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The company behind the plans, ABO Wind UK, has faced opposition from residents, community councils and Scottish Borders councillors ever since it first announced its intention to develop the site in 2012. ...“This approach is debilitating for fragile communities being worn down by commercial enterprises that bring financial muscle to a process destined to create overproliferation, landscape desecration and wind turbine blight in a naturally beautiful area of the Borders.
This week Malcolm Mahony, the reporter appointed by ministers, overturned the rejection, finding that the project’s benefits outweighed any impacts on landscape or tourism. He said: “It would have localised and limited impacts on landscape and visual amenity and on archaeological assets.
Mrs Ward said: "We’ve been threatened in this close community by wind developers since 2010. On one occasion, an attempt by developers to gain access through Aigas Community Forest failed because of fierce objection by the local people. "This community will fight this latest threat with everything we have."
The manufacturer’s orders for both services and projects increased in the first half of 2018. ...Despite the increase in orders, Blanco added the company expects 2018 and 2019 "to remain challenging" due to "fierce competition" and "pressure on prices".
Across the Americas region, Vestas saw deliveries fall 41% in the first six months of the year. However, order intake doubled, with continued high level of activity in the US and Argentina, as well as the addition of orders in Mexico, Bolivia and Panama.
Pierre Tardieu, WindEurope's chief policy officier, cautioned that the figures also masked what he described as "some worrying trends." While France had installed a lot of onshore wind in 2018, it hadn't issued a single new permit for that sector in the last eight months due to an administrative issue.
The groups said the projected drop in 2018 - which would be down from a record 5,333 MW in 2017 - was due to a lack of assurance from policymakers that sufficient new capacity would be tendered at auction in coming years.
WPD said it will seek to recoup CAD100 million (€65 million) from the Ontario authorities, but the new law may limit this claim. Worse news for the Germans is that the CETA agreement provides no protection: it is yet to be ratified by all 28 EU states.
The 'disappearing wind' meant turbines generated less than two per cent of the country's power - the lowest figure for more than two years. Britain got 15 per cent of its power from wind last year – twice as much as coal. But on June 2, this figure fell to just 1.1 per cent, with only 0.3 gigawatts of energy being produced around 10am.
The Supreme Court has overturned permission for a wind farm in Co Clare due to An Bord Pleanála’s failure to make “complete, definitive and precise” findings required by European law for a valid Appropriate Assessment of the project.
Britain is experiencing a “wind drought” ...July’s wind energy output so far is down 40 per cent when compared to the same period last year. Ireland is facing similar problems with a lack of wind while falling water levels in rivers have also curtailed hydroelectric power generation in July.
Reassurances are being sought that the construction of the world’s biggest offshore windfarm off the coast of Norfolk will not create dangerous conditions on some of the county’s roads.
Last week’s energy deal adopted by a majority in the Danish Parliament may turn out to have a sting in the tail for some; More turbines will be moved off the land and into offshore wind farms by 2030, but the ones left could be much bigger than they are today
The Derry City and Strabane District Council area is over capacity for wind farms and carrying an unfair burden compared to other council areas, says Sinn Fein councillor Dan Kelly.
Two large Irish wind farm portfolios have been put on the market by their owners.
Britain got 15 per cent of its power from wind last year - twice as much as coal; Since the start of June, wind farms have been producing barely any electricity; The 'wind drought' has meant turbines have generated less than two per cent of the country's power this month
Norwegian utility company Statkraft may cancel plans to build one onshore wind farm in Sweden and scrap plans to upgrade another after a local court rejected its request to build taller turbines ...The Norwegian firm had requested increasing the maximum height to 220 meters (722 feet) from 172.5 meters (566 feet).
Angry Conservatives have claimed the Scottish Government is planning a multi-million pound money grab from the Borders by charging for work undertaken by the local council on wind farm applications.
Developers EDF Renewables have only offered to pay villages £2,000 per MW of electricity generated every year instead of the £5,000 recommended by the Scottish Government. The power firm claims other benefits, including a visitor centre dedicated to the wind farm and upgraded paths on the site, will make up some of the difference to locals.