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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

Blow for BiFab as offshore wind farm bid collapses

"Both the First Minister and the Prime Minister promised a green jobs revolution but they didn't tell anyone it would be exported, and it all amounts to broken promises to workers who needed these yards to be thriving instead of dying. "The fabrication contracts for NnG, just like those on the Seagreen project, will be manufactured by the rest of the world.
21 Oct 2020

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

Osprey chick was killed by turbine

"However, in late September, we heard the truly distressing news that the body of this year's youngster (KC5) had been found adjacent to a wind turbine, some 4.8km south-east of the nest, on August 6. "This is clearly a very sad outcome for all concerned, and we will be working with RWE Renewables UK and other stakeholders to assess and implement opportunities to reduce the risks of any future, similar occurrence.
12 Oct 2020

Floating offshore wind sector faces ‘huge’ mobilisation challenges

“Not only are there huge engineering and technical challenges but there’s just a huge mobilisation challenge for the industry to get up and running. “One of the biggest obstacles that we all face at the moment is establishing that framework of different policies to enable that rapid growth, because it has to be swift.” Mr Torr explained another challenge lies in driving down the cost of developments in order to make them more competitive.
10 Oct 2020

Zion Lights, former Extinction Rebellion spokesperson, has doubts about Boris Johnson's plan to make every home wind-powered by 2030

For all the invocations of harnessing our gusty shores in some ‘green revolution’, the proclamations do not stand up to scrutiny. Even if we cranked up wind power provision to the level the Prime Minister proposes (40 gigawatts), this amount would power only about half the homes in Britain - or 7 percent of the total national energy demand.
7 Oct 2020

Windfarm proposal: ‘It’s the wrong development in the wrong location’

Aberdeenshire Council’s planning service recommended refusal on the grounds that the application is contrary to its Local Development Plan Policy and added that it would have a visual impact and could have an impact on aircraft and aviation. Councillor Ann Ross said: “I think that the scale of the additional turbines would almost make it an industrial site and the sense of encroachment. I think it’s the wrong development in the wrong location and I have to agree with the recommendation.”
6 Oct 2020

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