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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.
he Welsh landscape could be destroyed if more wind farms are built, campaigners have warned. They accept the need for renewable energy but are concerned about the impact on tourism in some areas.
Wind turbines taller than Blackpool Tower are being proposed for a site near Langholm. E Power Ltd has submitted a scoping report for the Callisterhall scheme to the Scottish Government and the proposals are for up to 25 of the 720ft high structures, dwarfing the iconic tower which stands at 518 feet and nine inches tall.
"We sense that the visual impact of today's big turbines - much bigger than those deployed in Middelgrunden [the world's first commercial offshore wind farm] and Arklow - may become a political issue in time because where we're looking at the early deployments on the east coast is where most of the population lives."
A decision on whether the world's largest offshore wind farm will be built has been delayed amid fears it will harm endangered birds. The Government was meant to rule on October 2 whether or not the Hornsea Three wind farm - 120 kilometres off the north Norfolk coast - would get the go-ahead.
One of the turbines had caught alight where the blade is attached to the tower. Smoke from the fire could be seen from as far at the A19 flyover.
"We'll be absolutely there on the front line to attack it, because we believe what we've got now is more than we should have to bear... We've got the Snowdonia National Park and looking out from that you'll see this forest of metal turbines. It's just diabolical," he said. "Scenery is all part of what we sell as a tourist destination and tourism is our only industry. To put those there is industrialising the seascape.
The original intention was to dismantle the components of the Siemens turbine by crane. However, a suitable method of safely dismantling the turbine by this method could not be established and as a result, a controlled explosion was been identified as only feasible method for decommissioning the Siemens machine.
The proposed Viking Energy wind farm has suffered a huge blow after it failed to win government subsidy. The future of the 103-turbine, 457MW project has been left in doubt following the news announced this morning (20 September). It needs the subsidy to go ahead, meaning that the project – which has consent from Scottish ministers – has been shrouded in more uncertainty.
RSPB Scotland director Stuart Housden stressed that the wind farm projects threatened to kill thousands of Scotland’ s internationally protected sea birds every year, including thousands of puffins, gannets and kittiwakes. “While we fully support deployment of renewable energy, this must not be at any cost,” he said.
Data collected will include three-dimensional radar tracks as well as video footage of birds moving through the development. It will allow identification of specific species, showing flight height as well as individual and group behaviour. The findings will reveal whether and how often birds might be colliding with the giant structures or if they are being displaced from important feeding grounds.
Residents have monitored the site and claim to have evidence that proves the turbines produce more noise than any other windfarm in Cumbria. Gillian Haythornthwaite and Barry Moon, who have lived on Moor Road in Marton near the turbines for more than 20 years, said they are fervently against the proposed plans.
A partnership between Scottish and Southern Energy and the council-owned Viking Energy Shetland, signed in 2005, the windfarm is to largely be built on peatlands, raising fears over carbon release. ...While peatlands cover only 3% of the world's land area they contain nearly 30% of all carbon stored on land. Campaigners and experts warn that damage to the peatlands could be irreversible with degraded peat losing the ability to absorb carbon and potentially releasing thousands of tonnes back into the atmosphere.
In 2012, when the original planning application was submitted, SIC received 2,772 individual objections and 1109 letters of support. Mr Hay said: “The question is, is the environmental damage justified? We don’t think it is. Shetland has a unique landscape and we’re just horrified by the prospect of it.”
The focus shifted to offshore wind farms, and the new Contracts for Difference scheme for their subsidy. A kind of reverse auction, it encouraged operators to put in unfeasibly low bids for the prices at which offshore wind farms would generate. While many have heralded the apparently huge drop in offshore costs, no wind farms have actually begun operating at this rate. Industry experts doubt they ever will, suspecting the low offers were a ruse to lock out competition and then blackmail the government on pain of bankruptcy if the price is not raised. The days where developers saw a prospective wind farm as a licence to print money while policymakers extolled wind energy as clean, green and free are long gone.
The provisional report, which was submitted to regulators on Friday, suggests for the first time that the Hornsea offshore wind farm, which is owned and run by Denmark’s Orsted, may have tripped offline seconds before an outage at a smaller, gas-fired station. The findings, which were relayed to the Financial Times by people briefed on the report, suggest the blackout may have been avoided if not for an error at the wind farm.
The blackout may have been caused by the unexpected shutdowns of the Hornsea offshore wind farm, which is owned by the Danish wind farm company Orsted, and the Little Barford gas-fired power plant, owned by German utility giant RWE. National Grid data showed both of the generators dropped from the grid at around the same time. ...“We would have expected the system to cope with this size of loss of generation,” an Enappsys spokesman said. “This implies that there may have been [other] issues at the time of the trips.”