Articles from Europe

Wind farms are the 'new apex predators': Blades kill off 75% of buzzards, hawks and kites that live nearby, study shows

Study coauthor Professor Maria Thaker said: 'We have known from many studies that wind farms affect birds and bats. 'They kill them and disrupt their movement. But we took that one step further and discovered that it affects lizards too. 'Every time a top predator is removed or added, unexpected effects trickle through the ecosystem.
5 Nov 2018

Windfarms paid £5M a day to turn off turbines

More than 60 wind farms – most in Scotland – were compensated on October 8. The payouts topped the previous high of £3.4million, sparking fresh criticism of the Scottish Government’s ‘green’ agenda. In very windy conditions, the National Grid cannot cope with the extra energy turbines produce, so firms get ‘constraint payments’ to temporarily shut them down.
29 Oct 2018

Could wind farms wipe out BIRDS?

Populations are much smaller close to turbines because their habitat has been ruined, study finds; Clearing habitats to make wind turbines is killing off birds in Ireland; Populations were ten per cent lower in areas close to wind turbines; Forest species such as chaffinches, great tits and gold-crests were worst hit
25 Oct 2018

Reintroduction of German setback rules proposed

Proposals to allow states to set their own setback rules and to abolish wind farms' privileges under German building laws have been presented to the federal council. North Rhine-Westphalia and Brandenburg’s suggestions were discussed in the country's upper house, the Bundesrat, on 19 October and could be voted on in December, according to the German wind energy association (BWE).
22 Oct 2018

'Wind energy sector must engage with communities over turbines'

The wind energy sector has been told it must engage in real consultation with communities and avoid "disinformation" if wind turbines are to become acceptable to local people. ..."In many cases I could see the proposed locations were in areas of high amenity or areas of conservation, places they would never get permission for turbines.
20 Oct 2018

Aberdeen Greens join battle against Glendye Windfarm plans

“While wind farms can make an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gasses, so do peat lands. When we build a wind farm on peat land it is self-defeating in terms of the environment. The site is within a 6 mile distance of nesting birds of prey and adjacent to the Water of Dye which is included in the river Dee Special Area of conservation.
12 Oct 2018

Burning wind turbine in Rhede (Germany)

A police spokesman reported that the fire initially broke out in the nacelle at around 3 o'clock on Friday morning and spread to the entire turbine. One blade of the wind turbine fell off after a short time while large parts of a second blade followed. Although the third blade did not burn, it threatened to fall after the nacelle was largely destroyed. 
12 Oct 2018

With the energy turnaround, Germany threatens to finally lose control

The consumption of resources to implement the energy transition is "unparalleled". The federal ministries and the subordinate authorities employed around 675 full-time people last year, 300 of them in the Federal Ministry of Economics alone, spread over 34 divisions and four departments. In addition, there are at least 45 committees at federal and state level that deal with the energy transition. The effort that is made here almost contradicts one of the main goals of the energy transition: the economical and efficient use of scarce resources.
28 Sep 2018

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