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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.
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."
The 'disappearing wind' meant turbines generated less than two per cent of the country's power - the lowest figure for more than two years. Britain got 15 per cent of its power from wind last year – twice as much as coal. But on June 2, this figure fell to just 1.1 per cent, with only 0.3 gigawatts of energy being produced around 10am.
Britain is experiencing a “wind drought” ...July’s wind energy output so far is down 40 per cent when compared to the same period last year. Ireland is facing similar problems with a lack of wind while falling water levels in rivers have also curtailed hydroelectric power generation in July.
Reassurances are being sought that the construction of the world’s biggest offshore windfarm off the coast of Norfolk will not create dangerous conditions on some of the county’s roads.
The Derry City and Strabane District Council area is over capacity for wind farms and carrying an unfair burden compared to other council areas, says Sinn Fein councillor Dan Kelly.
Britain got 15 per cent of its power from wind last year - twice as much as coal; Since the start of June, wind farms have been producing barely any electricity; The 'wind drought' has meant turbines have generated less than two per cent of the country's power this month
Angry Conservatives have claimed the Scottish Government is planning a multi-million pound money grab from the Borders by charging for work undertaken by the local council on wind farm applications.
Developers EDF Renewables have only offered to pay villages £2,000 per MW of electricity generated every year instead of the £5,000 recommended by the Scottish Government. The power firm claims other benefits, including a visitor centre dedicated to the wind farm and upgraded paths on the site, will make up some of the difference to locals.
The High Court judge said Good Energy Generation Limited's offer to cut local's electricity rates and invest in the community lacked detail and firm commitment
Mid Ulster District Council’s Planning Committee has turned down a controversial plan for the construction of eight wind turbines near Cookstown.
A statement released by Michael Reid of Meston Reid and Co said cuts to renewables pushed through by Westminster in 2015, including the end of the main subsidies for onshore wind, had created problems for the company.
Objections ranged from the impact the developments at Limekiln and Drum Hollistan would have on the landscape, rare birds and property values to noise, shadow flicker and their perceived deterrent effect on tourism, and in particular the North Coast 500.
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A decision to reject a Perthshire wind farm has been overturned at appeal. ...Andrew Sikes determined the council had “acted in an unreasonable manner” and he also found them liable for expenses.
Wind farms were paid more than £100 million last year to switch off their turbines and NOT produce electricity, the Telegraph can disclose. ...Incredibly, the wind farms receive on average 40 per cent more cash when they are switched off than when they are producing electricity, according to an analysis of official figures.
Environmental activists have withdrawn an advertising campaign after being accused of making false claims about the price of wind energy. The poster ...claimed the price of wind farming had dropped by 50 per cent over two years. Following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority, Greenpeace and a coalition of other environmental groups agreed not to use them again