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Workers hired to build the flagship £2.6bn Beatrice offshore windfarm in Scotland have included migrants without proper immigration documents paid a fraction of the UK minimum wage, the Guardian can reveal.
Janet Nicholls said bits of fibreglass and a huge blade from the machine came crashing down into the field where five of her and her husband David's nine horses were grazing. The collapse was part of mass devastation across Cornwall. ..."Part of the machine still looks like it's going to fall off. It's been there four or five years.
Scottish Government reporter Robert Seaton yesterday oversaw an inspection of the site of what would be the highest wind farm in Caithness. ...Mr Seaton was accompanied by representatives of the developer and Highland Council, whose objection triggered the inquiry.
“While wind farms can make an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gasses, so do peat lands. When we build a wind farm on peat land it is self-defeating in terms of the environment. The site is within a 6 mile distance of nesting birds of prey and adjacent to the Water of Dye which is included in the river Dee Special Area of conservation.
There are 7,100 onshore wind turbines in Britain, and just under 2,000 off shore. Corbyn’s plan, unveiled in a briefing note at Labour’s Party Conference, is to double the number of turbines on land. He also intends to add a further 12,000 offshore turbines ...The country will be carpeted with wind farms if Corbyn gets his way.
I’ve argued that the company getting the go-ahead should be conditional on them undertaking a risk assessment, sharing that with the climbing community and then agreeing a risk management plan.” A spokeswoman from Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre said the area is “utilised by both teaching groups and individuals”.
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.