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Fears over more Powys turbines

Fears that ‘the black cloud’ of wind turbines may again be descending over Powys continue to mount. And campaigners are concerned that any potential decision to overturn previous refusals for such developments may open the door for others to get the green light.
15 Jan 2016

DECC forced to reconsider Wales wind farm applications

As part of the same decision two more wind farms were refused at Llaithddu and Llanbadarn Fynydd. DECC cited a number of reasons for refusing the four schemes, including concerns over the wind farms' effect on local biodiversity, local traffic, and landscape and visual impacts.
24 Dec 2015

SSE paid to shutoff windfarm

Turbines are switched off when gales strike and for essential maintenance. But they are also halted at the request of the National Grid to balance the volume of electricity in the system. Compensation in the form of “constraint payments” is negotiated by windfarm operators.
14 Dec 2015

Seven year battle to end plans for wind farm near Selby ends

Germany-based Prowind, had failed to respond to a letter asking them for updates to an environmental review within an allocated seven-day period. Their failure to respond meant the council disposed of their application. More than 1,000 people made formal objections to the council when the plans were first unveiled by Prowind in 2008.
11 Dec 2015

Giant wind turbine plan to be blocked

Plans for a 79-metre high wind turbine to power a water treatment plant in Lancashirelook set to be thrown out. County councillors will be advised next week to reject anapplication for the turbine at Heysham because insufficient information has been submitted about its likely impact on the ecology of the area.
3 Dec 2015

Arguments for wind turbines blowing hot and cold as rural dwellers complain

There are other dark clouds for wind energy. A High Court case on noise nuisance is due for a trial date in the new year. Seven families from the North Cork village of Banteer are suing the operator of a windfarm in their area, which the families claim has adversely affected their quality of life, principally through noise nuisance. The case will be closely observed. Other parties in Roscommon and Wexford, who claim to have been subjected to similar intrusions, are waiting in the wings.
3 Dec 2015

Government to review Scout Moor expansion decision

The expansion of the Scout Moor wind farm could yet be stalled after the planning approval was ‘called in’ for review by the Government. Proposals to extend the number of wind turbines at the site from 26 to 42 were approved by Rossendale council’s planning committee in September.
2 Dec 2015
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