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The best deal offered to Scotland or just bribery? Two communities split by wind farm

One, the village of Kirknewton, is mostly thrilled at the prospect of a new wind farm, which stands to deliver many millions - but which cannot be seen from there because it is five miles away. Then there is the other, the people living near to the site, some of whom may not only see the turbines, but hear them, and who are mostly not happy at all. A ballot has shown they are 95% against.
16 Feb 2014

Wind energy: Chalk it up as a loss

In Episode 1 of this new web series, Ben Acheson excoriates industrial wind energy and ponders why the vast roll-out of huge turbines is still taking place. With the negative impacts on the tourist industry, precious landscapes, communities and businesses, is it time that wind energy was chalked up as a loss? Mr. Acheson is the policy adviser to EU Parliamentarian Struan Stevenson MEP. The full transcript of the video appears below.
16 Feb 2014

Wind energy: Chalk it up as a loss

In Episode 1 of this new web series, Ben Acheson excoriates industrial wind energy and ponders why the vast roll-out of huge turbines is still taking place. With the negative impacts on the tourist industry, precious landscapes, communities and businesses, is it time that wind energy was chalked up as a loss? Mr. Acheson is the policy adviser to EU Parliamentarian Struan Stevenson MEP. The full transcript of the video appears below.
16 Feb 2014

Wind farm over Bury could double in size

A wind farm overlooking Bury could double in size, if plans are given the green light. Peel Energy and United Utilities have announced a joint venture to expand Scout Moor Wind Farm and install an extra 26 wind turbines within the existing wind farm and in an area to the north of the site.
13 Feb 2014

Austria burdened by Germany's shift to green power

Weather-driven surges of German solar and wind power may lead to higher costs for Austria as its grid is forced to take measures to avoid breaking down, a Austrian energy regulator said, calling for a region-wide solution to excess flows. Austria already must deal with a constant unwanted supply of 2,000 megawatts of power from northern Germany that flows into its grid via Poland and the Czech Republic.
12 Feb 2014

Austria burdened by Germany's shift to green power

Weather-driven surges of German solar and wind power may lead to higher costs for Austria as its grid is forced to take measures to avoid breaking down, a Austrian energy regulator said, calling for a region-wide solution to excess flows. Austria already must deal with a constant unwanted supply of 2,000 megawatts of power from northern Germany that flows into its grid via Poland and the Czech Republic.
12 Feb 2014

Dorset coast windfarm scaled back again

Navitus Bay Development Ltd said that the northernmost ‘top triangle’ of the development will be removed, meaning the site, in places, will now be 3.8km further offshore than previously announced. It says the move will reduce the visual impact of the plans. It is the second time the boundary has moved back.
6 Feb 2014

MP blasts councillors over wind turbine

Rutland and Melton MP Alan Duncan has vented his fury at councillors who voted in favour of controversial plans to build a 200ft high wind turbine in Somerby. ...“I’m dismayed by those who voted in favour. We don’t elect Conservative councillors to go against their community and spoil our rural countryside.
6 Feb 2014

Angry councillor likens wind turbines to 'breeding rabbits'

Wind turbines have been likened to “breeding rabbits” by a councillor opposing plans in his constituency. County and district Cllr Bill Hunt has spoken out over contentious proposals to build four wind turbines at Berry Fen - land which borders Aldreth and sits within a few miles of Haddenham and Sutton.
2 Feb 2014

Solar energy jobs halve in two years

In an attempt to control the decline, the EU put a protective tax on on imported panels last summer. This saw lots of Chinese companies raising their costs, but it does not seem to have had much of an effect on homegrown production.
28 Jan 2014

Backlash grows over church’s wind farm role

Church of England commissioners are facing a growing backlash over their involvement in plans for a massive wind farm south of Hawick. The bulk of land involved, if the Scottish Government greenlights the scheme, belongs to the Church of England.
26 Jan 2014

'Renewable energy risking livelihoods in timber trade'

David Sulman is director of the Stirling-based UK Forest Products Association, which represents 60 British companies, one-third of them located in Scotland. He accused the FCS of risking "a rapid decline of the domestic wood processing industry" by failing to plan for future stocks of commercial conifers.
26 Jan 2014

Public meeting will debate plan for 13 wind turbines at Fulbeck Airfield

VETO spokesman John Cooke said: “VETO will work closely with the reVOLT group as sadly many people will be directly affected by both plans. However, we do need a separate group for three reasons: we need to quickly make the community aware that this is another, different and way more significant development. It is also at a much earlier stage than Temple Hill and finally the Fulbeck Airfield project is so large, it straddles two District County Council areas.”
21 Jan 2014

Germany plans 2.5GW onshore cap

German onshore wind energy is to be effectively capped at 2.5GW per year by reducing support if the capacity installed exceeds this amount. ...The amended Renewable Energy Act is due to take effect on 1 August 2014, according to a economy ministry "cornerstone" paper, due for discussion by the government later this week.
20 Jan 2014

RWE scales down renewables spend

For RWE, the moves are part of a repositioning to deal with problems that include drastically reduced earnings due to ongoing low wholesale electricity prices at a time when the company struggles with massive EUR 30 billion in debts. In the UK, RWE's conventional generating division made a EUR 69 million operating loss in the first nine months of 2013, compared with a EUR 162 million profit in the equivalent 2012 period
16 Jan 2014

Wind turbine rotor blades destined for landfill

Rotor blades from hundreds of wind turbines in Scotland could end up being buried in the ground at the end of their working life, according to a report from council officials. Because blades are constructed from complex materials, they are more difficult and expensive to recycle than other parts of a turbine.
15 Jan 2014

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