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HEAD teachers are being asked to venture out into hurricane-force conditions to switch off wind turbines in school playgrounds. That is one of the claims of far north anti-wind farm protesters who have heavily criticised Highland Council's safety review of school-based turbines.
Wind turbines might offer good returns for farmers - but not if they are vulnerable to extremes of the weather they need to operate. Gale force winds can blow debris or grit into gears or even cause entire turbine masts to collapse.
A hotly-contested plan to 're-power' a five-turbine wind farm near Ulverston has been given full support by Barrow planners. However, three of the turbines fall within South Lakeland District Council jurisdiction, who narrowly rejected the plan earlier this year.
The applications had opposition from Scottish Natural Heritage and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. SNH claimed the windfarms would impact "an area of the strongest wild land character - as confirmed by the wildness mapping work carried out" by the Government agency.
Cheshire-based Renewable Solutions UK submitted the application on behalf of the landowners to South Ribble Council, but have now pulled the plug on the scheme before it reached the planning committee. More than 100 letters of objection were sent to the council about the proposal, but two residents wrote in support of the idea.
The company said it was closing two plants - Albacete in Castilla-La Mancha and Tudela in Navarre - and restructuring a third at As Somozas, Galicia. The cuts affect 6% of the total workforce.
"Scots are battling to save our natural heritage from an invasion of foreign energy companies who take advantage of outrageous public subsidies to bank huge profits from wind farm developments across Scotland.
Defence chiefs could fight plans for a major wind farm in the Hampshire countryside over fears of radar interference. Developer EDF Energy Renewables plans to build 14, 126-metre masts on farmland at Bullington Cross, north of Winchester.
"The legal process started yesterday and I plan on proceeding for as long as required, irrespective of cost," Trump said Thursday as part of a released statement. "We will not allow the Scottish Government or any other party to undermine what we have created at Trump International Golf Links."
The Kirk's response to a consultation launched by the LRRG was critical of a system that has seen landowners such as the Duke of Roxburghe and the earls of Moray and Glasgow earn large sums for renting their land to wind-turbine energy firms. Critics point out that landowners rent their land to renewable generators, whose wind farms are subsidised by extra levies on ordinary electricity consumers.
The move is likely to be greeted with mixed reaction from campaign groups and green businesses. A longtime opponent of onshore wind and solar farms, he recently wrote in a blog that "the sudden proliferation of random, single [wind] turbines is starting to blight the Cornish countryside."
Wind farm operators in Scotland have been paid nearly £6 million over the past 33 days not to generate electricity, more than was paid out for the whole of last year. Campaigners claim there has never been a longer period of consecutive payments and are continuing to call for the energy regulator to investigate.
Plans to erect four large wind turbines have been torn up after the developer concluded that the site near Hutton in the Merse Valley is unsuitable. Airvolution Energy has announced that it will not be proceeding with plans to develop the 126.5m turbines at Crossrig, 3km southwest of Hutton.
New funding is being sought for a wind farm scheme off the coast of Aberdeen, opposed by Donald Trump, after a major investor announced plans to reduce its stake in the project.
A pledge from the London Government's Energy Minister saying local communities would have a voice in the planning process for wind farms has been welcomed by the leader of the SDLP on Newry and Mourne Council, Connaire McGreevy.
Controversial plans for a wind farm on a prominent site on the Yorkshire Wolds are being recommended for approval despite huge opposition and warnings that it will be seen for many miles. ..."We do not need developments of this scale in this area which is a very beautiful area," he said.
The appointment of Mr Cawley, who has led attempts to build a series of controversial wind farms across Britain, comes weeks after the authority announced it would formally object to plans for 80 turbines in the area around the park.
Darwen's MP says he is delighted that plans to erect a wind turbine on land near Bull Hill have again been turned down by planning officers. ...It was the fourth time a variation of the planning application had been submitted to Blackburn with Darwen Council.
The application comes after Mr Bott's six-year battle to bring wind power to Hertfordshire were effectively curtailed in November after a public enquiry dismissed the appeal against East Herts Council's decision.
Michael Fallon will shortly publish planning protections and proposals for a scheme of community "payments" for residents who agree to allow wind turbines near their homes. ...He also warned that he would not tolerate some areas being "swamped" by applications for wind farms. Several councils have been frustrated in their attempts to block such developments and have faced multi-million-pound legal bills.