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Bid to save Sleeping Goddess from turbines

A Lewis-based archaeologist has hit out at proposals to erect a Western Isles windfarm on a famous and mystical hill formation that resembles a woman lying on her back. If the plan is successful, Cailleach na Mointeach, the Old Woman of the Moors, would have some of the 53 turbines sprouting from her knees. The Cailleach, also known as the Sleeping Goddess, can be seen to the south side of the ancient Callanish stone circle.
1 Jun 2007

Plan for massive wind turbines

The first commercial wind farm in the UK could be replaced by the latest wave of towering turbines, it has emerged.The ten 100ft (30-metre) turbines have stood at a rural site at Delabole, North Cornwall, since 1992. The wind farm, one of the country's first, is visible from the main A39 route into Cornwall and has since become an iconic landmark. But now site owner Good Energy has revealed plans to "repower" the turbines.
31 May 2007

Beauly-Denny power line inquiry restarts

A MULTI-MILLION pound inquiry into plans to double electricity pylon sizes from Beauly to Denny restarted in Inverness yesterday-as the Executive considered proposals to abandon it altogether. Campaign groups against proposals to build 600 towers, some almost 200ft high, have already made three legal submissions claiming major flaws have surfaced in Scottish and Southern Energy's case and calling for a halt to the inquiry. But 11 weeks after those submissions were made at the £10 million public inquiry during its "strategic session" in Perth, ministers have yet to consider the documents and decide on their relevance.
31 May 2007

Deja ‘view’ as wind firm earmarks hill

Plans were unveiled this week for a £10 million wind farm in Easter Ross - just four years after the community waged a major campaign against a similar proposal. European wind energy company, Falck Renewables, has submitted a report to Highland Council outlining plans to carry out an environmental impact assessment for a five-turbine, 10 megawatt output, wind farm on top of famous local landmark, Hill of Nigg. A formal planning application will be made later this year and, if it is successfully developed, local people could have the chance to buy shares in the wind farm.
31 May 2007

Turbine planners to monitor force of the wind

Wind farm planners have announced they hope to build a mast to take detailed measurements of the gusts on an East Lancashire moorland site. German-based EnergieKontor UK Ltd hopes to build 24 giant wind turbines on the moors between Oswaldtwistle and Haslingden. The company has begun a consultation process with local councils and residents about the proposals.
31 May 2007

Environmental groups join forces to fight Glyndebourne over 230ft wind turbine

World-renowned Glyndebourne Opera House is embroiled in a row with environmental groups over plans to erect a 230ft wind turbine. The East Sussex venue wants to build the 850kw turbine on Mill Plain, between Ringmer and Glyndebourne. Four groups have united to fight the plans, claiming its position in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty is "absolutely wrong".
30 May 2007

Wind-farm developers ‘giving two fingers’

Campaigners seeking to block new large-scale wind farms proposed in Caithness are questioning the value of the Highland Council's recently-produced development blueprint. The document identifies the county as suited to site only small schemes. But that has not stopped plans for a number of major turbine ventures being tabled. According to Islay MacLeod, giving any the go-ahead would defeat the point of the exercise undertaken by the council and would undermine local democracy.
30 May 2007

Anti-pylon groups push sea option

Opponents to a proposed power line upgrade to connect wind farms with the National Grid want the electricity to be carried underwater. A public inquiry into the 137-mile plan has moved to its second phase with a hearing in Inverness. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) wants to build an upgraded pylons line from the Highlands to Denny. However, Scotland Before Pylons said sub-sea cables should be used as most of the electricity will be exported.
29 May 2007

Pylon inquiry starts second phase

A public inquiry into a proposed 137-mile power line upgrade through the Scottish countryside is to move into its second phase. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) want to build an upgraded line of pylons from the highlands to the central belt. The new proposed pylons would be up to twice the size of the current ones but fewer would be used. Over the next month the session in Inverness will hear evidence on the pylons' impact on the landscape.
29 May 2007

Plans revealed for Nigg wind farm

New plans to build a small scale wind farm at Nigg in Easter Ross were unveiled today (Tuesday). Falck Renewables, whose Operations HQ for the UK is based near Inverness, has submitted a report to Highland Council outlining plans to carry out an environmental impact assessment for a 5-turbine wind farm on Hill of Nigg. A formal planning application will be made later this year following the assessment, which will take a further 6 months to complete.
29 May 2007

Fury around Glyndebourne turbine

Four environment groups have united to fight plans by Glyndebourne Opera House for a 70m (230ft) wind turbine. Glyndebourne wants to site the 850kw turbine on Mill Plain, between Ringmer and Glyndebourne in East Sussex. "The position in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Park designate is absolutely wrong," said Dr Tony Parker of the South Downs Society.
29 May 2007

Wind turbines plan backed by councillors

TWO new wind turbines in Alvah have come a turn closer. Plans for the erection of turbines at Strath of Brydock, Alvah, for the Grampian Country Food group, were given the nod by the Banff and Buchan area committee of Aberdeenshire Council. They will now be referred to Scottish Ministers for a final decision.
29 May 2007

Wind turbines plan to transform harbour

Plans to build up to five 120-metre tall wind turbines at Shoreham Harbour are being drawn up, The Argus can exclusively reveal. Green power company Ecotricity has held meetings with Brighton and Hove City Council to discuss the proposal, which could generate electricity for up to 7,500 homes. Scouting work has already been carried out at Shoreham Harbour and the energy company has located four or five possible sites, two within the city boundaries, on the eastern arm of the port. Ecotricity believe the wind farm could hold up to five turbines, although two to three are more likely, which will tower 120 metres to the tip, including an 80-metre base and 40-metre blades.
29 May 2007

Plans for new windfarm

Plans for a new windfarm development near Nantglyn have been received by Denbighshire County Council's planning department. The county council has received an application for a 16 turbine windfarm on land east of Llyn Brenig. The application has been submitted by Natural Power Consultants Ltd, acting as agents for Brenig Wind Limited.
25 May 2007

Energy park fight still up in the air

CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to continue their fight to stop an old Ministry of Defence airfield being turned into an energy park after councillors delayed making a decision on plans for the site. East Northamptonshire Council's planning committee was expected to approve plans by Chelveston Renewable Energy Limited to change redundant buildings at Chelveston airfield so they could be used for energy generation. But after debating the issue at a meeting on Wednesday. the committee deferred a decision until members had visited the site.
25 May 2007

Giant pylon line unnecessary, say experts

Building the controversial Beauly to Denny transmission line would be an "entirely unnecessary act of vandalism", according to three senior industry and economic authorities who have complained that the public inquiry into the proposal will not let them explain why. The three - Professor Andrew Bain, Sir Donald Miller and Mr Colin Gibson - have written an open letter to the press because of their frustration that the inquiry is not allowing crucial evidence to be aired which would expose what they claim are deep flaws in the proposals.
25 May 2007
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