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“There's legitimate debate about a couple of segments,” says Keith Raab, boss of Cleantech Venture Network. In some instances, valuations accorded to firms with no profits—and little chance of making any soon—were reminiscent of the excesses of the dotcom bubble. As Douglas Lloyd, of Venture Business Research, puts it, “There's too much money chasing too few opportunities. How is it possible that this many solar companies are going to succeed? They're not.”
Innovative proposals to install wind turbines in Cramlington face growing opposition from Newcastle Airport. Blyth Valley Council is considering a second planning application from Aesica Pharmaceuticals to put up the two turbines at its plant in Shotton Lane. Although councillors are keen to bring renewable energy sources into the borough and uphold its recognition as a Centre of Excellence, they are concerned about the airport’s objections that the turbines could jeopardise safety by effecting radar systems.
“The MCofS originally objected to the proposed Beauly to Denny transmission line on grounds of lack of evidence of need for the line, the devastating impact it would have on landscape, and as a consequence of that the effect it would have on Scotland’s tourism industry.” “The proposed string of pylon towers over 200 feet high is inextricably linked to the large number of wind farm proposals currently in the planning and approval pipeline, which if approved by the Scottish Executive, would devastate the hitherto unspoilt scenic upland landscape of Scotland for generations.”
Wind farms are on the increase, and this is seen by many as good news for the environment. However, an increasing number of riders are becoming concerned about the effects this could have on their horses. In response, the British Horse Society (BHS) has fired up its wind farm campaign. It’s keen to fly the flag for renewable energy, but wants to make sure horses and riders are not put at risk from the huge turbines.
Scottish tourism must go green, according to industry leaders, with less dependence on short-haul flights into Scottish airports and protection of scenic areas against planned wind farms. They warned yesterday that the rapid growth in visitor numbers could be harmed if the wilderness was spoiled by power-grid pylons or turbines, including the prospect of offshore wind farms threatening to spoil sea views. “Tourism-fragile zones” are being proposed in rural visitor honeypots, where there would be a block on wind farms, at least until a national review of their expansion.
Plans to build a windfarm on the moors above Todmorden have been blown off course by a model flying club. Coronation Power wants to put five 125-metre tall turbines at Flower Scarr Road to generate electricity for up to 10,000 homes. But a Government planning inspector has refused even to allow the firm to build a 60-metre wind gauge because of the effect it might have on the 25 or so flying club members who have used the moor since the end of World War Two.
Irish minister for communications, marine and natural resources Noel Dempsey has set a target to treble the contribution made by renewable energy from 5percent to 15percent of electricity produced by 2010. His announcement came at the launch of a new publication called Renewable Energy Development 2006. The report provides a broad overview of current policies in the field of renewable energy and serves as a concise introduction to the topical issues and challenges in the area.
A DEBATE over a proposed wind farm near South Molton has been re-ignited by campaigners for and against the scheme. The views from Yes2Wind in North Devon, The Two Moors Campaign, and independent local campaigners came as a planning application for nine turbines at Batsworthy Cross, near Knowstone was submitted to North Devon District Council.
There are many reasons to reject the building of wind farms anywhere in Britain. A search of the internet provides ample evidence of the environmental destruction of large areas of the countryside through the installation of turbines and infrastructure. Trees and hedges cut down, roads, pylons and electrical wires installed. However, one of our major concerns is the mounting evidence that wind farms are causing the deaths worldwide of tens of thousands of bats and birds, including many endangered species. A wind farm in Germany is being shut down because of the deaths, in particular of red kites.
Waterfront developers today claimed wind turbines planned for Kings Dock arena would look like art installations. Five of the 20-metre structures are likely to be erected on the waterfront site to generate electricity. Their designers saythey are the latest in turbine technology and resemble modern artwork rather than the traditional propellers at Seaforth docks. But waterfront residents are furious about the proposal and claim the turbines would be a noisy eyesore outside their bedroom windows.
As a dozen 100m-high turbines rise at Tick Fen, near Warboys, and a Government inspector decides whether to allow 15 similar structures between Conington and Boxworth, a plan for a wind farm at Woolley Hill near Alconbury is on the cards. The site, north of Brampton Hut and visible from the A14 and A1, already has an anemometry mast to test wind speeds, for which planning consent was granted in 2005. But it will be a year before the developers, Renewable Energy Systems Development Limited, decide whether to press ahead with the idea. “We are doing lots of studies and we may put in a planning application in due course,” said a spokeswoman for the Hertfordshire-based company. “But it all depends on what we discover at the site.
Home wind turbines have become the must-have home improvement among people eager to help save the planet and flaunt their green credentials. Dubbed ‘the ultimate green fashion statement’, are selling in their thousands amid claims they can cut household electricity bills by 30 per cent. But now environmental campaigners say the windmills are not quite what they claim to be - and may actually do more harm than good. As well as being noisy and unsightly, they barely produce enough electricity to power a hairdryer in many houses.
Scotland could be turned into the “dumping ground” for controversial developments such as nuclear power stations and large-scale wind farms if new planning legislation is allowed to pass unchanged, a wildlife conservation group claims.
A move to let Welsh householders install solar panels or small wind turbines without the need for 'energy-sapping bureaucracy' was made today by Mike German, Assembly leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. He was relaunching his private members bill which will make it easier for households to generate their own energy in Wales . His original bill could not be debated because of a drafting error. The bill will remove the red tape from going green, and encourage micro-generation in Wales.
Delighted campaigners are celebrating the ‘people power’ victory which saw controversial windfarm plans for Bilsthorpe and Eakring thrown out. Developers had wanted to build seven giant turbines at two locations — the former Bilsthorpe Colliery site and Stonish Hill near Eakring. But after a high-profile campaign backed by hundreds of residents, protestors were finally able to celebrate their triumph when planners rejected the proposals last week — and said the action campaign by residents had helped them reach their decision.
The Councillor for Industry, Trade and New Technologies on the Canary Islands, Marisa Tejador, has revealed that her department is looking at placing generating windmills off shore.
The Environment Agency is celebrating its 10th anniversary by asking the public to vote for what they believe is the most iconic symbol from our environment. Twelve Icons of the Environment have been shortlisted by the Agency’s 13,000 staff - including species, habitats, places and manmade icons.
A public meeting will be held in Tickton later this month so that parishioners can give their views on a windfarm plan for Routh. An application to build a 12-turbine wind farm on land at Hall Farm, Routh has now been submitted to East Riding Council. The move follows a public exhibition of the proposals earlier this year, when the applicants invited residents to ask questions about the scheme and to express their views.
Three sites in Oxford have been identified as possible locations for giant wind turbines. Although the city council has shelved plans for wind generators until proper costings have been made, it has already earmarked sites should money become available. And the city’s Green lobby has “confidently predicted” wind turbines would appear across Oxford before 2011 - possibly on land in Headington, Horspath or Wolvercote, as our graphic shows. The idea would be for the city council to generate its own electricity - and then sell it on the open market in competition with suppliers like Southern Electric.
A controversial plan to build England’s largest wind farm in East Yorkshire has been scrapped. The plans for the wind farm at Rotsea, near Hutton Cranswick, have changed from having 43 wind turbines to 10. However, the turbines would be significantly higher than those in the original plans and campaigners have vowed to continue the fight against them. The decision to reduce the number of turbines was taken by developer Renewable Energy Systems (RES) after consultation with residents. But the turbines would be 25m (82ft) larger than previously planned.