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Community action triggers government review

The Government has announced a review of wind farm noise after a long campaign by a Devon community. Neighbours of the planned Den Brook project, which will be the third biggest in the Westcountry if built, brought a judicial review after concerns over the amplitude modulation noise (AM). The noise from "wind shear" is said to be the cause of most complaints but is not included in planing law.
14 Dec 2014

Wind farm objections ‘doubled’

A parliamentary question from Murdo Fraser found that there have been 5,942 complaints about developments of 50 megawatts (MW) and over this year, compared to 2,951 complaints last year. ...Mr Fraser, the party’s energy spokesman, said: “The fact these objections have doubled in the last year shows the sheer strength of feeling among the public. “This isn’t people complaining about a single turbine in someone’s back garden.
8 Dec 2014

£36m windfarm plan is rejected by Inverclyde councillors

After airing arguments both for and against the major proposals, councillors voted 14-3 to refuse the application in front of a packed public gallery in the town’s municipal buildings. Concern over the development’s possible impact on air traffic radar was one of the key factors behind the decision.
5 Dec 2014

Revealed: the Guardian Wind farm advert that tried to pull the wool over our eyes

So that very brief moment when all the 5,500 wind turbines in Britain were contributing 25 per cent of our power was not only highly untypical, but also served yet again to highlight the real problem with wind: that it fluctuates so wildly and unpredictably from one extreme to the other. At 4.30 last Thursday afternoon, for instance, it was contributing to the grid less than 2 per cent, when coal and gas between them were supplying 74 per cent.
23 Nov 2014

Jobs threat as cash troubles sink wave firm

A world-leading renewables firm that has received more than £15 million of funding from the Scottish Government has entered administration, placing 56 jobs at risk. Edinburgh-based Pelamis Wave Power announced the move yesterday, with directors saying they have been unable to secure much-needed additional finance.
22 Nov 2014

Wind farm owners 'get £115,000 subsidy for UK every job they create'

Last summer the Telegraph disclosed that each job in the industry was effectively subsidised by £100,000 a year, reflecting the 12,000 people Renewable UK said were directly employed at the time, and estimated £1.2bn annual subsidy costs. The increased subsidy-per-job rate since then reflects first power being generated from new offshore wind farms, which receive far higher subsidies than those onshore.
13 Nov 2014

Delay for controversial wind turbine plans

​A protest group has vowed to fight the construction of four wind turbines on the Herefordshire border until the bitter end. A decision on Reeves Hill was due on Thursday from Powys County Council – but has now been put back until November 20.
3 Nov 2014
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