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'The Bill was to put a legal framework for wind farm development by the proposal of setback distance of ten times the height of the turbine, along with provisions to protect against noise and shadow flicker. The Bill also allowed for both optional community ownership and greater consultation. The Bill was rejected by both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael last night."
Planning regulation and inspection around wind- farms is expected to come under further scrutiny following claims that a wind- farm in Co Waterford was built with larger blades than allowed for.
The story of the Harris family highlights the fact that the development of wind farms is subject to few planning checks, writes Michael Clifford.
Up to 11 years of building work could be needed to bring wind farm cables ashore in Norfolk - sparking a call for businesses to be compensated.
Animals France Nature Environnement has filed a complaint for the destruction of protected species
The sought location, the moorland area of Nurme, had been put forward by the municipality and the negative decision mainly was a result of opposition from local peat extracting companies.
Germany is jeopardizing its reputation as a global leader on climate action by missing its own 2020 greenhouse gas emissions-reduction target ...By 2016, German emissions had fallen 28 percent compared to 1990. The German government has already admitted it's unlikely to meet the 2020 target, forecasting an emissions cut of 35 percent. But the new analysis suggests even this may be over-optimistic.
The Nordex Group has adopted a cost-cutting programme to respond to the continuing decline in demand and the sharp change in market conditions in its core market Germany as well as in other European countries, as already announced before.
SSE Renewables says it is ‘disappointed’ by the decision of South Ayrshire’s Regulatory Panel to recommend refusal to an application to build an extension to the existing Hadyard Hill wind farm.
Pádraic Dolan, of the Meath Wind Information Group, said his organisation was confident that any challenge would be unsuccessful. He told the Irish Daily Mail that the planning board had been unequivocal in its refusal, citing the proximity of the wind farm to a large number of homes, and the landscape’s cultural significance.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has also objected because it is worried that not enough has been done to prevent water contamination. Joan McAlpine, the SNP MSP for South Scotland, said: "The proposal to locate so many turbines in this area will irreversibly destroy its unique character.” ...The windfarm was “unnecessary, unwelcome and inconsiderate towards the future aspirations of the affected communities,” said one member of the village council, Androulla Richford.
In its decision it said that the council ‘considered the proposed development would form a significant visual intrusion in the landscape by reason of the height and spatial extent of the proposed turbines ...altering its reading as a rolling rural landscape to a more industrialised scene, when the accumulation of both existing and permitted windfarm developments are viewed in the setting.
Many communities forced against their wishes to live with giant, dominating turbines took scant comfort from believing what they were told at approval: This is temporary; the turbines will come down after 20 years; the land will be returned to its original state. While no-one thought the latter would be true, people did think the monuments to a failed energy policy would be removed and not left rusting on the hillsides like abandoned follies as they have in other countries.
North Meath Wind Farm Ltd has launched a High Court challenge after it was refused permission for a 25-turbine wind farm outside Kells.
Producers blame the decline on a loophole in a new law which seeks to minimize the amount of subsidy for new wind projects. New projects are approved in an auction with the lowest bidder getting the nod – at least theoretically. But lawmakers carved out special rules for the so-called “citizens’ energy companies” – cooperative-like entities that allow local communities to own new facilities.
A leading green energy entrepreneur has thrown his support behind an island community as they wage a David and Goliath style battle against a major wind farm developer.
The world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer saw profits drop 33 per cent
He states a number of reasons for the cuts including that "The global wind power market is becoming increasingly competitive. For the past 10 years, we have managed to lower prices by 40 percent in the industry. This development continues, and we must adapt the capacity in Aalborg to the current demand."
Governments from Europe to Latin America are replacing guaranteed set payments from green power sources, known as feed-in tariffs, with competitive tenders, putting downward pressure on prices throughout the supply chain.
“What the Government is looking at, at the moment, if we fail to reach our targets for 2020, which we will, is paying out anything between €400m and €600m to the European Commission in fines because we failed to reach our renewable energy targets,” he said.