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Proposals for the £8m development, consisting of seven turbines up to 132m tall at Barrel Law, near Roberton, were thrown out by Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee in September. German-based ABO Wind has now submitted an appeal to Holyrood’s planning and environmental appeals division.
Once these wind turbines reach the end of their limited lifespan, the challenge is how to continue using the structures, which are often costly to build. ...reusing the foundation generally requires more construction materials and disturbs the soil as much as a new foundation, meaning it is necessary to weigh the benefit of having turbines that can generate more power against the possible land disturbance they can cause.
Dumfries and Galloway Council rejected the 12-turbine Hopsrig project near Langholm. It concluded that the impact on the setting in the Eskdale valley meant the scheme should not proceed.
Hundreds of people have signed a petition against plans for a major windfarm near Penpont. Sanquhar II Community Windfarm would see 50 turbines built on the site, designed to extend the existing development to the north.
This small increase was reflected in its power generation figures, as renewables produced 6.2TWh between 1 January and 30 September in 2017, and 6.3TWh this year. However, Innogy explained that "particularly low wind levels, especially in the second and third quarters of 2018 in the UK and Germany, led to reduced utilisation of existing plants".
Fred Olsen Renewables wants to build seven new turbines, six of which will be nearly 500ft tall, at Paul’s Hill near Knockando. ...members of Moray Council’s planning committee unanimously agreed to write to ministers to object to the plans due to the impact they would have on the local environment.
A contractor for a major Moray Firth windfarm project has been accused of shutting out UK workers in favour of “cheap foreign labour”. Contracts seen by Energy Voice indicate a number of non-EU nationals on Seaway Heavy Lifting’s (SHL’s) Stanislav Yudin crane vessel have been earning below the national minimum wage.
Workers hired to build the flagship £2.6bn Beatrice offshore windfarm in Scotland have included migrants without proper immigration documents paid a fraction of the UK minimum wage, the Guardian can reveal.
I’ve argued that the company getting the go-ahead should be conditional on them undertaking a risk assessment, sharing that with the climbing community and then agreeing a risk management plan.” A spokeswoman from Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre said the area is “utilised by both teaching groups and individuals”.
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.