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The renewables industry is demanding Chancellor Angela Merkel ends an impasse over a damaging planned distance rule for onshore wind and a cap on support for solar power. Both issues were supposed to be tacked at a meeting today with the premiers of Germany’s 16 states, but energy issues were adjourned due to pressing discussions on the Coronavirus.
Clwyd West AM Darren Millar , who opposed the original development, said: "These revised plans will add insult to injury to those who opposed this controversial planning application. "Many of my constituents are concerned about the cumulative visual impact of onshore wind farms in this beautiful part of North Wales and making them even larger and more prominent will do nothing to address their concerns. "I will be pressing the local authority to reject these proposals."
The Kellehers claimed they started experiencing health problems in and around their family farm from May 2016 and had to move out of their home in November 2016. ...They claimed their symptoms eased after they moved away but returned if they spent any time attending at or assisting on the family farm. The defendants denied the claims, denied any breach of constitutional rights and said the wind farm was operated in a lawful manner.
Planners still have concerns about a proposed wind farm in Moray despite developers reducing the size and number of turbines. ...Now the developers have put forward scaled-back proposals – described as a “fall back option” – for the site to north of Archiestown, and west of Rothes. The revised plans reduce the number of turbines by six, with 15 at 490ft and a further eight reaching 570ft.
“The damage done to the earth by wind parks is irreversible,” announced Waltraud Plarre, an unofficial group leader of this citizens’ initiative, named “Save Brandenburg” after the state in which Schwielowsee lies. Later, Ms. Plarre pointed out that Germany exports most wind power produced, even as energy prices for the consumer have skyrocketed. “It’s insanity.”
The meeting in Mountmellick heard concerns about the height of the turbines, the noise they make and the flicker effect on nearby dwellings. Health and safety of the people in the surrounding areas was also high on the agenda. A number of people said the company did not consult widely and that a booklet distributed to some residents contained information “not conveying the true state of serious side effects from such monstrosities”.
“Evidence to date has clearly shown that the measures proposed will simply not protect families from the negative health impacts of industrial-scale wind turbines. They will condemn families to unnecessary lifelong misery, resulting in a massive waste of people’s time, energy, community money and a clogging of the courts. Communities will not stop fighting this injustice; these guidelines are unacceptable."
The Social Democratic Party (SPD) has proposed a new answer to people complaining about wind farms in Germany: offering money to those willing to live near them. "Those people who accept windmills in their neighborhood, and so make the expansion of renewable energy possible, should be rewarded," SPD environment spokesman Matthias Miersch told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper.
He and his neighbors demanded the operators shut down their turbines from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. He also joined a 500-strong protest group that stopped the wind farm from being replaced by taller, more modern turbines. Still, the 69-year-old feels the wind farm is keeping him from enjoying his retirement in peace. Depending on where the sun is positioned, the shade of one of the rotating turbines falls on his house. He says it is very unsettling.
Xavier Bertrand, the head of the northern France regional council, which has more wind farms than anywhere else in the country, said this week that he wanted a moratorium amid claims that they were ugly and bad for the health of people living near them. “There are too many of them already,” he said. “Developers claim they cause no problems, but which of them has a house at the foot of a wind turbine? None.”
Last year, one in ten Norwegians were quite or very negative about onshore wind development. This year, every fourth Norwegian answers the same (external link). In this new survey from UiB over 30 percent of Norwegians view wind power development on land as negative and this opposition appears to be increasing sharply.
The growth of onshore wind energy stays controversial, with many individuals fearing it may hurt both nature and wildlife. The plans of the federal government are additionally questioned with the argument that it’s not needed for Norway to develop wind energy in any respect, contemplating the nation’s surplus of climate-friendly hydropower.
Should the development be given the go-ahead residents would be left in a situation where they have windmills surrounding them on three sides in a horseshoe shape resulting in “intolerable noise.” As well as the noise, which is already an issue from the existing turbines when the wind blows from the east, there are also concerns in relation to infra sound and low frequency noise; the visual impact; shadow flicker and the devaluation to properties, in some cases making them unsellable.
Residents have monitored the site and claim to have evidence that proves the turbines produce more noise than any other windfarm in Cumbria. Gillian Haythornthwaite and Barry Moon, who have lived on Moor Road in Marton near the turbines for more than 20 years, said they are fervently against the proposed plans.
This year's survey shows that the majority are positive about wind power ...But there has been a marked negative turn since last year: While only one in ten Norwegians were fairly or very negative last year, every fourth Norwegian responds negatively toward wind power this year.
“Today what happened is a major offshore wind generation site and a gas turbine failed at the same time,” said Devrim Celal, chief executive officer of Upside Energy in London, which contracts with National Grid to help balance electricity. “There was a significant shortage of generation, and that sudden drop created ripple effects across the country.”
Having fought against onshore wind development being forced on unwilling communities for many years, support is not what I hear when I speak to rural citizens facing yet another wealthy multinational determined to spear industrial hardware into their environment.
“In Ballyduff, families living close by were forced to leave their homes after the development breached planning regulations – the blades in the turbine were too long. Other residents are now complaining of nausea, tinnitus and insomnia.”
Sleep disturbances and burnout are strikingly frequent near multitudinous wind turbines in Ostfriesland. Such serious illness has long-term consequences. Unfortunately, no interest is shown by politicians or official agencies.
The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) has said that how the industry has engaged with communities in the past is “not the way to do it”, referring to those negatively impacted by the development of wind farms.