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Communities have raised concerns about imminent plans to re-start work on a huge Scottish windfarm amidst a continuing coronavirus lockdown with imported Irish workers who they fear will not be tested.
It is heartbreaking to read, in our P&J on Friday May 1, that the insatiable wind industry is intent on carpeting the finest landscapes, and seascapes, in western Europe with ever more demonstrably useless and hugely damaging industrial wind factories, a simply devastating 74 applications in total.
Deme Offshore’s Orion vessel, which was slated to work at EDP Renewables 100-turbine Moray East Offshore Wind Farm, suffered a crane collapse on Saturday. The firm described it as a “serious accident”.
Almost two-thirds of the major wind farms currently proposed for Scotland are in the north of the country, new figures have revealed. And campaigners have alleged many of these developments will not even benefit the locals who will be affected by them most.
The MOD opposed the application for a time extension. Prior to bringing a petition for judicial review, the petitioner had engaged with the MOD to try and resolve the dispute by other means, but nothing had come of this. The petitioner was aware that their arguments were falling on deaf ears, had been aware of all relevant matters since at least May 2018, and judicial review had been in their contemplation since then. It had been inappropriate and unreasonable, having regard to the principle of good administration, to wait until the end of 2019 before raising proceedings.
There were 14 residential properties within two kilometres of the site and three in particular were likely to experience overbearing impacts.The fact that the turbines would be widely and evenly spaced would serve to emphasise their dominating impact, she opined. Therefore, although none of the owners had a right to a view, their amenity would be significantly compromised and the ability to generate up to 15MW of electricity per year did not outweigh the harm.
Today, wind farms are supplying around 32 per cent of the UK's electricity demand, producing more than 7,000 megawatts of power, however, the National Grid has noticed an oversupply of electricity during the lockdown. Homeowners are using more power domestically, but that is significantly less than the amount which would ordinarily be used by industry. National Grid has now warned that, on some days this summer, electricity demand may fall below the 'baseload' output from inflexible power plants, such as nuclear power reactors, which can take hours to shut down safely.
Wind farm opposition groups across the north fear temporary changes in planning legislation will play into the hands of ‘unscrupulous developers’. Under the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act developers no longer have to mount public exhibitions of their plans, or make them available for physical inspection in places like libraries, services, and council offices due to the “significant risk of transmission of coronavirus”.
Figures from the Scottish Government also revealed no new net capacity was added in the country between last June and December. Industry leaders have warned Scotland needs to quadruple its output if it is to wean its home heating and transport sectors off fossil fuels.
Keltbray has demolished a giant wind turbine at Hunterston in Ayrshire.
Household are facing a huge hike in their energy bills after a record surge in subsidy payments to switch off Scottish wind farm turbines partly caused by them producing too much power, an analysis has found. In the two months of this year, £69 million was paid out in constraint payments.
But Pat Rafferty, Scottish secretary of the union Unite, said: ‘The fact that an injunction has been taken out against the company to prevent it from asset stripping equipment is unheard of and highlights the major concerns which governmental bodies hold regarding the intentions of CS Wind. ‘The factory should be one of the crown jewels in Scotland’s renewables industry as it manufactures onshore and offshore wind turbines, but it has been lying idle for months now.
Controversial plans to build a giant wind farm in the Rhinns of Kells have been scrapped. Torrs Hill Wind Farm Ltd had lodged an outline bid for 12 turbines below the scenic mountain range. But this week parent company Fred Olsen Ltd opted to pull the plug on the project.
Clwyd West AM Darren Millar , who opposed the original development, said: "These revised plans will add insult to injury to those who opposed this controversial planning application. "Many of my constituents are concerned about the cumulative visual impact of onshore wind farms in this beautiful part of North Wales and making them even larger and more prominent will do nothing to address their concerns. "I will be pressing the local authority to reject these proposals."
The factory should be one of the crown jewels in Scotland’s renewables industry as it manufactures onshore and offshore wind turbines, but it has been lying idle for months now. “It’s time the owners of CS Wind moved on to other shores to allow alternative ownership options to come forward, including forms of public ownership, so we can work towards guaranteeing the factory a successful future.”
Plans to build a wind turbine farm on a famous First World War battlefield in northern France have been described as “revolting”. Tens of thousands of British soldiers were killed during the historic Battle of Cambrai and many of their bodies were never recovered.
In a letter sent to The Times newspaper the group say that the "piecemeal, outdated approach" to green energy infrastructure would result in the "destruction of ancient woodland [and] rare heathland habitats" across the two counties. They say: "We must not let energy firms desecrate East Anglian landscapes in the name of clean energy."
Onshore wind farms will be eligible for subsidies for the first time since 2016 from next year. ...However, the government has stressed new projects in England will only go ahead with the consent of local communities.
In the world of renewable energy nothing is what it seems. “Environmentally friendly” turns out to be devastating to the natural world. “Cheap” is expensive. “Local support” is found to be at a distance. “Sustainable” is, strange to say, short lived and unaffordable. A “contract” is non-binding. “Secure” is actually unreliable. Love is hate, black is white, and “Green” is a murky shade of brown. So we should not be surprised when we are simultaneously told, as we were yesterday by government, that onshore wind is now so cost competitive it should be allowed to apply for subsidies again.
Almost seven million trees have been felled in the north of Scotland to make way for onshore wind farms since the year 2000, according to new figures from the land commission. The data, which relates to national-owned areas run by Forestry and Land Scotland, shows that only 12 wind developments account for more than 6,700,000 trees being cut down.