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Anti-wind farm activists have said that a new set of turbines close to the Cairngorms National Park would “despoil one of the most beautiful and accessible wild areas” in Scotland.
In a House of Lords debate late last year, the Rt Rev Martin Wharton said that too many parts of Northumberland’s landscape had been “scarred and disfigured”. He called for “an end to any further funds for on-shore wind, especially in Northumberland”.
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.
Consumers will pay for the extra power to their normal provider - but local generators will then compensate them separately, allowing producer and user to share in the benefit of using electricity that would otherwise not be generated.
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?”
And Cllr Trite, who represents Swanage on the county council, added: “For all we know, this plan B could have been what Navitus Bay Development Ltd had intended all along as a fallback position. It’s presented as a big concession to those who are opposed to this appalling disfiguration of this beautiful part of the world.”
The turbines need to idle slowly when temperatures plunge in calm conditions to stop ice forming and to power hydraulic systems that turn the blades into the wind.
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.
A Freedom of Information request found that Bournemouth council had spent far more than the Borough of Poole, which has invested nothing but officer time, and Dorset County Council, which spent £15,000 appraising visuals.
Burbo Bank project will consist of 32 extra turbines A wind farm extension will be built off the coast of Merseyside.
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."
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.
Developer RWE Innogy said it was in talks with a several potential partners to build the Galloper wind farm, despite shelving the project two months ago.
“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.”
The latest planning stats reveal that the number of renewable energy planning applications received between July and September for Northern Ireland this year dropped by just over a fifth (21%) compared to the same period last year.
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.
"This news is a great success for the local protest movement – people whose lives have been blighted by the black cloud of destruction that has hung over their heads for years. The stress, fear and division will be lifted from Dyfnant area.
The tower of the 15-metre high turbine at remote Rhue Stoer Hall, north of Lochinver, snapped in two last Thursday, sending the gear box housing and blades tumbling to the ground. It is the second such structural failure in two years.
Scottish Power are ditching proposals for a wind farm at Dyfnant Forest, at Lake Vyrnwy, Powys, after working on the proposals for six years. Company chiefs said the reasons were the length of time for the planning process and a need to modernise the grid.
RWE decided to challenge the decision in the courts, arguing that the ruling was not properly and lawfully reached. But last Friday, the judge ruled against RWE, agreeing with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) that the decision was fair.