around Scotland'.
Mid Ulster District Council’s Planning Committee has turned down a controversial plan for the construction of eight wind turbines near Cookstown.
A wave of outrage has met the news that energy giant EDF, through partner ‘Lewis Wind Power’, is considering increasing the size of its turbines to be located in Lewis.
But planning inspector Kay Sheffield recommended the site proposal be turned down. She said it would have a "significant and adverse visual affect on the character and appearance of the landscape of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park."
A public local inquiry (PLI) was conducted into the proposed 20-turbine development at Caplich in Sutherland, raising concerns of significant harm to two wild land areas as well as compromising the natural environment, amenity and heritage resources of the areas.
Koch proposes shutting down wind turbines at times when bats' migration path puts them at risk from the huge, rotating blades. But if bat protection is to be taken into consideration when designing policy – on wind energy development, forestry, agriculture and the use of pesticides – solid data is essential.
Ireland faces fines of €600m a year from the EU for failing to meet renewable energy targets and cutting carbon emissions by 2020.
Developers have abandoned plans to extend a controversial wind farm in Moray. EDF Energy put forward proposals to increase the size of 35 turbines planned for the Dorenell wind farm development on the Glenfiddich Estate, near Dufftown.
The damage at the offshore wind farm, "Alpha Ventus", located about 45 kilometers from Borkum, is considerably more serious than initially known. At the beginning of April not only did the plastic covering crash 90 meters into the sea, but half of the nacelle fell off as well. Experts are now investigating whether it is a single incident or possibly serial damage. More than 120 turbines of this type are installed in the North Sea.
The Scottish division of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has hit out against a study published today on the risk to seabirds through collision with offshore wind turbines, calling the findings a “very optimistic interpretation of data”.
The Court of Justice of the EU has upheld arguments by opponents of a wind farm concerning the extent of Coillte’s environmental responsibilities in relation to grid connection works for a wind farm in Co Laois.
Several wind farm projects in Sweden are under threat due to the government’s decision to reserve more airspace for its armed forces, according to two companies and an industry lobby group.
A rear part of a nacelle panel on one of the Adwen M5000 (AD 5-116) wind turbines installed on the Alpha Ventus wind farm in the German North Sea has broken off and fell into the sea, the operator of the wind farm reports. The accident happened on Friday, 06 April.
An appeal to build two 18-metre high wind turbines on a farm in Benwick have been refused by planners and objected to by the MOD due to “aviation safety”.
Why are turbine manufacturers doing so badly? Climate change will have some very unpleasant consequences, unless we cut our dependence on fossil power. Generating electricity from the wind is clean and increasingly cheap. So it's ascent looks assured, whatever ornithologists and President Donald Trump might think.