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Npower chief warns over blackouts as second supplier says carbon tax worsening situation by forcing coal-fired power plants to close. "Will we get through this winter? Yes. Will we get through next winter? I don't know," Mr Massara said
Speculation about the future of the controversial offshore wind farm being opposed by tycoon Donald Trump intensified today as the developers announced a two year delay in their plans to connect the scheme to the National Grid. Concerns about the fate of the £230 million Aberdeen Bay wind farm project were first raised earlier this year when Swedish company Vattenfall announced plans to put its in the venture up for sale.
"There is a health and safety concern. These are gigantic structures, and thoroughbreds are flighty creatures and will spook at anything that's unfamiliar.
German power giant RWE said Tuesday it has decided not to go ahead with a plans to build a gigantic wind farm in the Bristol Channel on Britain's west coast. "RWE Innogy has reviewed the Atlantic Array Project and the Round 3 Bristol Channel Zone," RWE said in statement.
Mr Pringle, an npower customer, had written to the firm asking what percentage of his bill goes towards wind power and “how efficient is wind power.” In reply, the company said: “There is no answer as to how efficient wind power (sic) so therefore we can not answer this question.”
Street pastors have been drafted in to help keep the peace during a public debate on wind energy amid concerns that emotions might boil over into violence.
Danish wind turbine maker Vestas posted a quarterly loss on Wednesday but raised its 2013 forecast as it continued with a restructuring programme which has cut thousands of jobs. "The free cash flow for 2013 is now expected to be 500 to 700 million euros ($675 to $945 million) compared to the earlier expectation of a free cash flow of minimum 200 million euros," the company said in a statement.
Nearly 100 villagers voted unanimously at a packed public meeting to oppose on-shore wind turbines. But the move came after it emerged that the company behind a proposed wind farm and wind turbine manufacturing plant in Jurby had now abandoned its plans for five 150m high turbines at the airfield site and was now exploring options for solar power instead.
An appeal was lodged against Donegal County Council awarding permission on a number of grounds including that it didn’t take correct note of public submissions, the impact of low level sound on human health as well as a potential negative impact on the environment, scenic beauty and tourism.
Press coverage of wind energy may have raised questions about its cost and efficacy. Ministers may have promised month after month that local opinion is important and that turbines should be sited the right, appropriate places. Yet on the ground, where it matters, the green rush has continued. This enthusiasm, sad to report, is not propelled by any kind of idealism, but by the unimaginably large financial rewards on offer over the next 25 years.
Jubilant villagers are celebrating victory in a three year war against the developers, Wind Ventures Ltd. But they are still picking themselves up from a legacy of blighted home sales, lives having to be put on hold – and paying off a £40,000 bill for lawyers and experts who represented them at a planning inquiry.
Siemens has refused to rule out axing jobs in its wind division as the company prepares to make 15,000 redundancies. The company-wide cuts will be implemented over the next 12 months as part of a previously announced Siemens 2014 cost-cutting programme aimed at saving EUR 6 billion.
Councillors in Torridge have withdrawn their support for the Atlantic Array project - a wind farm proposed off the North Devon coast. Earlier this month Torridge District Council voted not to raise objections.
Campaigners from across the country are poised to besiege the SNP conference to call for a rethink of the Scottish Government's windfarm policy, with a large representation expected from an area last night described as the "last bastion" in the fight against major developments.
Torridge District Councillors voted not to support proposals for the Atlantic Array wind farm during a highly-charged meeting in Bideford tonight (Monday).
"Renewable energy does have a role but will only provide a small amount of our total energy needs. The proliferation of random wind turbines and field scale solar farms is having a detrimental effect on the Cornish countryside and we need tougher planning rules to ensure they are only allowed when they have the support of the local community."
Police said the money had been laundered. The operation followed up the biggest-ever assets seizure in the history of Italy in April, when over 1.3 billion euros belonging to wind-farm and solar-power magnate Vito Nicastri was taken.
As we look on in mounting horror at the incredible crisis being created by our government’s insanely skewed “green” energy policies, it is time for a new ingredient to be inserted into the debate: the possibility of producing almost unlimited quantities of reliable, CO2-free electricity very much cheaper than that from those absurdly inefficient wind farms. Two American firms, backed by the US Department of Energy, are now well advanced in developing factory-built “mini-nuclear power plants”.
German energy firm RWE wants to build 240 huge turbines, each 733ft tall - more than four times the height of Nelson's Column - in the Bristol Channel. Developers say the project some 10 miles off the North Devon coast would generate 1,200 megawatts of electricity, helping Britain meet its renewable energy targets and create thousands of jobs.
Plans for a tidal barrage generating power on the Severn estuary were dealt a further blow on Wednesday when the government ruled out proceeding on current plans. However, ministers said if major changes were made to the scheme, with new environmental studies and reassurances over financing and technology, it could be revived and given serious consideration.