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Is there a dark side to green energy?

‘Renewables are just not what people think they are. People think that they harmonise society with the natural world but that’s fantasy. Renewables can’t save the planet, are we going to keep letting them destroy it?’ ...Pound for pound, however, rare earths are vastly more intensive to extract and refine. To Shellenberger that, in combination with renewables’ unreliable, diffuse power, makes the entire green-energy revolution – Boris’s billions and Biden’s trillions – a vast mistake. ‘Renewables are going to have to fail, and they will fail spectacularly everywhere over the next several years, before we discover that really there’s no alternative, in terms of climate change, to doing a lot of nuclear.’
16 Jan 2021

Bird charity warns of harm from new wind farm

The RSPB says kittiwakes will need to fly through the area, dodging turbines, to reach feeding grounds. ...The developers have promised to compensate for the impact on the birds. They plan to do this by building four bespoke nesting towers to encourage them on land. But the RSPB says it will take a decade to see whether this idea works – and that will be too late because the wind farms will be up and running by then.
2 Jan 2021

EPA considers legal action over damage from wind farm landslide

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said it is considering legal action against those responsible for a landslide at the construction site of a new wind farm. Last November’s slide at Meenbog in Co Donegal brought thousands of tonnes of peat and trees down the hillside and into the River Finn. ...Invis Energy, owners of the turbines which are being built to supply energy to Amazon data centres, declined to comment. 
30 Dec 2020

Border TelegraphWind farm would 'completely dominate' surrounding area, warns Borders resident

A Borders resident says they are “worried” about plans to build a wind farm near their home. Last month, this newspaper reported that E Power Limited will apply for planning permission to build the farm at Ditcher Law north of Oxton. But now a village resident says the proposal to build 15 wind turbines is “not really suitable” for the area.
25 Dec 2020

Rogart residents fear encirclement as developer of rejected Sutherland wind farm goes to appeal

“But worse is that the proposed turbines will be part of the landscape in which people live and work and through which they walk, cycle and drive, and their feelings run deep.” The group carried out a survey of residents’ feelings about Kilbraur2, to find that 82% were against it. Mrs Perera said: “Wind 2 knows – because their own research revealed it – that local people are vehemently opposed to this added blight, and yet they still wish to proceed despite this opposition.”
24 Dec 2020

Residents face 'corporate bullying' over wind farms in Reay area, says councillor

A Caithness councillor has claimed that residents in the Reay area are being subjected to "corporate bullying" over the scale of wind farms planned for the surrounding area. Councillor Matthew Reiss said villagers fear being almost encircled by turbines and he accused renewable energy companies of "utter insensitivity to the wishes of local people".
9 Dec 2020

Fate of wind turbines planned for site near north-east village to be decided by councillors after hundreds of objections

Controversial plans by a north-east energy firm to build wind turbines on the edge of a village have prompted more than 340 objections from nearby residents. St Fergus Energy Limited hopes to build two 119 metre high turbines on land between the village and the gas terminal, owned by North Sea Midstream Partners on the nearby coast line. However the proposals, submitted by Midlothian firm Green Cat Renewables, have prompted outcry from the community.
28 Nov 2020

Will birds be in danger when more windfarms are built?

It’s an important question on the Yorkshire coast, where over 500 wind turbines are situated offshore and a further 800 are under construction or planned. All are located on what is a major route for birds migrating to and from northern Europe as well as fishing grounds for seabirds like gannets, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills and puffins which nest on the chalk cliffs at Bempton and Flamborough.
25 Nov 2020

Leading Scottish wind firm under fire over alleged tax avoidance

One of Scotland’s leading wind power companies has come under attack for allegedly avoiding millions of pounds of tax by being owned in the Cayman Islands. Ventient Energy, which operates 13 wind farms in Scotland and is headquartered in Edinburgh, is a subsidiary of a company registered in Luxembourg. That company is in turn owned by a firm in the Caymans, a new report has revealed. ...Ventient is also closely tied to the biggest US bank, JP Morgan Chase. It is seen by some as the bank’s “European renewable energy platform”.
23 Nov 2020

Public inquiry into controversial Highland wind farm closes

A public inquiry into plans for a 39-turbine wind farm in a Highland mountain range has heard it could ultimately lead to a “complex larger than the city of Dundee” being built on a “once tranquil plateau”. The proposed Glenshero development would be sited next to the recently built 66-turbine Stronelairg wind farm in the Monadhliath mountains.
21 Nov 2020

Offshore wind farms: Study to be carried out on risk of seabird collision with turbines

RSPB Scotland has welcomed the new research, with the charity hopeful it will accurately expose the dangers of offshore windfarms to wildlife for the first time. North anti-windfarm protesters, however, claim the commissioning of the study is “too little, too late”. The 11-turbine Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm is already operating, while two of the largest offshore wind projects in the world ...are under construction.
18 Nov 2020

Protect marine life from WWII bomb detonations on wind farm sites, urges Joanna Lumley

Ms Lumley and marine conservation groups fear that more whales and dolphins could be harmed after Boris Johnson promised to ramp up the UK’s offshore wind capacity and are calling for less harmful methods to be used. There is limited data on the impact of exploding ordnance in the sea, but a 2015 study on one area of the North Sea suggested 88 explosions had “very likely” caused permanent hearing loss in 1,280 Harbour Porpoises. 
3 Nov 2020

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