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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.
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”.
The cause of the accident is unknown and the company is assembling a team that will investigate at the site, spokesman Anders Riis said on Monday by phone. A lot of snow is expected this week, which may delay the work, he said. No one was injured in the incident. Sweden is turning to the most mature renewable energy source to replace old nuclear reactors.
It was at 9 pm on Saturday evening that the wind turbine gave way and fell to the ground. Pictures taken by Norran show how the tower folded a few meters above the ground and then the turbine housing, tower and blades crashed down. ...It is now Vestas that will carry out an investigation into the accident.
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.
Across Europe, some 14,000 blades from 4,700 first generation turbines are due to be decommissioned by the end of 2023. WindEurope’s End-of-Life Issues and Strategies Seminar (EoLIS 2020) aims to offer assistance. The guidance provides a comprehensive overview of the rules and regulations on decommissioning.
The collapse happened at the site of a wind farm under construction at Meenbog, near Ballybofey, County Donegal, last Thursday. A large quantity of peat slid down the hillside and ended up in the Mourne Beg River near Castlederg. ...The Ulster Angling Federation (UAF) has warned the river may struggle to recover fully from the landslide, which a spokesman labelled one of the largest pollution events in the history of Northern Ireland and Ireland.
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.
A County Tyrone river turned black by pollution from a peat bog landslide may struggle to recover fully, an angling group has warned. It happened at Meenbog Wind Farm, near Ballybofey, County Donegal, in the Republic of Ireland on Friday. The quantity of peat that entered the waterway that runs into the Derg river is not yet known.
A part of the wind turbine prototype “Vertical Sky A 32” with vertical rotors crashed on the wind test field during gusts. One of the three rotor arms and the 54-meter long rotor blade were in the field. Nobody was injured in the accident.
While there were no reports of injury or concerns that the local water supply could be affected, one councillor said 'there are serious questions about how this happened.' Councillor Gary Doherty of Donegal County Council said: 'I've this morning requested an immediate stop on all works at the site until a full investigation is carried out and the full extent of the damage caused is known.'
The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) ordered the Vardafjellet wind power plant in Rogaland to stop all its turbines because they disturb the TV signal. The turbines must be stopped until the problems have been fixed.
After turbines 1 and 3 were stopped, it was discovered that this was not sufficient to recover the TV signals. ...NVE has therefore made a new decision in the case. NVE has now ordered the shutdown of all turbines at Vardafjellet wind farm.
Residents of a picturesque Highland glen have gone head-to-head with developers over a wind farm name change. Developer Vento Ludens has told residents in the areas likely to be impacted by the wind farm near Glen Affric that the project name has changed from Fasnakyle to Fiodhag.
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.
Britain’s bid to build enough offshore windfarms to power every home in the country by 2030 risks being derailed by outdated regulation which is slowing investment in the electricity grid, according to one of the industry’s biggest players.
In a submission on the draft Offaly County Development Plan, the consortium is seeking planning regulations to protect this “significant infrastructure,” pointing out that radio astronomy ...due to I-LOFAR's extreme sensitivity, it is “vulnerable to interference (even as a result of low power emissions) from terrestrial sources such as wind turbines, photo-voltaic inverters, and emissions from switching electronics such as are used in LED lighting.
Northern Ireland Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has rejected the planning permission for the SSE Renewables’ 118.8MW Doraville Wind Farm in Tyrone. ...Mallon said: “This refusal was a finely balanced decision where I had to weigh up the various benefits with the harm to the local area. I carefully considered both the findings of the independent Public Inquiry alongside the recommendations of my planning officials.”
Mr Stelfox, who holds position in Mountaineering Ireland and Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland, said the Covid lockdown had shown people wanted to access the outdoors. He said the wind farm proposal was "absolutely outrageous" and would lead to "industrial exploitation" of a landscape which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.