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The SNP has done for Scotland's landscape what ISIS have done to Paymyra

John_muir_trust_wind_farm_visibility_map_thumb Scotland used to be a remarkably wild, unspoilt place. Not any more, though. There’s now only 40 per cent of Scotland left where wind turbines are not blighting the view. (And already that figure is out of date because lots more turbines have sprung up since like skeletons in Jason of the Argonauts, and many more are planned). And let’s not forget the human cost: all those Scots whose rural tranquillity and health have been jeopardised by these bat-chomping, bird-slicing, subsidy-troughing eco crucifixes.
23 Jul 2015

Wind farm project in jeopardy after Government announcement

A huge new wind farm project appears to be hanging in the balance after a Government announcement that it is to end a subsidy scheme a year earlier than expected. ...But the Institute of Mechanical Engineers said the Government move was welcome and onshore wind turbines were an intermittent and expensive way to generate low carbon energy.
20 Jun 2015

Big Wind's Big Barriers

Germancf2004-2014_thumb The output of DOE's models are easy to promote but reality paints a very different picture. DOE's Vision assumes 7 GW of wind built per year between 2014 and 2020, followed by 12 gigawatts per year between 2020 and 2030, and 17 GW every year after until 2050. The Agency points to the progress since 2009 as proof that a more aggressive wind roll-out is possible. But in many ways, the success of U.S. wind in those years is the very reason wind development will not grow, but continue to slow. 
15 Jun 2015

Northumberland campaigners 'cautiously' welcome new energy secretary's windfarm pledge

The new rules are expected to include a greater weighting towards the views of the community when it comes to a local authority planning committee making its final decision. Cornhill farmer Andrew Joicey, who has previously challenged wind-farm applications in Northumberland said: “We’ve heard promises like this before so we are cautiously optimistic.
18 May 2015

Tory victory a huge blow to UK green energy industry, campaigners warn

The new Government says it is committed to long-term and legally binding goals to cut carbon emissions. However, it has consistently emphasised the key role it expects improvements in energy efficiency – as opposed to green energy – to play in hitting those targets. It has also insisted that renewable power – which remains more expensive than fossil-fuel power – must be “cost-effective”.
10 May 2015

German backlash grows against coal power clampdown

A German energy industry association survey found that 53% of investors in power plants scheduled to come online in the next decade had frozen their involvement in the projects because of political uncertainty. “If politicians carry on as they do now then there will be no new, modern power stations. There are no incentives whatsoever for investments, despite politicians emphasising all the time that they aim to change this. It is also likely that further closures will follow.”
14 Apr 2015

Wind Energy: The big swindle

This investigative report by Armel Joubert des Ouches examines the spread of wind turbines throughout France. He calls on the French people, the politicians and ecologists who have remained somewhat honest, to put a stop to this monstrous boondoggle whose consequences will become rapidly irreparable.  The English subtitles were prepared by Friends Against Wind.
14 Apr 2015

Investors pull money out of power plant construction

Power companies in Germany are increasingly questioning whether to construction new power plants because of the energy revolution. Roughly half of the planned facilities now lack a concrete investment commitment, said Hildegard Müller, General Manager of the current lobby group BDEW on Monday at the Hannover Messe.
13 Apr 2015

As Germans block Danish wind, a new feud tests crisis-weary EU

In a growing spat that is undermining the European Union’s 150 billion euro ($160 billion) program to strengthen the bloc’s electricity links, leaders in Bavaria and other German regions are turning down wind power from the north. Their biggest objection is the aesthetics of it all: New transmission lines would have to be put up across centuries-old German towns to bring in more of the electricity.
10 Apr 2015

As Germans block Danish wind, a new feud tests crisis-weary EU

In a growing spat that is undermining the European Union’s 150 billion euro ($160 billion) program to strengthen the bloc’s electricity links, leaders in Bavaria and other German regions are turning down wind power from the north. Their biggest objection is the aesthetics of it all: New transmission lines would have to be put up across centuries-old German towns to bring in more of the electricity.
10 Apr 2015

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