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The UK's offshore wind industry has suffered a fresh setback today, after Centrica and DONG Energy confirmed they have shelved plans for the giant Celtic Array offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea.
Developers Celtic Array have pulled the plug on the planned 2.2GW Rhiannon Wind Farm, which was due to be located some 12 miles off the Anglesey coast.
It advocates building no more offshore wind farms, which it calls “an expensive option that may not be needed”, stopping solar panel deployment, “since it generates no output at times of peak demand” and restricting use of expensive solid wall insulation for homes.
When it comes to offshore wind, the near-term development of this industry depends almost entirely on whether the United Kingdom manages to strike the right balance between reining in subsidies and saving taxpayers money without completely scaring off developers.
Dorset County Council has decided to cease negotiations with the developers of the Navitus Bay wind farm over a lease to enable cabling work for the project.
Offshore wind farms have recently been cancelled because of sea birds, rocky ground and basking sharks. But the latest claim is that they could threaten the economic lifeline of an entire island. The Isle of Man government and business community are trying to prevent turbines being built in the Irish Sea.
People living on the East Coast can look forward to a good night’s sleep after an offshore wind farm developer agreed not to lay foundations for new turbines overnight Residents in Withernsea and further afield have been complaining bitterly about the “din from Dong” which began when the energy firm started laying piles for in February.
Energy giant withdraws from a series of planned wind farms, saying that limited subsidies and high costs are major hurdles for offshore wind farms The world's biggest offshore wind farm, the London Array, in the Thames Estuary.
Residents say they are fed up with loud hammering in the middle of the night from an offshore wind farm being constructed off the east coast. An MP has called for a meeting with Dong Energy after people in Withernsea and villages along the coast have been woken by the dull thud of piling for the huge turbines being constructed just offshore. ...Villagers a mile inland were also disturbed in the middle of the night.
A spokesman for RWE said: "RWE Innogy UK is preparing to remove three objects, identified as unexploded ordnance, from the seabed within the construction area of the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm.
Nautilus has dubbed the sector that operates boats for the UK's offshore windfarms the "wild west" of renewable energy. The union says basic safety rules are not being enforced, bullying and harassment are commonplace, crews lack training and are often forced to work in sea conditions beyond recommended limits. ...there is solid evidence of widespread malpractice and says Hammond's comments "smack of complacency."
Scottish Renewables has warned that Scotland’s offshore wind sector risks being “left in limbo”, as it claimed investment by major developers more than halved last year.
The world's biggest offshore wind farm has been proposed off Navitus Bay in Dorset, a scheme that would see 218 turbines built offshore, affecting Dorset and Devon, close to the coastline deemed a World Heritage Site. Mr Chope's Private Member's Bill it is running out of parliamentary time to complete the necessary stages should it clear its second reading.
Planners behind the Triton Knoll wind farm have cut the number of offshore turbines it will include. RWE Npower Renewables have reviewed their plans for the offshore wind farm and onshore energy development, which will be built near parts of the Lincolnshire coastline.
Hard volcanic rock in the seabed, the strength of wave action which could impede construction and the significant presence of basking sharks are the main reasons for the decision. Announcing its decision, ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) said the Argyll Array project was currently not financially viable in the short term.
Scottish Power scrapped plans for a huge offshore wind farm on Friday due to tricky ground and wave conditions and the presence of protected sharks, making it the third utility in two weeks to drop a wind project in British waters.
ScottishPower has scrapped plans for a £5.4bn wind farm off the west coast of Scotland, saying the seabed was too hard, the waves were too big - and it had discovered of hundreds of basking sharks in the area.
Ben Warren, environmental finance leader at consultants EY, said that some investors were wary of the U.K. because of the government's Electricity Market Reform, an overhaul of the electricity market that affects everything from nuclear to renewables. "Uncertainty surrounding the current energy framework in the U.K. is widening the time gap between investors announcing their intentions and taking action."
Plans for a huge wind farm off the North Devon coast have been shelved. Developer RWE Innogy is pulling the plug on the 240-turbine Atlantic Array project, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) told the BBC.
"Alex Salmond has a death wish for Scotland, where he wants to put these horrendous industrial wind turbines all over the place," Mr. Trump said in a telephone interview last week.