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Inspector Colin Convery said: "The motive for this attack of vandalism is unclear and whoever targeted this site was intent on causing as much destruction as possible with no thought as to how much damage was done or how much it would cost to repair.
A planning application for wind turbines on a hill near Clonroche has led to concern that further wind farm developments will be built in the New Ross district.
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.
Councillors have deferred making a decision on a planned extension of Gordonbush Wind Farm in Sutherland until after they visit the site.
The largest windfarm ever proposed for Angus has had the plug pulled because of “uncertainty” over government subsidies, The Courier can reveal.
The world’s biggest producer of wind turbines has accused Britain of obstructing use of new technology that can slash costs, preventing the wind industry from offering one of the cheapest forms of energy without subsidies.
More information has been submitted for 13 wind turbines to be built near the existing windfarm in Carno.
Plans to create what would have been the first windfarm of its kind in Scotland on rural farmland near Pitscottie have been abandoned.
Borders councillors have reacted angrily to having their carefully-considered policies on the siting of future turbines sacrificed on the altar of Scottish Government renewable energy targets.
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.
Bilsthorpe Parish Council had objected to the proposal, because of its visual impact and potential detriment to wildlife.
While Mr White insists Ireland has obligations to reduce its carbon emissions and must drive ahead with new turbine projects, Mr Kelly is under pressure to ensure communities can keep new windfarms at a distance from their properties.
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.
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.
Files obtained by locals using freedom of information legislation show the government has refused to claw back the subsidies even though the owner broke planning regulations. The owner installed a more powerful turbine than mentioned in the licence and placed it at a different location, the paper says.
Now Melin Derwydd Limited have abandoned their plans for 10 turbines at Derwydd Bach near Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, which leaves only two remaining schemes from the original group of four.
In August it was announced that Vattenfall Wind Power Limited no longer planned to go ahead with their proposal for a windfarm at Nant Bach near Clocaenog Forest. Now Melin Derwydd Limited have abandoned their plans for 10 turbines at Derwydd Bach near Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, which leaves only two remaining schemes from the original group of four.
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.
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.
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.