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Massive wind project divides a British isle

ISLE OF LEWIS, Scotland - Those who inhabit this faraway island of windswept moors and rocky crofts seem to possess a sense of place that does not leave them at a loss for words. Listen to Finlay McLeod, a local broadcaster and writer who enjoys long ambles on the desolate moors, a jelly-like terrain that is more liquid than solid: "I know this place through the soles of my feet. I revel in it. I serenade it. I never go on holiday. When I do go away, I'm desperate to get back," he told a visitor. "And now we are facing this terrible thing that threatens the very essence of what Lewis is. It's a small island. It's unique. And this will tear it asunder," he said.
10 Oct 2006

Anti-turbine campaign’s 300 letters

Residents opposing controversial plans to erect three giant wind turbines on the moors above Penistone have submitted 300 individual letters of objection to planners. Villagers who do not want to see three giant 100 metre high turbines on land at Crow Edge, have formed an action group called CLOWT- Crow Edge Locals Opposing Wind Turbines - and have vowed they will still fight “tooth and nail” to prevent them ever being built. Representatives from CLOWT yesterday handed in the letters of objection to Barnsley Council planning officials.
10 Oct 2006

Wind farm applications on the increase in N-East

Some people hate them, some people love them. But whatever your opinion, you have to agree they are springing up everywhere. The latest wind farm proposal is at St John’s Hill in Stonehaven, the landscape believed to have inspired Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song. Nine planning applications have been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council to build either a single or multiple wind turbines in the Formartine area. And while Aberdeen City Council has no ongoing applications, a spokesman said: “We have had a number of pre-application inquiries from people asking for advice about mini-turbines which can be fixed on to the side of gable-end houses.”
10 Oct 2006

Anti-wind farm battle goes on

THE fight is not over. That is the message from defiant campaigners battling plans for a wind farm above Denshaw. And a massive fund-raising appeal has been launched to take on the multi-billion pound company behind the proposals. Campaigners won the first round in February when Oldham’s planning committee threw out an application for seven 350ft turbines on land off Huddersfield Road. However, e.on, which owns companies such as Powergen, is fighting the decision and a planning inspector is expected to hear an appeal next year.
10 Oct 2006

Winds of change-Around 100 million Euros is to be invested in a wind farm on the Baltic coast.

It has been decided that over 30 huge windmills are to be installed at Choczewo, a village not far from Puck, a popular Baltic summer resort. Some 100 million euros are to be spent on the new windmill electric power plant. The windmills are to be installed on the area of one thousand hectares. Two thirds of the inhabitants of Choczewo accepted the project to build the windmill power plant. But all of them want the windmills to be installed as far as possible from their houses.
10 Oct 2006

Work begins on largest wind farm

Work is set to begin on constructing what will become the largest onshore wind farm in Europe. The £300m Whitelee project will see 140 turbines built on the Eaglesham Moor, south of Glasgow.
9 Oct 2006

Continental Divide

But while the problems faced on either side of the Atlantic are much the same, America and Europe have taken different paths toward finding solutions. Neither side can claim victory. Despite a host of initiatives, new technologies and regulations, alternative energy remains a patchwork affair that has done little to offset needs. Increasingly, both sides are looking to the other to see what can be learned. The guiding principal in Europe has been government mandates. European Union member states are led by ambitious long-term targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Rules also require they develop increased energy capacity from renewable sources. By comparison, Washington, D.C. still prefers to let technology be the driving force in the quest for low cost alternatives to fossil fuels. While some tax incentives do exist (for ethanol and wind energy), there are no federal energy mandates besides a meager Renewable Fuel Standard passed last year by Congress to boost production of ethanol and biodiesel. Mostly it’s left up to the individual states.
9 Oct 2006

Firm reveals plan for second town windfarm; Village residents hit out at scheme

New plans have emerged for a windfarm in Doncaster just as a public inquiry is about to get under way for a similar scheme nearby. Banks Developments is proposing to site a wind farm to the south of Marr Village, just outside the town. The firm has recently submitted a report to Doncaster Council setting out the issues which would need to be considered in a future planning application. Initial proposals include between four and seven turbines with a maximum height of 125 metres .
9 Oct 2006

UK scientists warn of 'gap between rhetoric and reality' on wind turbines

LONDON (AFX) - A major UK government-funded study has warned that the political spinning of energy-efficient technologies such as wind turbines has created 'a substantial gap between rhetoric and reality', which could damage future development. Scientists from the Universities of Sussex, Southampton and Imperial College London said that despite the growth in the profile of micro-generation technologies such as wind turbines -- enthusiastically championed by David Cameron and Sir Menzies Campbell -- the barriers towards implementation on a national scale are still huge. The research, led by Dr Jim Watson at the Sussex Energy Group and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, found that policy makers were still not doing enough to promote micro-generation- technologies that allow households to generate their own electricity.
9 Oct 2006

Wind farms may suffer in plan to boost other fuel sources

THE Government is proposing to favour some renewable energy sources over others in an attempt to kick-start types of green power that have been slow to take off. The approach could mean that less well developed forms of renewable energy, such as marine or solar power, receive more subsidy in the form of Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs). Established forms of renewables, such as onshore wind farms, could receive fewer ROCs. The proposals to reform the ROC system were issued for consultation today as Alistair Darling, the Trade and Industry Secretary, stuck the first spade in the ground at what will be Britain’s biggest onshore wind farm — Whitelee — operated by ScottishPower on Eaglesham Moor outside Glasgow.
9 Oct 2006

‘Green’ electricity views sought

Plans to get 20% of UK electricity from renewable sources by 2020 are to be put out to consultation by Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling. He will launch the process at the start of work on the £300m Whitelee wind farm, south of Glasgow on Monday. Mr Darling says more energy will have to come from sources such as wind, wave, tidal and biomass technologies. Ministers are also looking to increase the amount of smaller-scale, localised electricity production.
9 Oct 2006

Turbine shortage threatens wind farms

WIND farm operators are warning that a shortage of turbines could lead to Scotland missing its targets for delivering electricity from renewable sources. Environment minister Ross Finnie said recently that he believed that there were probably enough wind farms planned to meet the Scottish Executive’s share of the 40% renewable energy target by 2020. However, many of Scotland’s operators are struggling to secure permissions for the construction of new wind farms, either because applications are tied up in planning backlogs or public inquiries. Orders for new turbines are placed only after these permissions are secured. For some that may mean that orders for turbines will not go in until 2009, due to planning delays.
8 Oct 2006

Isles windfarm gets green light - again

A controversial giant windfarm plan for Lewis was approved yesterday by Western Isles councillors for a third time, but with an eight-day period remaining for public objections. The environmental services committee reaffirmed support for a reduced Beinn Mhor scheme at Eishken. The proposed £120million project was previously reduced from 80 to 53 turbines, signalling a proportionate cut in community reward. The developers have pledged a community payout of around £800,000 a year for 25 years. Current proposals for six massive turbines will depend on the laying of a massive under-sea cable.
7 Oct 2006

Council to vote on wind turbine idea

Planners will consider a controversial application for a wind turbine farm at a meeting next week. Wind Prospect, a Birmingham-based company which develops wind energy, has applied to erect 12 100-metre turbines at Rusholme Grange, near Drax. The application will be heard by Selby District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.
7 Oct 2006

School wind farm visit generates turbine plan

A PRIMARY school is turning green, with plans to install a 40ft-high wind turbine to generate its own electricity. The eco-friendly initiative has been embraced by Elm Primary School and could see the 12-metre high turbine sited in the school’s playing field. The trail-blazing idea was prompted by an invitation to the pupils at the school in Elm, near Wisbech, to open a wind turbine farm at the nearby village of Coldham. Headteacher Chris Child believes the turbine will cut the school’s electricity bill by powering all its lights and, at the same time, educate children about environmental issues. He also intends to use it to earn money, by selling electricity to the National Grid at times when the school was closed at weekends or during the holidays.
7 Oct 2006

You feel better, but is your carbon offset just hot air?

Green consumers and businesses who want to neutralise their carbon emissions face being ripped off by unscrupulous operators who exploit the growing market in carbon offset schemes, a Guardian investigation has revealed. The surge in interest in such schemes, which invest millions of pounds in forestry and clean energy projects in the developing world, has created a lucrative market in carbon, which is unregulated and subject to little scrutiny. Campaigners and analysts say independent standards are urgently needed to protect consumers and to ensure the promised carbon savings are delivered. Francis Sullivan, a carbon offset expert who led attempts by banking group HSBC to neutralise its emissions, said: “There will be individuals and companies out there who think they’re doing the right thing but they’re not. I am sure that people are buying offsets in this unregulated market that are not credible. I am sure there are people buying nothing more than hot air.”
7 Oct 2006
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