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Rannoch windfarm plans thrown out as company didn't exist when submitted

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.
31 Oct 2015

Campaigners celebrate after wind farm appeal is dropped at 11th hour

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after an appeal against Calderdale Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a wind farm near Todmorden was withdrawn at the 11th hour.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.
29 Oct 2015

Council apologises over planning errors

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.  
23 Oct 2015

Mabey Bridge's wind turbine tower plant in Chepstow to close as company says no viable offer received

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 offer of £8.5m, considerably below Mabey Bridge's valuation of £11.5m.
30 Sep 2015

Finns try to stop wind farms affecting TV, mobile reception

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.
30 Sep 2015

Trump takes wind farm fight to Supreme Court

Speaking after he lost his case at the Court of Session, Mr Trump, who also owns Trump Turnberry golf course in Ayrshire, said it was "impossible to have a fair hearing challenging wind farm applications in Scotland". He has also criticised former First Minister Alex Salmond, accusing him of abusing his power and "hurting the people of Scotland" over his support for wind farms.
25 Sep 2015

Chislet windfarm plan suspended by power firm RES Ltd

The company hoped to plant 11 turbines as high as 150 metres on marshland near Chislet and Marshside, near Canterbury. But this week RES appeared to backtrack, conceding it had suspended its proposals. It refuses to comment on whether public opposition has played a part.
23 Sep 2015

Two 14-year-old wind turbines to be junked

The two wind turbines operating in Uusikaupunki will be dismantled next week, energy company Propel Voima announced on Friday. The windmills produced electricity from 1999, but repairing them is not worth the investment due to funding concerns. ...The two 1.3 MW wind turbines produced some 4 million KWh worth of electricity a year (about 17% capacity factor)
11 Sep 2015

Wind turbines plan whips up village objections

Plans for two wind turbines could put helicopter flights at risk and will ruin the village view, say objectors. A planning application for wind turbines at The College Equestrian Centre in Keysoe has attracted 50 letters of objection from villagers - just one householder has written in support of the green scheme.
18 Aug 2015

Energy firm withdraws wind farm application

An energy giant has u-turned on its intention to build a new wind farm near Driffield following the Government’s decision to scrap the onshore wind subsidy scheme. The application, submitted to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council by EDF Energy Renewables, was for a proposed 10-turbine High Wood wind farm to be built on agricultural land between Tibthorpe, North Dalton and Bainton.
6 Aug 2015
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