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When it is time to come clean

Openness and transparency were among the founding principles of the Scottish Parliament - yet Holyrood has been found wanting. It emerged almost by accident that last month the First Minister misinformed MSPs about the number of jobs created by his renewable energy drive. Mr Salmond insists it was an accidental slip ...But that clandestine corrections procedure gives as much cause for the concern as the First Minister's somewhat shaky grasp of basic facts and figures.
22 Nov 2012

Vestas turned back to start

Vestas' stock shares heading towards its lowest level since the company's IPO - in 1998. On Tuesday, shares of Vestas fell by 3.2 percent after news of the company's U.S. CEO, Martha Wyrsch, decided to leave the ailing wind turbine manufacturer.
13 Nov 2012

WWII bombs explode at North Sea wind farm

Offshore wind farms are an integral part of the German government's renewable energy agenda - and the buried ammunition is slowing down their construction. Boskalis Hirdes, an international company that disposes of unexploded ammunition, has found more unexploded ordnance than expected ..."We expected around 50 targets on a route length of more or less 45 kilometers, and we found more than 2,000."
8 Nov 2012

Renewables: Turbulence in offshore wind

"It is clear that people are rowing back on early investments," he says. ...Early tremors of concern arose last year when George Osborne, the chancellor, told the Conservative party conference: "We're not going to save the planet by putting our country out of business." Some interpreted this to mean the UK would water down its renewables targets if they made British businesses less competitive.
5 Nov 2012

MP Julian Smith urges people to speak out on wind farms

Skipton MP Julian Smith is encouraging residents to let the Government know their views on onshore wind farms. The Department of Energy and Climate Change is undertaking a "Call for Evidence" to examine how communities can have more of a say over hosting wind farms in their communities.
4 Nov 2012

Developer drops claim wind turbines do not hit house prices

A wind farm developer has withdrawn a leaflet claiming wind turbines do not affect house prices following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. The move follows an objection from an anti-wind farm campaigner who complained about material handed out by Wind Prospect Developments Ltd at an exhibition on a proposed 12-turbine development in Midlothian, Scotland.
3 Nov 2012

Swedish offshore wind projects at risk; Network operator warns of electricity surplus

Rapid growth in the number of proposed wind farms in Sweden threatens to produce a significant over-supply in electricity, warns the state-owned operator of Sweden's electricity grid, Svenska Kraftnät. ...Unless the Swedish government chooses to incentivise the construction of new offshore wind capacity, the majority of offshore projects risk being abandoned.
31 Oct 2012

David Cameron calls for 'debate' on wind farms

The Prime Minister said there is "no change towards renewable energy", despite John Hayes's promise to call a halt to the march of wind farms because "enough is enough". However, he hinted the number of wind farms could be reviewed after the UK meets targets set by the European Union, which dictate that Britain must get 15 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020.
31 Oct 2012

Job losses not ruled out by turbine company

The company, which employs around 200 people on the Isle of Wight at its research and development centre in Stag Lane, is undergoing a major international restructure and reducing its workforce to match expected tougher conditions next year.
31 Oct 2012

Windmills overload East Europe's grid risking blackout: Energy

Germany is dumping electricity on its unwilling neighbors and by wintertime the feud should come to a head. Central and Eastern European countries are moving to disconnect their power lines from Germany's during the windiest days. That's when they get flooded with energy, echoing struggles seen from China to Texas over accommodating the world's 200,000 windmills.
26 Oct 2012

Windmills overload East Europe's grid risking blackout: Energy

Germany is dumping electricity on its unwilling neighbors and by wintertime the feud should come to a head. Central and Eastern European countries are moving to disconnect their power lines from Germany's during the windiest days. That's when they get flooded with energy, echoing struggles seen from China to Texas over accommodating the world's 200,000 windmills.
26 Oct 2012

Hot air over wind power

Worldwide, the blogosphere pulses with indignation about solar subsidies. But the peculiar thing about all this wrath is how rarely it is directed at what is becoming a remarkably destructive aspect of renewable energy: its ability to drive down wholesale electricity prices.
22 Oct 2012

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