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Wind turbine collapses in Northern Ireland

A 328-foot tall wind turbine worth more than £2 million has buckled and collapsed on a mountainside in Northern Ireland. Unconfirmed reports suggested the blades of the turbine had spun out of control - despite only light wind speeds - before the structure came crashing to the ground on Friday.
4 Jan 2015

As Britain freezes, wind farms take power from grid to prevent icing

Roger Helmer, energy spokesman for the UK Independence Party, who want to see wind farm subsidies scrapped, told Breitbart London: “We’re familiar with the layers of subsidy necessary to make wind farms viable. We’re familiar with the inefficiency of the necessary back-up fossil fuel generation, for when the wind doesn’t blow. Now we learn that on windless days these wind turbines are cannibalising power from the grid merely to help maintain them. Will the folly never stop?”
2 Jan 2015

Pickles throws out wind farm appeal

An appeal for four wind turbines in Dorcas Lane, Stoke Hammond, has been refused by the Secretery of State Eric Pickles. Mr Pickles agreed with the planning inspector’s recommendation to refuse the appeal.
31 Dec 2014

Riverside Stadium wind turbine developer set to launch multi-million pound legal action against Durham Tees Valley Airport

Mr Millinder said the money from electricity the turbine could already have generated has been lost, and that he will look to sue DTVA to recover the company’s losses. He said: “I would lay the blame at the door of the airport. We have lost around £2.8m from the tariff. ...There is no technology available that would have been able to satisfy the airport’s submission."
29 Dec 2014

Wind farm bosses given more time to tackle radar issue in Northumberland

Permission was subject to a condition that the developer had 12 months in which to agree a scheme to mitigate the effects of its turbines on the primary surveillance radar at Newcastle International Airport. The company  asked the county council to be allowed to remove the condition, and to vary the condition on turbine height to instead allow 130m models to be used. The council approved the first request but refused the second.
25 Dec 2014

East Heslerton wind farm appeal rejected by judge

“I am obviously delighted at the result. It has been all about the money for them and millions and millions of pounds have been thrown at it. “Everyone around here is very pleased we just hope that this is the end and that they have finally taken no for an answer.”
24 Dec 2014

Firm paid to halt wind turbines plans expansion

​Falck says the existing wind farm generates 65MW of power. The extension would add another 35MW. It is understood a development on the scale of the Millenium Wind Farm would earn £85 per MW per hour when it is operating - and £121 when it is not producing electricity.
22 Dec 2014
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