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Planners still have concerns about a proposed wind farm in Moray despite developers reducing the size and number of turbines. ...Now the developers have put forward scaled-back proposals – described as a “fall back option” – for the site to north of Archiestown, and west of Rothes. The revised plans reduce the number of turbines by six, with 15 at 490ft and a further eight reaching 570ft.
The £1.3 billion Western Link was originally due to come online in 2015, but only began operating at full capacity in December 2019. The high cost of balancing the grid given the surge in wind power and the outage comes after The Times reported that in the first six months of 2020, £55.7 million was paid out in constraint payments, while in the whole of 2019 £130 million of constraint payments were made.
“Transitioning to a zero carbon grid and increasing the penetration of intermittent, renewable generation means that conditions on the grid can become more volatile." ...But this boom in wind has also meant that constraint management is becoming increasingly challenging and expensive. In the first six weeks of 2020, National Grid made £55.7 million worth of payments for constraint management, almost half of the total of £130 million paid in 2019.
POWYS County Council (PCC) has been rapped over the knuckles by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to respond to a request for information within the statutory time limit of 20 days.
But fraudster Robert McKechnie, 72, took the money and ran, a court heard. He admitted three counts of fraud when he appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Tuesday. Two involved Sydney, and a third against another victim, a woman from St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, who handed over £78,435. The turbines never materialised.
He said he did not think Scottish projects would “provide sufficient supply chain demand to provide sustainable business for the supply chain”. SSE Renewables’ upcoming project, the 114-turbine Seagreen offshore wind farm off the coast of Montrose, has attracted criticism after correspondence appeared to show the lion’s share of jacket manufacturing work will be carried out at a huge yard in the Far East.
‘It is now feasible to mine the seabed. Hence the threats to creatures like the scaly-foot snail’ Jean-Baptiste Jouffray, Stockholm university
Wind farms were paid up to £3 million per day to switch off their turbines and not produce electricity last week, The Telegraph can disclose. Energy firms were handed more than £12 million in compensation following a fault with a major power line carrying electricity to England from turbines in Scotland.
So-called 'constraint payments', a sort of compensation, have been paid to energy firms in charge of wind farms, when demand for electricity falls or winds are too strong for turbines to operate. These costs are added to consumers' electricity bills. ...According to the Renewable Energy Foundation, 2018 was a record year for constraint payments, reaching a staggering £124,649,106 - surpassing the total in 2017 of £108,247,860.
In October, Orsted’s share price fell by more than 7pc when it warned that its wind farms were producing less power than expected. The company blamed this dip in production on the fact that wind turbines block each others wind, thereby decreasing its efficiency. Orsted suggested that phenomenon had been traditionally underestimated across the wind energy industry, which has been under pressure in recent times as bountiful government subsidies are swapped for competitive auction systems.
Alex Salmond hailed it as a green revolution that would create clean energy and more jobs. But wind farms are now raking in more public cash than ever before – for not generating electricity at all.
The customers who were able to pop on a middle-of-the-night laundry load could have earned a renewables windfall of between 1p and 5p for every kWh of electricity they used, rather than spending double this rate to run appliances for only a few hours later.
Yesterday, the firm’s partners Muirburn Energy held a drop-in session in the village hall to unveil rejigged plans to erect seven 4.2 megawatt turbines on the same site. The blade-tip height of the turbines has been cut from 139 metres to 125 metres while they have been set back further from both the A836 and the coastline.
The predicted cost of decommissioning the UK’s offshore wind farms has already risen to about £4 billion, the audience heard at a conference in St Andrews yesterday.
The Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that a district council acted unlawfully when, in granting planning permission for a wind turbine, it took into account a proposed donation to a local community fund. ..."they were proffered as a general inducement to the Council to grant planning permission and constituted a method of seeking to buy the permission sought, in breach of the principle that planning permission cannot be bought or sold."
Objector David Craig said local people are furious about what they claim is a democratic ‘outrage’. The two schemes were the subject of a public local inquiry which attracted hundreds of objections and a 1,500-strong petition. Scottish Ministers approved the application by Infinergy and Boralex at Limekiln but rejected the 17-turbine scheme lodged by Drum Hollistan Renewables LLP.
A wind farm developer has scaled back plans for a turbine extension in Moray following community feedback.
A billion-pound wind farm has been closed for more than two weeks after a technical fault brought it to a standstill. Rampion Wind Farm, which is 13km off the Sussex coast, is still out of commission after an electrical problem on October 26.
The energy minister is to launch a review into the impact wind farms have onshore amid claims the countryside is being “concreted over” with substations and cable corridors built as supporting infrastructure. The move has been welcomed by campaigners who have been fighting proposals in the East of England to build substations and cable trenches “the size of Wembley stadium” to get electricity from wind farms to the National Grid.
Appeal Court judges have overturned a landmark High Court ruling on the extent to which applicants can vary existing permissions after finding that a planning inspector acted "beyond her powers" in allowing a variation to conditions attached to a wind farm consent.