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Plans to build nine wind turbines at Belford Burn are being recommended for refusal by Northumberland County Council. The application by Energiekontor UK Ltd has attracted 500 letters of objection from local residents and just nine letters of support.
Official Government statistics published on Thursday show that in the three months to the end of June, the amount of electricity produced by offshore wind farms fell by 22 per cent, to 2 terawatt-hours (TWh), compared with the same period the year before.
In late July 2014, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government refused planning permission for four on-shore wind farms. Lorna Bowry, of the Sharpe Pritchard planning law team outlines the key features of each refusal.
Billions of pounds in subsidies for renewable energy projects across the UK are currently shared by all bill-payers, but Ed Davey, the energy secretary, has warned that this will not continue if Scotland votes for independence.
The planning process into the decision over the Navitus Bay wind park planned for off the Dorset coast gets under way today. A preliminary meeting will be held at the BIC from 10.30am, concerning procedural matters and setting the timetable for the examination of Navitus Bay Development Ltd's proposals.
New wind farm developments may be delayed by High Court challenges after a group of west Clare residents became the first local opposition group to secure leave for a judicial review.
Giant wind turbines in public parks, schools and leisure centres would yield no direct benefit for the communities in their shadow, it has been revealed. Fife Council last week announced five sites earmarked for turbines measuring up to 77 metres.
After 2½ hours of rancour at Thursday’s annual general meeting, NTR chairman Tom Roche and his fellow board members can be in no doubt about the dissent within shareholder ranks over its plans to spend €50 million of their money on pursuing additional wind farm projects in Europe.
“The economic arguments for people converting to wind are still there, but they have shifted in emphasis. The incentive to put up the larger turbines and make money by exporting to the grid isn’t so compelling as before."
Councillors in north Kerry are moving to stop the erection of further windfarms and are seeking to have a ban inserted in the new six-year county development plan, ...Planning permission has been granted for just over 400 turbines in the region — half of which have yet to be constructed.
Local government minister Stephen Williams, who refused to be drawn on the merits of the 125m turbine, which could be built near Beccles, said the decision of a planning inspector was final, claiming it was a “quasi judicial” process and he was unable to comment on the merits of the case.
RWE Innogy UK made the decision after a bid to carry out the survey for the project in the Orby area looked set to be refused. The company was seeking compulsory access to private land to assess its suitability for work in connection with the scheme.
Plans for a 20 turbine wind farm at Glen Kyllachy near Tomatin have been blocked by councillors. Highland Council’s south planning applications committee unanimously rejected RWE Innogy UK’s proposals.
Shale gas site 'creates the least visual intrusion' compared with wind or solar farm for same energy, according to Government's former chief scientific advisor on energy. ...contrary to what some people may assume, exploration for and production of shale gas would actually have less far less impact on the countryside than wind or solar energy.
Laois wind awareness group People Over Wind have been granted leave to appeal an An Bord Pleanála rulling in the High Court, over the approval of Cullenagh windfarm. The hearing is expected to take place after Christmas, with the €50,000 legal cost raised by Cullenagh residents and supporters.
Wind farms were paid a record sum of almost £3 million in a single day this week not to produce electricity. Strong winds amid the remnants of Hurricane Bertha left the electricity network unable to cope with the amount of energy being produced by turbines on Monday.
Penny Mills, Devon chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said she hoped the withdrawal would mark the end of EDF’s interest in the site. “This wind farm would have had a massive impact on the countryside and landscape for miles around and on the people who live nearby,” she said.
According to court documents, the group will attempt to prove the board failed to carry out a proper environmental impact assessment, as well as an appropriate assessment as required under national and European law.
"Coiste na Mí C.L.G has decided that it is not appropriate for a voluntary sporting organisation like the GAA to engage in a complex debate on renewable energy and consequently will decline the offer from Element Power.
In April, Tynwald voted overwhelmingly for a strategy on offshore energy production that could see wind farms developed in Manx territorial waters. ...But Chief Minister Allan Bell said those plans could be put in doubt – if unsuitable seabed conditions was the real reason for Celtic Array pulling out.