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Renowned for its stunning scenery, pure air and sense of peace, a new Viking battle is disturbing island life on Shetland more than a thousand years after the first.
A group of Lewis crofters are calling for a change to a law it claims is crippling the potential of communities wishing to use land for development. It follows the group losing an appeal in a long-running battle to build community-owned wind turbines on common grazings.
Scottish SPCA auxiliary inspector, Maggie Adkins, said: “On arrival it was clear the eagle had a serious head injury and it was also being eaten alive by midges. “It was found in a remote part of the island close to a large wind turbine, so this is likely to have been the cause of its injuries.”
The appeal went on to say that the wind turbine would not have been possible without the support of Budwieser, and that this advertisement is “intrinsically linked” to the renewable [energy] it will produce.
The protesters said they were concerned with the amount of peat that was being extracted, as peat is regarded as a valuable carbon sink and should not be disturbed to build a renewable energy project on.
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.
“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.”
Councillor David Moore, admitted he was personally a “not a great lover” of wind energy and also warned the turbines would make those off the coast of Walney look like “babies”. He added: “I look forward to us developing that position statement and I think it’s one that will create a lot of interest and debate in Copeland.
“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.”
“Discussions regarding community benefit are held separately to any planning discussions taking place,” the document adds. Highland Council says its position is clearly stated on its website, with the entry reading: “Scottish Government planning guidance prevents this type of payment from becoming a condition of planning permission.”
A worker is in "serious but stable condition" after suffering burns and falling from height at the Tom nan Clach wind farm in the Highlands.
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.
A bid to build a huge offshore wind farm has been held up because of the impact it would have on an endangered bird and a mid-Norfolk village. Alok Sharma, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, announced on Wednesday that he was “minded to approve” Hornsea Three wind farm, but the energy company behind it needed to give him more information before the end of September.
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.
Union says jobs bonanza for Scotland has been betrayed.
The concerns include the effect of the project on navigational safety of shipping traffic in immediately adjacent waters, the resilience of facilities and services accessed by that traffic, and in this context, the degree to which the proposed development was policy compliant.
The government has refused planning permission to a 340MW extension to Vattenfall's Thanet wind farm off the southeast coast of England, dealing a blow to the company's plans to expand the site's renewable power capacity. Business Secretary Alok Sharma refused consent to the project yesterday, citing concerns about the proposed extension's impact on marine navigation, shipping, and ports in the area.
More than 80 plants across England and Scotland were handed the so-called 'constraint payments', when supply outstrips demand, by National Grid, as thousands of buildings lying empty following the coronavirus lockdown contributed to a nosedive in demand for energy.
A three-day online public inquiry will take place over the planned compulsory purchase (CPO) of land, including part of Carnoustie’s famous golf links, for work associated with what will become Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm.
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.