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Jobs claim by wind farm lobby dismissed

Britain's environment secretary, Owen Paterson, said wind farms had "significant impacts on the rural economy and the rural environment, all of which weren't intended when these things were thought up". Crewe is supporting Labour Senator John Kelly's Wind Turbines Bill, which would lay down minimum separation distances between wind farms and people's homes.
17 Oct 2012

Major south Norfolk wind farm turned down on appeal

Developer TCI Renewables decided to appeal the decision, but today the planning inspector Zoe Hill concluded that the appeal should be thrown out. She said that while planning policies weighed heavily in favour of renewable energy projects, the plans still fell down on key areas, mainly the impact on nearby homes.
15 Oct 2012

8,000 sign Anglesey petition against wind turbines

Opponents of wind turbine development on Anglesey have drawn up a petition they say has been signed by more than a tenth of the island's population. Campaign group Anglesey Against Wind Turbines said nearly 8,000 people support their call for limits on commercial wind turbines.
11 Oct 2012

German Energy Plan - Part 2: Grids Connection Problems

The problem is that the southern states are not particularly excited about receiving electricity from the wind farms in northern Germany. Bavarian Governor Seehofer talks about self-sufficiency and investing billions in the regional energy supply, including solar, hydroelectric and biofuel plants. ...RWE and the other large electric utilities now believe that the first north-south lines may not even be needed anymore when they go into service in a decade.
10 Oct 2012

German Energy Plan - Part 3: Power Plants Forced to Lose Money

On days when there is a lot of wind, the sun is shining and consumption is low, market prices on the power exchange can sometimes drop to zero. There is even such a thing as negative costs. ...Under current conditions, even the most modern and efficient combined steam and gas power plants are not recovering billions in investment costs.
10 Oct 2012

Vestas stops non-profitable projects in recovery hunt

The company's chief financial officer, Dag Andresen, said Vestas would stop and close down all non-profitable projects in areas such as research and development. Products which cannot reach the market within 18 months or will not be profitable for the firm within 24 months will be put on the chopping block, he said.
3 Oct 2012

Vestas reveals Norremark deals could cost EUR18 million

Vestas has announced it is terminating its severance agreement with former chief financial officer and deputy CEO Henrik Norremark, citing unauthorised deals costing the company "up to EUR 18 million". ..."[Norremark] seems to have entered into agreements in violation of the company's internal provisions regulating his power to bind the company as well as the company’s interests in general.
2 Oct 2012

Fury erupts over wind turbine proposals for Ipswich

Around 300 people turned out for an emergency meeting yesterday, organised by campaign group Stop Ipswich Turbines (SIT), to show their strength of feeling against the project. Partnerships for Renewables is working with Ipswich Borough Council, which owns the land between Pinewood and Belstead, to site the pair of turbines.
1 Oct 2012

Wind farm investors eye exit

Two of the biggest investors in Polish wind farms - Denmark's Dong Energy and Spain's Iberdrola - are preparing to exit central Europe's largest energy market ...Sale on the part of Dong and Iberdrola is probably dictated by the companies' quests to reduce debt, one of the people said on Tuesday.
26 Sep 2012

Fullabrook noise testing reveals wind farm is too noisy

The country's biggest on shore wind farm is too noisy according to the results of noise testing, it has been revealed today (Tuesday). But North Devon Council (NDC), as the local planning authority, could not confirm whether this breach of the wind farm's planning regulations would see them forcing Fullabrook Wind Farm to close.
25 Sep 2012
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