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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.
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."
One of the thirteen Gamesa 2.0 megawatt turbines at the Lynemouth wind farm near Ashington caught fire.
According to the REF, £9.4m was paid out in constraint payments in June when the interconnector was not working. A recent posting on the Western Link website said: “cable fault was detected which caused the Link to trip”. Later the website was updated to say that it was expected it would be back in operation at full capacity in September.
A windfarm company has gone to court in a row over its efforts to get connected to the national grid.
By contrast, I understand that the benefit to the community for the proposed wind turbines is about £350,000 per annum. That represents only 0.78% of the revenue to tourism. To put that into context, if only one person in every 128 visitors is put off, then there will be a net loss to the island.
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.
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.
Scottish wildcats are facing extinction after it emerged that 30 per cent of the species could be wiped out by a wind farm expansion.
Ireland's state electricity board is behind a plan to build a 91mw wind farm in the Highlands. It is the latest project by the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), which has been quietly amassing wind power plants in Scotland.