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Residents of the Clonroche area are due to host an open public meeting on Thursday night to address concerns over the potential construction of three large wind turbines at Ballinaclay Hill.
The Thanet Offshore Wind facility located approximately 12 km off Foreness Point, Margate, and the most eastern part of Kent. The project has been operational since 2010 and consists of 100 Vestas V90 3MW wind turbines for a total installed capacity of 300MW.
Residents of both affected towns have responded in opposition in multiple surveys. The Somerset Town Board is 100 percent opposed and the Yates town supervisor, who had not opposed it, was voted out of office in November. The legislatures in Niagara and Orleans counties are on record against it. New York State Sen. Rob Ortt told a packed meeting at the Barker Fire Hall on Dec. 8, “This project needs to stop. My focus is to kill the project.”
Developing wind energy offshore South Carolina’s coast will be a long and complicated project that could take as long as a decade, but if no private investors come forward to pay for the effort the entire process would be dead in the water.
Nine controversial wind farms have been refused or blocked in the past 18 months because they were planned for areas which are designated as wild land. The developments would have seen more than 192 more turbines erected in some of the more remote and rugged parts of the country.
The independent report concludes that most installed windfarms have altered the balance of features within the landscape locally ...it notes the potential for harmful adverse cumulative landscape and visual and character effects is increasing, and in more sensitive locations, significant.
Massive wind turbines in Northumberland have “dramatically” and “abruptly” interrupted views of the county’s attractions and landscapes, a council report claims.
This powerful news broadcast highlights the divide between urban residents clamoring for action to address climate change and the worry and concerns of wind farm development in the rural areas. To view the broadcast, click the image on this page.
About 100 people attend a forum in Morro Bay hosted by Trident Winds. Residents questioned officials about impacts to fishing, views, lights and the environment. Trident plans to file the first of three dozen permit applications in January
The plans attracted strong local opposition, and planning officers seemed to have taken the views of the objectors on board when they recommended that councillors refuse to grant planning permission because of the impact the turbines would have on the landscape and local heritage.
Changes to the landscape are inevitable. But farmers shouldn’t be conscripted to serve a climate-change agenda. States should think twice before granting the power of eminent domain to developers of renewable-energy projects, who should have to negotiate with individual landowners like everybody else.
I'm not alone in saying turbines have a "visual impact." British landscape painters were up in arms against the wind turbines that were covering the UK's hills in 2006. Their protest echoed a host of other aesthetes, reactionaries, and concerned landowners standing with placards across the country to oppose new wind farms.
About 130 people crammed into Montney Recreational Hall this week to voice their concerns. Montney resident Delbert Benterud organized the emotionally-charged public meeting as a platform for neighbours to come together and express opinions on the project, which were by and large voices of opposition. “We’re going to see these things all over the whole valley,” said Lorna Wollen, who lives in the property next to the proposed turbines.
This view of the Wolfe Island wind energy facility demonstrates how the turbines overwhelm the community.
The Tribunal found “that the planned Settlers Landing wind project in Pontypool will cause serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment.”...Coun. Stauble said the windcompany "...must adhere to a 550 metre setback, and to do so means they would have to put those turbines in the woodlands. Which they are now not allowed to do.”
Brookfield Renewable UK, formerly known as PNE Wind UK, was working on a scheme for nine turbines near an existing 28 - 125m high - close to Alnwick in Northumberland. The company has now pulled the plug on its project, citing changes in planning policy.
Ministers have refused to give consent to two proposed wind farms in the Highlands as they would have a “significant and unacceptable” impact on landscape. Sallachy and Duchally Estates in Sutherland had proposed constructing 22 turbines. Energy giant SSE sought permission for 23 turbines at Glencassley Estate, near Lairg.
Melton Council had originally turned down both applications, in 2012, on grounds that the turbines would, ...be widely visible. But both schemes went to appeal and, in 2013 and planning inspector Wendy Burden gave them the go-ahead. But those decisions were later quashed by the High Court, with the schemes reverting back to the appeal stage.
The first phase identifies national conservation lands and designates areas of critical environmental concern, wildlife allocations, and national scenic and historic trail management corridors to conserve biological, cultural and other values. Furthermore, the DOI says special recreation management areas and extensive recreation management areas are identified to recognize and promote recreational opportunities and public access. Thus, these lands would be closed to renewable energy and benefit from adaptive management in the face of climate change, the agency explains.
“The extraordinary thing about this is we don’t have a planning system to deal with it. This is the equivalent of a factory being built in the middle of a new suburb,” Taylor told broadcaster Alan Jones in October. “People would scream about it and so they should.”