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Robin hushed: wind turbines are making songbirds change their tune

It’s suspected that lower frequency noises make the robin singer “sound” bigger and thus reduce the need for more direct physical encounters to defend their territory. But with the low frequency sound emitted by wind turbines drowning them out, there was a suggestion that robins were having to rely more on puffing out their red chest to deter aggressors.
20 Dec 2018

The Performance of Wind Farms in the United Kingdom and Denmark

Ref.hughes.19.12.12_thumb The Renewable Energy Foundation published this research paper by Dr Gordon Hughes, Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh, on the performance over time of wind farms in the United Kingdom and Denmark.  The paper can be downloaded by clicking on the link(s) on this page.  The UK and Danish data used in the analysis is also available below. The following summarises the results of the research.
19 Dec 2018

Area 'trashed' by wind farms

Caithness is being "trashed" by turbines, according to an anti-wind-farm campaigner who is opposed to three new projects planned for the county. Brenda Herrick insists the far north has "more than its share" of wind farms and is past its saturation point.
22 Nov 2018

Rejected bid for wind farm near Hawick goes to appeal

Proposals for the £8m development, consisting of seven turbines up to 132m tall at Barrel Law, near Roberton, were thrown out by Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee in September. German-based ABO Wind has now submitted an appeal to Holyrood’s planning and environmental appeals division.
19 Nov 2018

Scotland wind farms must be ‘repowered’ to prepare for the future

Once these wind turbines reach the end of their limited lifespan, the challenge is how to continue using the structures, which are often costly to build. ...reusing the foundation generally requires more construction materials and disturbs the soil as much as a new foundation, meaning it is necessary to weigh the benefit of having turbines that can generate more power against the possible land disturbance they can cause.
19 Nov 2018

Low wind levels hit Innogy

This small increase was reflected in its power generation figures, as renewables produced 6.2TWh between 1 January and 30 September in 2017, and 6.3TWh this year. However, Innogy explained that "particularly low wind levels, especially in the second and third quarters of 2018 in the UK and Germany, led to reduced utilisation of existing plants".
15 Nov 2018

Is the UK's clean energy transition stumbling?

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.  
8 Nov 2018

Wind farms are the 'new apex predators': Blades kill off 75% of buzzards, hawks and kites that live nearby, study shows

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.
5 Nov 2018

Windfarms paid £5M a day to turn off turbines

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.
29 Oct 2018

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=UK
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