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Lack of wind sparks National Grid energy alert

In a statement, the National Grid Electricity Systems Operator (ESO) said: "Unusually low wind output coinciding with a number of generator outages means the cushion of spare capacity we operate the system with has been reduced." It added that it was exploring measures to ensure that there was enough generation available to increase its capacity, and would update the market later on Wednesday evening.
14 Oct 2020

Drone crashes into wind turbine in 'extremely rare' incident

The pilot decided to fly the aircraft at 400 ft above the ground to provide clearance of 72 ft between it and the top of the turbine blades, which the pilot assessed to be a sufficient distance," the statement continued. "However, the aircraft was destroyed when it flew into a wind turbine which had a height of 413 ft above the ground."
16 Sep 2020

Wind farms built on carbon-rich peat bogs lose their ability to fight climate change

But what of wind turbines built on top of sensitive, natural environments – does low-carbon energy still help reduce emissions if it involves disturbing the kinds of habitats that are effective at trapping carbon and keeping it out of the atmosphere? This is an important question, but it is one that is too rarely being asked. In our recent study, we found that wind farms in Spain are being built on rare peat bogs that store vast quantities of planet-warming carbon. Because these habitats are so poorly mapped, there’s a good chance that this mistake is being replicated in many other places throughout Europe, including the UK.
5 Aug 2020

Split at country charity over its support for energy farms

“Wind turbines have been very disruptive to the landscape where they've been allowed. They do not in any way match the character of the British landscape,” said Mark Sullivan, the Chairman of CPRE West Midlands, who has written to 25 MPs with local constituencies. He added that solar farms are an “insidious” presence. ...Mr Sullivan argues that the national CPRE does not reflect its membership’s view on the subject, and says if wind and solar farms return to the countryside “the long and costly fights against them will resume.”
13 Jul 2020

Millions generated for energy firms when Highland turbines stop spinning

“Already, on windy days or days when the country’s demand is low, the electricity grid cannot cope with production from the wind farms already operating in Caithness and Sutherland. “This has led to eye-watering sums being paid to wind farm operators to turn off turbines – money that ultimately comes from all electricity customers.”
4 Jul 2020

Green light for Norfolk Vanguard as UK government stalls on Hornsea Three

But environmental concerns remain over Ørsted’s 231-turbine 2400MW Hornsea Project Three ...Sharma wrote that he was “not able to grant consent to the development at this time”, as the project presented an unacceptably high risk of collisions with the protected kittiwake bird in the EU-protected Flamborough and Filey coast special protection area.
2 Jul 2020

Fallago Rig wind farm expansion bid rejected

A bid had been lodged to add an extra 12 turbines to the 48 already operational on the site. However, the Scottish government has now rejected those as they would "magnify, intensify and extend" the impact of the current wind farm. The application to build the first phase was lodged in 2005, prompting a lengthy campaign against the project.
30 Jun 2020

Global green energy growth to fall for first time in 20 years: IEA

Global growth in new renewable energy capacity will experience its first annual decline in 20 years this year amid the coronavirus pandemic but is expected to pick up next year, the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday. The world is set to build fewer wind turbines, solar plants and other installations that produce renewable electricity this year as energy demand has been reduced across commercial and industrial sectors and logistics issues delay projects.
20 May 2020

Wind farm developer successfully petitions for judicial review against MoD

The MOD opposed the application for a time extension. Prior to bringing a petition for judicial review, the petitioner had engaged with the MOD to try and resolve the dispute by other means, but nothing had come of this. The petitioner was aware that their arguments were falling on deaf ears, had been aware of all relevant matters since at least May 2018, and judicial review had been in their contemplation since then. It had been inappropriate and unreasonable, having regard to the principle of good administration, to wait until the end of 2019 before raising proceedings.
22 Apr 2020

National Grid may pay wind farms to shut down as demand for electricity drops 20 per cent during pandemic

Today, wind farms are supplying around 32 per cent of the UK's electricity demand, producing more than 7,000 megawatts of power, however, the National Grid has noticed an oversupply of electricity during the lockdown. Homeowners are using more power domestically, but that is significantly less than the amount which would ordinarily be used by industry. National Grid has now warned that, on some days this summer, electricity demand may fall below the 'baseload' output from inflexible power plants, such as nuclear power reactors, which can take hours to shut down safely.
17 Apr 2020

Wind farm opposition groups concerned that developers will take advantages of temporary change in planning legislation

Wind farm opposition groups across the north fear temporary changes in planning legislation will play into the hands of ‘unscrupulous developers’. Under the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act developers no longer have to mount public exhibitions of their plans, or make them available for physical inspection in places like libraries, services, and council offices due to the “significant risk of transmission of coronavirus”.
17 Apr 2020

Scotland's wind power growth at a standstill

Figures from the Scottish Government also revealed no new net capacity was added in the country between last June and December. Industry leaders have warned Scotland needs to quadruple its output if it is to wean its home heating and transport sectors off fossil fuels.
6 Apr 2020

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