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Farming couple compensated over failed wind turbine

A retired farming couple have received a landmark compensation pay out for a faulty wind turbine after it failed to deliver on the manufacturer’s claims.   Terry and Gail Beaumont, Huddersfield, paid about £40,000 for the 10 kilowatt wind turbine which was manufactured by Evoco Energy and resold by Newgen Renewables.
18 May 2015

Have wind turbines ruined Britain’s prized lobster haul?

Fishing crews hope that there will still be shellfish under the waves to catch. “The questions we are asking are: can we safely fish among the turbines and is there anything left to catch?” said Mike Cohen, chief executive of the Holderness Fishing Industry Group, the UK’s largest association representing lobster fishers. ...lobster beds may have been “smothered” by sediment thrown up. Other threats include vibrations, shadows and heat generated by the elecotromagnetic cables.
17 May 2015

Planners deliver major blow to windfarm project

“It is considered that the proposal would give rise to significant and adverse landscape and visual impacts and also to significant and adverse cumulative landscape and visual impacts. “The potential benefits of the proposal...are acknowledged but the adverse landscape and visual impacts are considered to be unacceptable.”
14 May 2015

Huge Pwllheli wind turbine plan to be blocked

A report to Gwynedd Council’s planning committee recommends refusing the application as officials believe erecting the turbine, would have a detrimental impact on the historic character of the landscape and on views across the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
24 Apr 2015

Tax Agency uncovers alleged wind farm payoff scheme in Castilla y León

Private renewable energy firms may have paid more than €110 million in commissions to government officials and local businessmen in Castilla y León to help them obtain licenses and push through paperwork to install wind farms across the region between 2004 and 2007, tax inspectors said. In a December 30 report obtained by EL PAÍS, seven transactions detail how energy firms paid local businessmen and people connected to the regional Popular Party (PP) government either directly or through stocks in companies created to build and operate wind farms.
22 Apr 2015

€110m wind fraud uncovered in Spain

Hacienda detected commissions in the authorization of wind farms. The Tax Office alleges a plot of 110 million in Castilla y León. Charges and related regional builders streamlined procedures after payments. ...The inspector of the Tax Agency concludes in his report since his purpose is to investigate the outstanding tax debts, additional findings may indicate "evidence of money laundering". He is sending his findings to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor and Prevention Service Money Laundering Economy Ministry to "continue the investigation".
22 Apr 2015

Finns still sharply divided over wind power

Yle asked its audience whether or not they would welcome a wind turbine in close proximity to their home. The resulting online discussion revealed clear differences of opinion: some people suspect the energy return from wind power (and other alternative energy options) would be negligible, while others support wind power wholeheartedly - so long as it is not in their backyard.
21 Mar 2015

Greenock company's wind turbine plan is refused

Plans for a controversial wind turbine outside a Greenock factory have been refused, the Tele can reveal. Bosses at Texas Instruments wanted to build a 77.8 metre tall turbine — over 250ft — outside the company’s Larkfield Industrial Estate HQ.
19 Mar 2015

Windfarm worries for Angus tourism firms

Business owners have raised fears of “irretrievable damage” if the go-ahead is given for a major windfarm in the Angus glens. Hundreds of responses have already been received after the planning application was submitted to Angus Council and Perth and Kinross Council.
12 Mar 2015

Powys wind farms decision 'after election'

A decision on whether to go ahead with five wind farms in Powys will be made after the general election, the Department of Energy says. Developments are proposed at Llaithddu, Llandinam, Llanbrynmair, Llanbadarn Fynydd and Carnedd Wen, as well as a power lines running from Llandinam to Welshpool.
11 Mar 2015
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