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Britain got 15 per cent of its power from wind last year - twice as much as coal; Since the start of June, wind farms have been producing barely any electricity; The 'wind drought' has meant turbines have generated less than two per cent of the country's power this month
Norwegian utility company Statkraft may cancel plans to build one onshore wind farm in Sweden and scrap plans to upgrade another after a local court rejected its request to build taller turbines ...The Norwegian firm had requested increasing the maximum height to 220 meters (722 feet) from 172.5 meters (566 feet).
Angry Conservatives have claimed the Scottish Government is planning a multi-million pound money grab from the Borders by charging for work undertaken by the local council on wind farm applications.
Wind turbine technicians are at risk of fatal accidents or serious injury without regular refresher training, according to a study by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). Wind technicians struggle to recall key emergency steps within a month of their initial training and need regular practice to maintain their skill level, research has found.
Developers EDF Renewables have only offered to pay villages £2,000 per MW of electricity generated every year instead of the £5,000 recommended by the Scottish Government. The power firm claims other benefits, including a visitor centre dedicated to the wind farm and upgraded paths on the site, will make up some of the difference to locals.
Michał Kaczerowski, the head of Ambiens, speaks about the need for quick wind farm decisions.
"We are being squeezed out of the seas. The area we can work in is getting smaller and smaller. This harbour had 45 boats working out of it 20 years ago. It is eight or nine today. We can all see what happens to the fish when the turbines are put up."
"We do not believe this fire was accidental. There are traces of break-ins at the access doors to the towers," according to what the public prosecutor in Valencia, Alex Perrin, was told.
Government plans to end advantage for bids from citizen groups; Commercial developers complained unfunded bidders had an edge
A wind turbine is being allowed to burn itself out after being struck by lightning. Fire crews are at the scene of the blaze at Ransonmoor wind farm, near Doddington, following the lightning strike in the early hours of the morning.
Footage shot by firefighters at the site shows the nacelle of the turbine burned out, one blade still burning, smoke damage at the base of the tower, and smoke billowing out into the Fenland countryside.
The High Court judge said Good Energy Generation Limited's offer to cut local's electricity rates and invest in the community lacked detail and firm commitment
The Conservative MP Scott Mann said he is ‘delighted’ the High Court has dismissed proposals to build a wind farm near Week St Mary. The MP for North Cornwall said Good Energy’s appeal with the High Court was ‘dismissed by judges’ on May 25.
Many wind turbines are now 20 or even 25 years old. This increases the risk of serious accidents, of which some failures have already been reported. TÜV therefore demands the introduction of a mandatory inspection program in Germany.
'It’s very clear there is a very substantial downward trend in new investment, which is across the board in terms of investment in clean technology ranging from big wind farms right down to the effective collapse of the solar market'
A skipper who at that time sailed past the burning windmill on the Mariadijk in Ooltgensplaat has taken photos of the two boys on top of the mill, who have been later given to their parents. Alinda: 'The photo shows that Arjan and Daan hugged each other. Arjan probably went back through the fire afterwards, and Daan fell off the mill. I don't really want to think about what they've experienced. "
It is not always possible to continue operating old systems. In some cases the turbines must be dismantled. About 28,000 wind turbines are spinning under the German sky - many of them operating since the late nineties. Currently, the wind industry faces major challenges: With the expiration of the eligibility for subsidies under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) after 20 years, the operators have to decide whether the older plants should be decommissioned, dismantled, repowered or continue to operate as before. Under current conditions, this will impact approximately four gigawatts of wind project output nationwide according to estimates by the Institute for Integrated Production Hannover (IPH). In the future, an additional 2.4 gigawatts of EEG funding will be eliminated on average per year.
The damaged turbine at the Alpha Ventus offshore wind farm is set to be repaired with a replacement nacelle.
In an indication that manufacturers are undercutting each other to win orders, Siemens-Gamesa said it’s “experiencing volatile demand and considerable price pressure” even as it enjoyed its biggest order intake for onshore turbines.