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A NEW wind farm is planned for Winscales. Your Energy Limited wants to build seven new turbines, 81 metres from ground to blade tip, on land between the A595 and A66, near the existing wind farm.
The Irish Wind Energy Association is calling on the Government to do more to promote the construction of wind farms in Ireland.
A new study is under way to ascertain and quantify the potential economic benefits of coupling vanadium redox batteries with wind farms in Ireland. Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) and Tapbury Management are funding the study, which will be carried out in collaboration with VRB Power Systems. VRB is a Canadian electrochemical energy storage company that patented and brought to market the Vanadium Redox Battery Energy Storage System.
Sir Richard Branson’s announcement that Virgin will invest an estimated $3bn (£1.6bn) in renewable energy over the next decade looks to some investors like confirmation that clean energy production is one step closer to becoming the next technological revolution. Alternative or “green” energy such as biofuels, wind power, solar energy and hydro-electric power are expected to enable a shift away from the current global carbon-based economy. On the strength of this expectation, investors hope that buying into the right new technology company now could reap massive rewards in the future. There are a number of options available which will allow you to invest your money and feel that you may have a hand in the future care of the planet. But whether the rewards are as profitable as they are philanthropic is less certain. The companies in this sector tend to be small and risky and the choice of potential investments is limited, though growing steadily. Alternative energy investment is not for everyone, but there are some good long term growth indicators.
Dumfries and Galloway Council have confirmed that an application for a windfarm at Margree has been registered. North British Windpower Ltd. want to build 25 turbines on the site. It’s close proximity to the proposed development at Blackcraig sparked controversy.
Plans to build a massive windfarm in Shetland are unlikely to be opposed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), it emerged this week. Wildlife lobby group Proact is organising a petition calling on the RSPB to step up its opposition to wind farm developments in the UK. So far the petition has been signed by over 3,000 people. However, RSPB Scotland has responded by saying that it considers applications to develop wind farms on a case-by-case basis.
Protesters are celebrating after winning a two-and-a-half-year battle against a controversial wind farm. Plans for two wind turbines at Uglow Farm, Broadhead Road. Edgworth, have been rejected by a Government inspector. He dismissed an appeal against Blackburn with Darwen Council’s refusal of planning permission because of the turbines’ effect on the landscape.
The second part of a public inquiry into the proposed 71-turbine wind farm for Ae Forest began yesterday. Scottish Executive Reporter David Gordon is expected to spend two weeks in Moffat’s Proudfoot Institute considering the cumulative effect of the proposed Harestanes development and the proposed Clyde wind farm farther north. He will report his findings and recommendations to the Scottish Executive. They are not expected to make their final decision on whether or not Scottish Power will get the go-ahead to the 411 feet high turbines at Harestanes Heights until next year.
Local residents will be given the opportunity to view proposals for a 12-turbine windfarm on the outskirts of Stonehaven this weekend. Renewable Energy Systems, the company behind plans for the scheme at Meikle Carewe, near Netherley, is holding a public exhibition in the town on Saturday. The firm announced last month that it was going to resubmit a planning application for a windfarm on the site, which lies four miles north of Stonehaven. An earlier application for a 10-turbine development was rejected by Aberdeenshire Council’s Kincardine and Mearns area committee in 2001 due to the possible interference with radar and TV and a perceived loss of amenity to area residents.
The den Brook Valley Action Group has announced the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the Dartmoor Preservation Association have joined forces to fight a wind turbine project.The announcement was made last week, in an effort to fight the appeal from Renewable Energy Systems to build nine wind turbines in West Devon.
Plans to build three 266-feet-high wind turbines on the edge of Dartmoor would be an “unjustified intrusion” into the life of local communities, opponents of the plan told a public inquiry.The turbines, which would be built on land at Yelland Farm, Bowerland Cross, near Okehampton, would be close to the boundary of the Dartmoor National Park and would stand more than one-and-a-half times the height of Nelson’s Column. Geoffrey Sinclair, representing Okehampton and District Against Turbines (ODAT), told the inquiry: “ODAT’s point is simply that when sites like Yelland are proposed for the largest turbines in the South West of England, this represents one of the most serious long-term threats ever to face the landscape and countryside of Devon.
Shoppers can view plans for two giant wind turbines if they visit the Asda store in Falkirk. An exhibition has been set up in the Newmarket Street store and can be viewed today (Thursday) and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It showcases information about the store group’s proposals for a renewable energy project, siting a wind turbine at its distribution depots in Falkirk and Grangemouth. The team will also be at the Dawson Community Centre in David’s Loan, Bainsford on Monday, October 2, from 10.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The do-it-yourself chain B&Q is to sell wind turbines and solar panels as home energy generation moves into the mass market. From next month, every one of B&Q's 320 UK stores will display the energy-saving turbines, which transmit electricity, and three types of solar panel, which produce hot water. Both will fit on domestic roofs. The move comes just a month after electrical retailer Currys started a pilot scheme selling solar panels.
East Anglia's multimillion-pound renewable energy industry had a boost yesterday as a £4m scheme for two giant wind turbines in north Suffolk was unveiled. SLP, the company that built the 126m-high turbine "Gulliver" at Ness Point in Lowestoft, has revealed plans to build two turbines of the same size in the nearby village of Kessingland. The news comes just weeks before work is due to begin on the £6.4m Orbis Energy renewable energy centre in the town, which could put Lowestoft at the helm of the UK's offshore renewable industry.
CUMBRIA’S renewable energy future is blowing in the wind according to a new study that reveals turbines could be the county’s only answer to meeting government targets. Environmental consultancy ADAS has produced a map showing likely sites for renewable energy by 2050. On the map, much of Cumbria is depicted as being suitable for wind turbines but other large-scale renewable energy sources such as hydroelectricity, photovoltaics, biomass and biofuel are not suited to the county. The map consolidates existing research into wind speeds and the conditions needed for all types of renewable energy. While Cumbria seems to be restricted to harnessing wind power, other parts of the country, like the south west, are suitable for a variety of renewable energy generation.
The winds of change are gusting across Cranford and could soon be helping to provide power for one eco-friendly secondary school. In a first for Hounslow, Cranford Community College has applied for permission to install two 15m tall wind turbines in a school field in a bid to cut their power bills and help the environment. The scheme is set to cost £50,000.
Wind turbines installed at five schools at a cost of £50,000 produced savings of less than £50 in their first year. The windmills were put up on the primary school rooftops in Fife by the local authority as part of their renewable energy scheme. However, the pilot project has been riddled with technical problems - one school saved only £1.50 in a year.
Environment Secretary David Miliband has paved the way for a new generation of giant wind turbines to be built at schools, hospitals and other public sites.In his keynote speech to Labour’s annual conference, Mr Miliband announced £10 million funding to encourage the construction of hundreds of new wind turbines on publicly-owned land, including sites owned by the Ministry of Defence. No details of the planned sites was available, but they are certain to include locations in the Westcountry, which is viewed by renewable energy experts as having some of the best wind resources in the country.
The third annual Euromoney and Ernst and Young Global Renewable Energy Awards were announced earlier this week at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) in London. Winners included some household names not usually associated with renewable energy, such as Goldman Sachs (ticker: GS) and John Deere (DE). Also honored were the likes of BP (BP), whose Alternative Energy arm has helped define the field, and Allianz Group (ALVG), the global insurer.
Wind turbine projects on public sites like hospitals and council houses will receive a £10m funding boost as part of the Government’s efforts to open up the ‘largely untapped’ public sector to the renewables industry, the environment secretary said on Wednesday. The scheme will see up to half a billion pounds invested in onsite renewables, mostly wind turbines Defra wants to see 500MW worth of onsite renewables installed on public land through the Carbon Trust “Partnership for Renewables” scheme, which will work with public bodies as well as the private sector to provide funding for the initial stages of project development and management. Wind energy expansion on this scale would bring Britain’s wind energy generating capacity up by 25%, Defra calculates.