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The plans have attracted strong local opposition, and planning officers seem to have taken the views of the objectors on board. They have recommended that councillors refuse to grant planning permission because of the impact the turbines would have on the landscape and local heritage.
Shares in the Seville-based group plummeted 54 per cent after the announcement, slumping to just €0.33 on Wednesday - a 52-week low - and wiping out around €470m in market value. The company's share price has now fallen 84 per cent this year.
For a company that makes money turning sunlight into electricity, Abengoa shows a troglodytic aversion to transparency -- as investors are now finding out to their cost. ...Abengoa has a special business model. Instead of simply building projects or operating them, it does both, raising money from bond markets to finance its expansion. As it grew and grew, the company had to issue more bonds and refinance its increasing pile of debt.
Planners have moved to block an “objectionable” large-scale windfarm straddling the spectacular landscape between Angus and Perthshire. Saddle Hill (Black Hill) windfarm was to straddle Glen Isla with 14 turbines.
Announcing the refusals, Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing acknowledged efforts had been made by the developers to mitigate landscape and visual impacts but said he had concluded the impacts from the wind farms would still be unacceptable.
The company yesterday refused to comment on the nature of the threat against its staff or whether it would be returning to the site. Five wind turbines are planned for the site, according to an approved planning application.
Campaigners are celebrating after a wind farm developer lost its appeal against refusal of planning permission for 14 turbines near an iconic Munro in the Highlands. Highland Council had refused a proposal by PI Renewables for the windfarm on the slopes of Carn Gorm near Ben Wyvis, north of Inverness.
On Friday cranes were on the site removing plant machinery and the temporary structures belonging to Alexander. It’s understood that engineers had been on site since the start of September. ...no group has claimed responsibility for the threat.
An agreed expansion of the Scout Moor wind farm remains in limbo, after government bosses confirmed they could still overturn the decision. Rossendale council’s development control committee voted in favour to approve the plans to expand the wind farm from 26 to 42 turbines, back in September, despite fierce opposition from campaigners.
National Grid spent at least £2.5m after issuing a notice of inadequate system margin (NISM) on Wednesday afternoon asking power companies to provide more electricity. It paid the owner of Severn power station, Calon, about £2,500 per megawatt hour to provide an extra 500MW for two hours.
The Scottish Government has turned down plans for a windfarm on a highly sensitive Highlands site because the company applying for permission didn’t exist at the time of the submission. ...Helen McDade, head of policy for the John Muir Trust, said: “For the past 16 months, we have worked closely with the local Keep Rannoch Wild campaign and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland to stop this monstrosity in the heart of Wild Land Area 14, so we are delighted that the scheme has been deemed not competent.
Dedicated campaigners are celebrating after an appeal against Calderdale Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a wind farm near Todmorden was withdrawn at the 11th hour. ...A spokesperson for Kelda Water Services said: “Changes in government policy have made the site at Gorpley no longer attractive as a renewable source at present.
Plans to construct a huge wind turbine next to a popular horse riding centre have been passed.
Allerdale council has made a public apology over its handling of a councillor's planning application. The Local Government Ombudsman recommended that the council apologised publicly over errors it made when dealing with Councillor Jim Lister's application for a wind turbine at Oughterside Mill, Oughterside.
Yesterday, the inspector upheld the council decision and rejected the application. It is the latest in a string of appeal dismissals since the Government issued a ministerial statement in June, strengthening the position of anti-wind campaigners.
The local government ombudsman decided that Allerdale Borough Council had ignored local people's objections to the turbine, and the watchdog has now ordered Allerdale to apologise and review the way it operates planning consent.
In July of this year it said that the site, originally opened in 2011, would close with the loss of up to 150 jobs after the failure of exhaustive efforts to find a buyer. This morning it was reported that Simec, which bought Uskmouth power station last year, had made an offer to buy the Mabey Bridge plant ...an offer of £8.5m, considerably below Mabey Bridge's valuation of £11.5m.
Ficora has established a working group consisting of companies and organisations in the energy sector, telecommunications operators, as well as other authorities. The purpose is to develop a common understanding of the amount and extent of the problems caused by wind power, and to find flexible approaches that do not require new legislation.
After years of controversy, planning permission has been refused for a commercial scale windfarm near Garvagh. The application, first lodged in 2011, was turned down at the Causeway Coast and Glens council due to the visual impact on the surrounding rural environment.
A controversial proposed wind turbine will not be built – after being rejected by both the borough council and the planning inspectorate.