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"The effects of an industrial wind power plant on this valuable biotope are immense," says Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt, sole director of the German Wildlife Foundation. "The negative impact on birds are substantial and proven in similar habitats."
Public meetings last week saw growing support for an action group fighting the construction of a 22-turbine wind farm at Heckington Fen. ‘Heck Off’ - as it is being called - held a well-attended public meeting last Tuesday in the Hume Arms at South Kyme to explain to concerned residents the latest position in which developers Ecotricity are seeking to amend their current permission.
The Polish government's proposed new regulations governing the safe siting of wind energy facilities has triggered a firestorm with the Polish and European wind industries crying foul. This important report attempts to correct the record on the law which is intended to protect residents from poorly sited wind facilities.
WIND TURBINES - It's not just snap your fingers - and then there are windmills.
The Polish National Institute of Public Health has filed this opinion regarding the construction of industrial wind energy facilities in close proximity to residential areas.
Thanks to government policies deliberately distorting the market, we have over-invested in wind and solar. It has blighted investment in reliable capacity that can keep the lights on. This is the crux of Britain’s energy crunch. Clearly it was a colossal mistake to have embarked on renewables with storage unsolved.
The resistance is growing from all sides. Not only the people who live in the country and directly affected by wind power protest. Even the industry in countries like Germany, England and Sweden now dares to write articles about their countries need cheaper and more reliable energy to continue to exist.
Countryside campaigners are "delighted" after an appeal for a large wind turbine near Bideford has been dismissed by the planning inspectorate.
The Supreme Court will consider a challenge against An Bord Pleanála's decision to grant planning permission for an electricity-generating wind farm in Co Tipperary after ruling that the case raises issues of public importance.
The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a challenge to An Bord Pleanála’s granting of planning permission for a wind farm in Co Tipperary after ruling that the case raises issues of public importance.
Concerning for the wind lobby group are rules embedded in the legislation that would require wind farm owners to pay fees for operating plants and sign up for a new permit every two years. Those who fail to comply might face prison sentences, and the rules would be applied retroactively to existing plants, said Joy.
In their proceedings, the applicants had sought to quash the board’s granting of a 10-year permission to ESB Wind Development and Coillte to build the wind farm. They claim the permission breaches the EU habitats directive and the EU environment impact assessment directive.
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.
The Eurelectric analysis showed that without all of those excess costs, Danes would pay electricity costs under the European average. Lars Aagaard, the CEO of the Danish Energy Association (Dansk Energi) said the high level of taxation is strangling Denmark’s green conversion.
The accident is now under investigation and a construction has been ordered stopped until the cause of the accident is determined.
Critics of the technology warn turbines pose a threat to birds, particularly rare species which are already suffering from low numbers or migratory species, as well as to bats. The Scottish Gamekeepers' Association (SGA) has previously claimed wind turbines are killing killed more birds of prey than deliberate poisoning or shooting.
During construction at a Krampfer wind farm in Germany, the rotor on one of the 200 meter high wind turbines crashed to the ground. The cause of the accident is undetermined.
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.
“The feeling now is pretty much of relief that the right decision has been made. We were all quite emotional that this fight is over and we can get on with our lives and not worry about this huge turbine that would have impacted on us."
Developer Vattenfall Windfarm has written to the Planning Inspectorate asking it to de-register the Mynydd Lluest y Graig scheme, earmarked for a site near Llanerfyl, in Powys.