Articles from Africa
The Virginia General Assembly in 2020 passed a law called the Virginia Clean Economy Act that strips regulators of some of the traditional decision-making power over utility projects, however, and directs the SCC to approve up to $9.8 billion in customer cost recovery for the wind farm. A news release from Dominion Energy on Friday estimated the project cost at that same amount — $9.8 billion.
An unusual lightning strike during a severe storm that sheared off the tip of a wind turbine blade at Waainek wind farm west of Makhanda has put it out of action for more than two months. A specialised team has been working night and day at the Highlands Road site to repair it.
Successive governments have been assigning dates for its completion but to no avail. Since 2005 when the government of Governor Umaru Musa Yar’adua started the project before it was taken over by the federal government in 2007, many dates have been fixed with no result.
With all the socioeconomic and environmental positives that come with having a protected space for the animals to live and roam freely — albeit within a fenced area — it is surprising that a proposal to erect a wind farm within the 10km buffer zone of the park was approved by the department of forestry, fisheries and the environment. Though it is being appealed, the fact that the project may interfere with the elephants’ ability to communicate with each other, according to conservation lobby groups, is a cause for concern.
Pippa Hudson interviewed acoustic engineer Terry McKenzie-Hoy about his study into the impact of wind turbine noise on elephants and their communication. McKenzie-Hoy was commissioned to look into the phenomenon ahead of the expansion of the existing farm at Bayview, which will consist of 43 turbines taller than any building in Cape Town.
SOUTH AFRICA - A Wind Farm site near Oyster Bay was robbed by at least 10 armed men on Saturday.
In South Africa, recent research found that 36% of birds killed by wind turbines were birds of prey. These birds have long lifespans and produce relatively few young each year, which means that even a small increase in deaths can cause their populations to decline. This wind-wildlife conflict has been termed a green-green dilemma: more clean energy and healthy bird populations are both desirable environmental goals, yet with detrimental counter effects.
“Men, women and children are working without even the most basic protective equipment such as gloves and face masks,” said Mark Dummett of Amnesty International, which has investigated the cobalt-mining crisis in DRC. “In one village we visited, people showed us how the water in the local stream that they drank was contaminated by the discharge of waste from a mineral processing plant.”
Google’s high-profile plan to buy a stake in Kenya’s Lake Turkana wind farm project has ended without a deal, Vestas, which developed and supplied turbines to the flagship development, has confirmed to Recharge.
Over 800 birds were killed after colliding with turbines at 20 wind energy facilities (WEFs) in South Africa between 2014 and 2018, a new study has revealed. The toll includes species of conservation concern such as endangered Cape Vultures and Black Harriers, both endemic to southern Africa.
The Treasury has redirected Sh1 billion meant for Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) line project and street lighting to financing post-Covid-19 economic recovery plans. The decision ...set to delay the taxpayers' pain of sinking more money into the contentious project.
US energy firm Cordisons International has lost an 11-year battle to put up a Sh21 billion wind power farm in Lamu County.
South Africa’s 22 wind farm power operators say that they were not consulted about Eskom’s plan for them to cease producing electricity, due to reduced demand during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Numerous unskilled youth employed as construction labourers now find it hard to resume their pastoralist lifestyles in the quest for a false promise of urbanisation. They have turned to drug abuse and crime. Young women and school-going girls have dropped out of school to become sex workers to earn money from project workers. ...Claims of unfulfilled promises include pledges of social amenities like health and education. Community members feel cheated. Lake Turkana Wind Power Limited needs to address this in order to foster a positive atmosphere for the project to thrive.
Delays to complete, Africa’s largest wind farm project located in Kenya has resulted in American technology giant, Google, patience running out.
American technology giant Google has cancelled plans to buy a 12.5 percent stake in Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP), Africa’s largest wind farm that was officially commissioned last July. ...“Due to delays relating primarily to the transmission line, the Vestas agreement with Google was cancelled in 2019,” said Vestas. “As Vestas’ strategy doesn’t include being a long-term wind park owner, we’re currently in commercial dialogues with potential buyers of our shares.”
Chief Justice David Maraga has appointed a new three-judge bench to hear a land case between Lake Turkana Wind Power Ltd and Marsabit residents after the previous judges recused themselves. ...The residents say they cannot access the expansive land for grazing, and want nullification of the title deed issued to the wind power company which seeks to inject 310mw into the national grid.
Kenya recently launched the Lake Turkana Wind Power project, Africa’s largest wind energy project and the biggest public-private investment in Kenyan history. The wind farm will produce 300MW of low-cost renewable energy for Kenya’s national grid.
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The year was 2017 and all eyes were on Ketraco, which was by now a year late in delivering the 435km Loiyangalani-Suswa transmission line linking Lake Turkana wind farm to the national grid. The project had stalled in as many months, with billions of shillings already having been spent. But the delay had less to do with Ketraco and more with the contracted Spanish company, Isolux Corsan, whose government happened to be the project financier through State loans.