Articles from Europe

Judge orders quango to back up claim of 'only' 1% of GDP to hit net zero

Judge Sophie Buckley said: ‘There is an extremely strong public interest in enabling scrutiny of the data, models and calculations which underpin the CCC’s conclusion that the net zero target could be met at an annual resource cost of up to 1-2 per cent of GDP. ‘Any errors in the calculations that led to the CCC’s conclusions, which, in turn, led to the legislative change, have the potential to have a very significant impact on the lives and finances of large numbers of people, on the spending of large sums of public money, and on the policies of the UK Government over the next 30 years.’
7 Aug 2021

Wind turbines, war is declared (in France)

The story of this gigantic scam has often been made in these columns: particularly astute businessmen have plunged into the breach that the “ecological” ideology (rigorous quotes) had opened in the French energy position. We needed a mix , we needed renewable, above all we had to stop building a nuclear power plant. Replacing a massive and controllable source of energy with another, much weaker and more random, was "completely stupid" , to use the word of an expert, but it is indeed what was done. Nuclear power has stalled, wind turbines and solar panels have multiplied, weakening an entire system, fracturing an entire society.
7 Aug 2021

Residents lose out in Barranafaddock Wind Farm fight

A number of residents in the Ballyduff/Araglin area living close to the Barranafaddock Wind Farm were disappointed this week to learn that the developers of the wind farm successfully appealed an earlier High Court order. The residents had brought a case to the High Court claiming a deviation from the permitted blade length of the turbines where 90 metre diameter blades were permitted but 103 metre diameter blades were used. 
5 Aug 2021

State-owned Prestwick airport accused of unlawfully demanding compensation payments from windfarm developers

[T]here are costs and risks associated with considering each individual wind farm planning application, calibrating the technology to allow it to deal with any particular wind farm and thereafter ongoing costs associated with maintaining the performance of that technology over the lifespan of a wind farm, which is clearly essential in the interests of aviation safety. “It is typically recognised and the industry norm that the party benefiting from the wind farm should provide compensation to radar operators for the associated costs and risks.
1 Aug 2021

500 new wind turbines for the state forest

The state government has set the goal of building 1,000 additional wind turbines. According to Environment Minister Thekla Walker (Greens), half of this should be realized via the state forest - the government itself can become active here. "As the largest forest owner, the state of Baden-Württemberg has a special responsibility to support these goals," writes Hauk. ForstBW is responsible for the management of over 300,000 hectares of state forest. According to ForstBW, almost 40 percent of the country's area consists of forest.
26 Jul 2021

G20 ministers fail to agree on climate targets

Cingolani told reporters that ministers meeting in southern Italy could not agree on two disputed issues and that these would now have to be discussed when G20 heads of state and government hold a summit in Rome in October. He said negotiations with China, Russia and India had proved especially difficult.
24 Jul 2021

Offshore wind farm compensation 'sounds like bribery'

They warned: "Local communities are rightly concerned about the sheer amount of infrastructure built by individual offshore wind companies and the government must act. "The government should urgently carry out an audit of all outstanding plans for onshore infrastructure relating to offshore wind farms and consider ways to minimise the damage to precious inland areas." They added: "We already do this for onshore wind farms through 'Community Benefit Funds', and we were planning something similar for fracking.
23 Jul 2021

The strange case of the climate scientists fighting a wind farm

The island is a special protection area, meaning it was selected by the ecological network of NATURA and its birds directive to protect one or more rare, threatened, or vulnerable bird species or specific regularly occurring migratory species. A report the HOS published in March 2020 found that erecting wind turbines will have detrimental consequences for Antikythera’s biodiversity. Among the impacts, the group found that fatigued birds reaching the island after having crossed the Mediterranean could be killed by the wind turbines or avoid the island altogether and eventually die from exhaustion further out to sea.
22 Jul 2021

Floods wreck towns, but Europe's wind power goals tangled in red tape

The drive to speed up renewable energy is pitting greens against each other. Theodota Nantsou, policy director for the World Wide Fund for Nature in Greece, said the country decided belatedly to shut down its coal plants and is now racing to build up renewables at the risk of hurting its biodiversity. ..."The problem is not money: there is lots of money available," said Giles Dickson, the association's chief executive. "The problem is the projects: we are not getting enough new permitted projects coming through."
21 Jul 2021

Wind farms are shrinking golden eagle habitats as blades make them scared

Wind farms are shrinking golden eagles' habitats as they are afraid of the blades, a study has found. The birds of prey are eight times less likely to fly near turbines when they are rotating compared with when they are switched off, scientists from the ecological company Natural Research Projects have found. It is thought the birds are avoiding areas where turbines are situated because the noise and movement makes them feel threatened. Another theory is that the circling blades remind them of human arms, or they associate them with human activity.
21 Jul 2021

Climate change: Ministers abandon plans to set out low-carbon heating strategy before summer break following disagreements inside government

Ministers had been due to announce a "heat and buildings strategy" next week which would set out how Britain will decarbonise central heating systems in homes and offices - which combined make up a third of emissions. But Sky News understands a Whitehall standoff over the cost of the plans means this is now not expected until at least September.
15 Jul 2021

Looming loss piles pressure on turbine maker Siemens Gamesa

Shares in Siemens Gamesa (SGREN.MC) fell more than 18% on Thursday after the wind turbine maker's second profit warning in less than three months due to spiralling raw materials prices and the cost of delivering its new onshore platform. The warning of a possible loss this year had a knock-on effect on parent Siemens Energy (ENR1n.DE), which owns 67% of Siemens Gamesa.
15 Jul 2021

Third of Scotland's big wind farms linked to tax havens including Cayman Islands

An investigation by The Ferret has also revealed that 39 of the largest 50 wind farms are ultimately owned outwith Scotland in England, Spain, France, Germany, Norway, China and elsewhere. Campaigners allege that the wind industry’s tax havens have deprived public services of “many millions” of pounds, while boosting private profits. Scotland’s renewable energy wealth is being “looted” by international tax avoiders, and profits “siphoned overseas”, they say. 
13 Jul 2021

Windfall: one third of Scotland’s biggest wind farms linked to tax havens

Campaigners allege that the wind industry’s tax havens have deprived public services of “many millions” of pounds, while boosting private profits. Scotland’s renewable energy wealth is being “looted” by international tax avoiders, and profits “siphoned overseas”, they say. According to experts, wind farm ownership is “opaque” and “secretive”. The “bright green image” promoted by the renewable energy industry is “more a murky shade of grey”, says one.
13 Jul 2021

Rishi Sunak could set out green taxes for imports to help UK hit net-zero target

Westminster sources said ... that any move towards a carbon border tax would have to consider the implications it would have with major trading partners, such as the US, and how problematic it would be for post-Brexit Britain to go out and strike trade deals. Ministers are increasingly at odds over the best way to ensure the public pays for the carbon emissions they produce, with the Treasury in a stand-off with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and No 10. One source said: “There is a civil war raging between departments as to how the Government can meet its commitments.”
13 Jul 2021

Fishermen deserve say in location of offshore wind farms, argue MEPs

The European Parliament wants member states to compensate fishing vessel owners whose livelihoods are affected by wind farms and ensure that those that operate near these electricity plants can get insurance. MEPs are also calling for more research into how to avoid and mitigate negative effects on the sea basin. They believe member states should ensure that wind farms are placed away from fishing grounds and only built where they are guaranteed not to have negative environmental, ecological or social consequences.
7 Jul 2021

Fishermen deserve say in location of offshore wind farms, argue MEPs

The European Parliament wants member states to compensate fishing vessel owners whose livelihoods are affected by wind farms and ensure that those that operate near these electricity plants can get insurance. MEPs are also calling for more research into how to avoid and mitigate negative effects on the sea basin. They believe member states should ensure that wind farms are placed away from fishing grounds and only built where they are guaranteed not to have negative environmental, ecological or social consequences.
7 Jul 2021

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