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Yes, Big Wind has finally admitted: all those bat-chomping, bird-slicing eco-crucifixes dotted hither and thither over the choicest parts of the matchlessly beautiful English landscape were entirely unnecessary. They’re sitting on those hilltops, turning or not turning as the case may be, making so little difference to Britain’s “energy security” or power supplies or carbon emissions reductions or economy that really they might just as well not be there.
England is not windy enough to justify building any more onshore wind turbines, the chief executive of wind industry trade body has admitted.
“The council received confirmation on Wednesday that the application for two wind turbines on land near Wilton Village, which was submitted in February 2014, has been withdrawn by the applicant."
The Supreme Court of Bavaria has upheld a controversial state wind distance rule that has already drastically reduced the number of permits for new wind farms in Germany's biggest state. ...In late 2014, the state government enacted legislation stipulating that wind parks need to be built at a minimum distance to the nearest housing of ten times the turbine height (measured from the tower base to the tip of the blade).
Despite renewable energy sources being heavily hyped as a sustainable solution to humanity's growing energy problem, actual support for the green power has been shrinking. Falling electricity prices and henceforth lower profitability have led a dramatic drop in investment in the Swedish wind energy sector.
The decision by Scottish Ministers to allow the project to go ahead was taken despite the Scottish Government’s own advisors Scottish Natural Heritage advising that a wind farm should not be built at Stronelairg because of its wild land qualities."
Astronomers claim that the placement of the 200 metre high windmills will interfere with the low-frequency array (Lofar) which uses thousands of low-frequency antennae to survey the universe. Because of their height, the windmills reflect other radio and television signals towards the Lofar station.
Permission was sought by the Farm Energy Partnership to erect the 500kw structure, with a blade tip height of 77 metres on land west of North Moor Lane, Yaddlethorpe, Bottesford.
Chairman of Villages of the Cliff Against Turbines (Vocat), Ernest Coleman, said: “The news about the cancellation of the Brown’s Holt Wind Farm is both welcome and inspirational. “At last the message is beginning to get through the developer’s camouflage, and the realities are striking home.
Vestas recorded orders totalling 2.4GW in the first quarter of 2016, but revenues were 4% down year-on-year.
Danish wind-turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS.KO) on Friday reported a 38% fall in first-quarter net profit amid weaker deliveries during the first few months of the year, but beat analyst expectations.
Less wind fuelled a 25 per cent fall in underlying profits to £84 million at ScottishPower’s renewables business in the first three months of the year. Milder weather also contributed to a 3 per cent fall in underlying profits to £174m at the company’s retail and generation business – which includes the supply of power to domestic and business customers.
"The wind industry goes into schools in Scotland and never is the other side of the story told. Youngsters are being brainwasher into thinking we'd be doomed without windfarms. It's a cynical ploy to keep the subsidies flowing into the next generation."
“It beggars belief that the university has spoken to no one locally about its plans before making this application. It’s ignored standard good practice and steamed ahead as if the local communities do not exist.”
Padraig Dolan of The Meath Wind Information Group (MWIG), the community-based organisation which successfully opposed the first application, said that when members of the public started to ask probing questions, a signal seems to have been given to limit the number of people allowed in.
There 'is the potential for 500 to 750 megawatts' of onshore wind that will be, or is threatened to be dismantled. That is a quarter of the power generated by onshore wind energy in the Netherlands.
Hundreds of wind turbines in the Netherlands are operating at a loss and are in danger of being demolished. The main cause is the very low energy prices, which mean that the maintaining the turbines cost more than what the generated energy brings in.
Older windmills now often need money for maintenance, insurance, measurement services, and in some cases the lease. Wind should be a pleasure, supplementing the income of a farmer. Now such a mill is increasingly a burden.
The German and Spanish companies plan to combine their wind assets to form the world's biggest wind farm manufacturer ahead of Denmark's Vestas, but the project has stalled over how to deal with Gamesa's existing venture with France's Areva.
I think the fact that our overwhelming emotion is relief is probably an indication of how much we have been affected just by the threat of this terrible development, and over a prolonged period. This means the application is dead in the water.