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SSE pulls out of two onshore wind projects in Scotland

The firm had submitted planning applications to the Scottish government to build an 81 megawatt (MW) Dalnessie wind farm in Sutherland and for an extension to its 36 MW Fairburn wind farm in Ross-shire. The firm said that continued investment in developing the projects was no longer financially viable.
24 Feb 2014

Wind farms paid £30m to shut down during high winds

Onshore wind farms are being paid £30 million a year to sit idle during the windiest weather. The payments are made because the cables which transmit power from the turbines to the National Grid cannot cope with the amount of electricity they produce during stormy conditions.
23 Feb 2014

Large-scale wind power schemes 'in retreat'

The spread of wind turbines across the Westcountry has slowed in the wake of Government guidelines designed to prevent council decisions being routinely overturned on appeal. Communities secretary Eric Pickles introduced the policy steer for planners last summer in a bid to quell a growing backlash against the proliferation of renewable energy schemes.
22 Feb 2014

Fighting against windmills

Wiesława Lewandowska talks with Anna Zalewska about the vague policy of the government concerning the future of renewable energy in Poland, big money, old wind turbines and growing protests
22 Feb 2014

The best deal offered to Scotland or just bribery? Two communities split by wind farm

One, the village of Kirknewton, is mostly thrilled at the prospect of a new wind farm, which stands to deliver many millions - but which cannot be seen from there because it is five miles away. Then there is the other, the people living near to the site, some of whom may not only see the turbines, but hear them, and who are mostly not happy at all. A ballot has shown they are 95% against.
16 Feb 2014

Wind energy: Chalk it up as a loss

In Episode 1 of this new web series, Ben Acheson excoriates industrial wind energy and ponders why the vast roll-out of huge turbines is still taking place. With the negative impacts on the tourist industry, precious landscapes, communities and businesses, is it time that wind energy was chalked up as a loss? Mr. Acheson is the policy adviser to EU Parliamentarian Struan Stevenson MEP. The full transcript of the video appears below.
16 Feb 2014

Wind energy: Chalk it up as a loss

In Episode 1 of this new web series, Ben Acheson excoriates industrial wind energy and ponders why the vast roll-out of huge turbines is still taking place. With the negative impacts on the tourist industry, precious landscapes, communities and businesses, is it time that wind energy was chalked up as a loss? Mr. Acheson is the policy adviser to EU Parliamentarian Struan Stevenson MEP. The full transcript of the video appears below.
16 Feb 2014

Wind farm over Bury could double in size

A wind farm overlooking Bury could double in size, if plans are given the green light. Peel Energy and United Utilities have announced a joint venture to expand Scout Moor Wind Farm and install an extra 26 wind turbines within the existing wind farm and in an area to the north of the site.
13 Feb 2014

Austria burdened by Germany's shift to green power

Weather-driven surges of German solar and wind power may lead to higher costs for Austria as its grid is forced to take measures to avoid breaking down, a Austrian energy regulator said, calling for a region-wide solution to excess flows. Austria already must deal with a constant unwanted supply of 2,000 megawatts of power from northern Germany that flows into its grid via Poland and the Czech Republic.
12 Feb 2014

Austria burdened by Germany's shift to green power

Weather-driven surges of German solar and wind power may lead to higher costs for Austria as its grid is forced to take measures to avoid breaking down, a Austrian energy regulator said, calling for a region-wide solution to excess flows. Austria already must deal with a constant unwanted supply of 2,000 megawatts of power from northern Germany that flows into its grid via Poland and the Czech Republic.
12 Feb 2014

Dorset coast windfarm scaled back again

Navitus Bay Development Ltd said that the northernmost ‘top triangle’ of the development will be removed, meaning the site, in places, will now be 3.8km further offshore than previously announced. It says the move will reduce the visual impact of the plans. It is the second time the boundary has moved back.
6 Feb 2014

MP blasts councillors over wind turbine

Rutland and Melton MP Alan Duncan has vented his fury at councillors who voted in favour of controversial plans to build a 200ft high wind turbine in Somerby. ...“I’m dismayed by those who voted in favour. We don’t elect Conservative councillors to go against their community and spoil our rural countryside.
6 Feb 2014

Angry councillor likens wind turbines to 'breeding rabbits'

Wind turbines have been likened to “breeding rabbits” by a councillor opposing plans in his constituency. County and district Cllr Bill Hunt has spoken out over contentious proposals to build four wind turbines at Berry Fen - land which borders Aldreth and sits within a few miles of Haddenham and Sutton.
2 Feb 2014

Solar energy jobs halve in two years

In an attempt to control the decline, the EU put a protective tax on on imported panels last summer. This saw lots of Chinese companies raising their costs, but it does not seem to have had much of an effect on homegrown production.
28 Jan 2014

Backlash grows over church’s wind farm role

Church of England commissioners are facing a growing backlash over their involvement in plans for a massive wind farm south of Hawick. The bulk of land involved, if the Scottish Government greenlights the scheme, belongs to the Church of England.
26 Jan 2014

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