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Wind Farm: Conservationists win court appeal

Leading conservationists have won a High Court battle against plans for a wind farm on land owned by the Queen's cousin. The conservationists had warned that if it went ahead it would have resulted in substantial harm to a heritage area "of national significance".
9 Mar 2013

Applause as plans for wind turbine blown out

Councillors on the planning committee went against officers' recommendations and rejected proposals for a 30ft turbine at the club near Blackrod bypass. Plans for a twin-bladed turbine of the same size at the site, which is on protected green belt land, were also rejected by the committee in March last year.
7 Mar 2013

'Outrage' at plans for 2,300 wind turbines

Engineer Pat Swords, who is taking a case to the High Court in relation to the European Union's attitude to renewable energy targets, said local people were entitled under the terms of the Aarhus convention to be consulted about the proposals. He said wind energy does not work and the people of the midlands were being "sacrificed on the altar of a populist cult".
5 Mar 2013

Were wind turbines a mistake?

A former chairman of Fairlie Community Council has claimed that North Ayrshire councillors who pushed through a controversial experimental wind turbine site at Hunterston now realise they have made 'a desperate mistake'.
5 Mar 2013

Township places moratorium on wind projects

ALNWICK/HALDIMAND TOWNSHIP - With a packed council chambers backing The Alliance for the Protection of Northumberland Hills's presentation against two industrial wind turbine farms near Grafton and Centreton on the Oak Ridges Moraine, Alnwick/Haldimand Township councillors concurred during last week's meeting.
3 Mar 2013

Wind park building noise 'can kill porpoises'

"The construction work is very noise intensive," Otto von Estorff, from the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg told the paper. "The particularly conductive quality of the water means the noise can be clearly heard for several kilometres." He and his research team have measured around 200 decibels at the construction site.
28 Feb 2013

Wind farms will create more carbon dioxide, say scientists

Thousands of Britain's wind turbines will create more greenhouse gases than they save, according to potentially devastating scientific research to be published later this year. ...One typical large peat site just approved in southern Scotland, the Kilgallioch wind farm, includes 43 miles of roads and tracks. Peat only retains its carbon if it is moist, but the roads and tracks block the passage of the water.
23 Feb 2013

Landmark High Court bid to protect history from wind farms

In his decision, the planning inspector, Paul Griffiths, accepted the turbines would be an imposing feature but said "reasonable observers" would not be "confused" by the juxtaposition of historic buildings and a modern wind farm. For the first time, English Heritage and the National Trust have teamed up to challenge the ruling along with the local council in the High Court.
18 Feb 2013

Delight as Bronte Country turbine plan is turned down

One of several recent applications to build a wind turbine in the Worth Valley has been thrown out because of it could put tourists off visiting Bronte Country. The Bronte Society recently spoke out against the number of turbine planning applications being proposed for the area, which attracts tourists from around the world, eager to see the moor landscapes that inspired the sisters.
15 Feb 2013

Refusal of tickets over club's Swansea wind farm move

A leading opponent of the controversial wind farm scheme on the outskirts of Swansea is snubbing the Ospreys as a result of their support for the application. Councillor Ioan Richard said he will now not take up five match tickets he has been allocated to reward people from his ward who have done good in the community.
11 Feb 2013

Red tape trips up France's green energy hopes for wind power

French anti-wind group Vent de Colere has battled against the development of the sector for years and last year contested France's onshore wind tariffs. A French court has referred the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg which will now determine whether the tariffs constitute undeclared state aid.
4 Feb 2013
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