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Germany's largest power supplier has said it will sell majority stakes in two US wind farms in Texas and Indiana. The move is meant to help whittle down Eon's current debt levels of tens of billions of euros.
One of East Anglias leading onshore wind turbine developers has dramatically shelved any new projects - triggering doubts about the future of the controversial industry
So that very brief moment when all the 5,500 wind turbines in Britain were contributing 25 per cent of our power was not only highly untypical, but also served yet again to highlight the real problem with wind: that it fluctuates so wildly and unpredictably from one extreme to the other. At 4.30 last Thursday afternoon, for instance, it was contributing to the grid less than 2 per cent, when coal and gas between them were supplying 74 per cent.
A world-leading renewables firm that has received more than £15 million of funding from the Scottish Government has entered administration, placing 56 jobs at risk. Edinburgh-based Pelamis Wave Power announced the move yesterday, with directors saying they have been unable to secure much-needed additional finance.
More than 700 residents have made comments on controversial plans to erect five wind turbines near Ely.
The Dublin-based renewable energy-focused utility has shifted its focus to Europe and intends to invest approximately €50m in 150 megawatts worth of construction-ready windfarm projects across Ireland, Scandinavia, and Britain over the next 12 months. While this plan was criticised by shareholders at the group’s AGM in September, so too was the retaining of remaining US assets.
Last summer the Telegraph disclosed that each job in the industry was effectively subsidised by £100,000 a year, reflecting the 12,000 people Renewable UK said were directly employed at the time, and estimated £1.2bn annual subsidy costs. The increased subsidy-per-job rate since then reflects first power being generated from new offshore wind farms, which receive far higher subsidies than those onshore.
Chief Executive Joe Kaeser said he was now determined to get on top of operational problems that keep cropping up in Siemens' businesses, most recently in wind turbines where problems with blades and bearings caused a 223 million-euro ($279 million) charge in the fourth quarter.
A report to Gwynedd Council’s planning committee, meeting in Caernarfon today, recommends rejecting the application as officials believe erecting the turbine would have a “substantial detrimental impact on the open nature of the area and on the prominent and special views.
In a report produced for the Liberal Democrat energy and climate secretary, Ed Davey, renewable energy trade bodies, community energy groups and academics say that major future wind and solar farms should give communities the chance to invest and own as much as a quarter of projects.
A protest group has vowed to fight the construction of four wind turbines on the Herefordshire border until the bitter end. A decision on Reeves Hill was due on Thursday from Powys County Council – but has now been put back until November 20.
Keith Anderson, chief corporate officer, said it was cutting the size of its planned 240-turbine East Anglia offshore wind farm because the budget for subsidies to be awarded this year was “not big enough”. The project could be scrapped altogether if it did not secure a subsidy contract this year.
The developers debated with community opposition group Turbine Evaluation Group - Helensburgh and area (TEG-H) and answered questions from residents on a number of topics. All parties involved were pleased with how engaged the audience were and the turnout at the event, and TEG-H won the debate with 45 people voting against the plans, 21 in favour. The remaining 37 abstained.
A South Norfolk community is celebrating today after winning a battle to stop a windfarm being built. Over recent months wind turbine applications in the county have been rejected.
Ministers on Tuesday insisted there would be no blackouts, thanks to emergency measures to bolster the margin back up to 6 per cent – higher than last year - by paying three power plants millions of pounds to guarantee their availability and paying factories to switch off during times of peak demand. But experts cast doubt on those assurances.
It is widely recognised that variable wind speeds result in actual power output significantly below the maximum level – on average between 25 and 30 per cent, according to Government data. However, the report from the Adam Smith Institute found that such average figures were “extremely misleading about the amount of power wind farms can be relied up to provide”, because their output was actually “extremely volatile”.
As reported in last week’s Advertiser, 62 per cent of respondents opposed the plans – although just 402 householders of the 7,767 homes sent surveys back. The survey was designed to gauge public opinion, and was part of an ongoing campaign by Helensburgh to inform and engage with the local community regarding the community wind farm.
A High Court judge has imposed a 3mph speed limit on vehicles operating on a mountain windfarm project in a bid to stop sheep being scared. Mr Justice Deeny also ruled that a renewable energy firm should only drill bore holes at Ballymongan Hill in Co Tyrone when flocks had been taken off for winter.
McCarthy and other critics of wind energy policy, such as the Irish Academy of Engineering, say that other costs will also be incurred with further deployment of wind, through extra transmission infrastructure needed to cope. The academy has called on the Government to “rebalance” policy away from renewables towards gas-fired plants. It says emissions targets can be met through conservation and other policies.
Villagers say a precedent has been set in the fight against wind farms in the East Riding after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles agreed there were too many turbines in the area.