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Fred Olsen Renewables wants to build seven new turbines, six of which will be nearly 500ft tall, at Paul’s Hill near Knockando. ...members of Moray Council’s planning committee unanimously agreed to write to ministers to object to the plans due to the impact they would have on the local environment.
Since 2015 there has been a steady erosion of this policy framework: energy efficiency spending has been cut, the cheapest forms of renewables have been locked out of the CfD auctions, support for small scale renewables has been slashed, and plans for renewable heat, new nuclear, and CCS have edged forward at the most glacial of paces.
Study coauthor Professor Maria Thaker said: 'We have known from many studies that wind farms affect birds and bats. 'They kill them and disrupt their movement. But we took that one step further and discovered that it affects lizards too. 'Every time a top predator is removed or added, unexpected effects trickle through the ecosystem.
More than 60 wind farms – most in Scotland – were compensated on October 8. The payouts topped the previous high of £3.4million, sparking fresh criticism of the Scottish Government’s ‘green’ agenda. In very windy conditions, the National Grid cannot cope with the extra energy turbines produce, so firms get ‘constraint payments’ to temporarily shut them down.
A contractor for a major Moray Firth windfarm project has been accused of shutting out UK workers in favour of “cheap foreign labour”. Contracts seen by Energy Voice indicate a number of non-EU nationals on Seaway Heavy Lifting’s (SHL’s) Stanislav Yudin crane vessel have been earning below the national minimum wage.
Workers hired to build the flagship £2.6bn Beatrice offshore windfarm in Scotland have included migrants without proper immigration documents paid a fraction of the UK minimum wage, the Guardian can reveal.
Janet Nicholls said bits of fibreglass and a huge blade from the machine came crashing down into the field where five of her and her husband David's nine horses were grazing. The collapse was part of mass devastation across Cornwall. ..."Part of the machine still looks like it's going to fall off. It's been there four or five years.
Scottish Government reporter Robert Seaton yesterday oversaw an inspection of the site of what would be the highest wind farm in Caithness. ...Mr Seaton was accompanied by representatives of the developer and Highland Council, whose objection triggered the inquiry.
“While wind farms can make an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gasses, so do peat lands. When we build a wind farm on peat land it is self-defeating in terms of the environment. The site is within a 6 mile distance of nesting birds of prey and adjacent to the Water of Dye which is included in the river Dee Special Area of conservation.
There are 7,100 onshore wind turbines in Britain, and just under 2,000 off shore. Corbyn’s plan, unveiled in a briefing note at Labour’s Party Conference, is to double the number of turbines on land. He also intends to add a further 12,000 offshore turbines ...The country will be carpeted with wind farms if Corbyn gets his way.
I’ve argued that the company getting the go-ahead should be conditional on them undertaking a risk assessment, sharing that with the climbing community and then agreeing a risk management plan.” A spokeswoman from Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre said the area is “utilised by both teaching groups and individuals”.
A new mammoth offshore wind project has applied for Marine Scotland consent off the north-east coast of Scotland.
Villagers from the far north coast of Scotland have travelled to Edinburgh to deliver a petition against plans to build two giant wind farms in a region known for its dramatic scenery. Locals fear the schemes, ...will have a “devastating” impact on the village of Reay and the Caithness countryside.
Although officers recommended approval of the application, a council report ahead of the meeting said: "It is considered that a case can be made that the cumulative impact would detract from the visual amenity enjoyed by users of Pen-y-fan Country Park."
Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has ripped into the planning system and knocked government ministers out of frustration over proposals to site a windfarm substation in his constituency.
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.
Renewable energy trade bodies have hit out at UK Government policy, as new data suggests that onshore windfarm numbers are set to plummet over the next four years. New numbers provided by GlobalData on the wind turbine foundations market point directly to a drop off by more than half of new wind farms being built from 2018 to 2022.
If extrapolated to all of Britain’s wind farms it would mean 80,000 die each year from colliding with the blades. The number increased with blade length with some individual turbines responsible for the deaths of five bats each month.
The mystery of why more than 80,000 bats are killed by wind turbines in the UK each year may finally have been solved. Scientists found the winged creatures are naturally drawn to sources of red light – an attraction that can confuse them on migration routes.
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.