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Wind farm subsidies to top £1bn this year

The cost of subsidies for wind farms is expected to top a billion pounds this year for the first time. The disclosure comes ahead of a long-awaited government announcement to cut the size of the subsidy, which benefits the big energy companies but is added on to household electricity bills.
15 Jul 2012

George Osborne in standoff over coalition's green energy plans

The Treasury is likely to face strong criticism for standing in the way of the legislative process and failing to address the concerns of potential investors in clean energy, who say that flaws in the legislation, as currently drafted, will endanger the quest for cleaner energy at affordable prices.
14 Jul 2012

Proposals submitted for giant wind farm off Isle of Man

Initial plans have been submitted for a huge wind farm with up to 440 turbines between Anglesey and the Isle of Man. A joint venture between Centrica and a Danish energy company could see the country's largest wind farm erected in the Irish Sea. It would feature between 147 and 440 wind turbines, and generate up to 2.2 gigawatts.
14 Jul 2012

MP shocked by wind turbine ‘bribe' claims

"I have made a specific point and raised it in Parliament about the bullying tactics of these companies," he said. "We've seen appalling behaviour by the banks and now it seems the energy sector through these alleged claims is in a similar position." Mr Smith added he believed there would be a vast reduction in the number of applications for wind farms if the subsidies were reduced and called on anyone with complaints about the companies to get in touch.
13 Jul 2012

Italian wind farm seized in mafia probe

Arena is suspected of having had a wind farm built on behalf of the clan through shell companies based in Germany, San Marino and Switzerland. The wind farm has 48 generators and is considered one of the biggest in Europe in surface area and output, investigators said in a statement.
13 Jul 2012

Carlton Colville turbine plan set for refusal

In a planning report to be presented at Tuesday night's meeting, council planning officers say the plan should be rejected as it provides "insufficient information on visual impact and impact on wildlife" in the submission. There are also concerns over the lack of information about noise and ‘shadow flicker' from the proposed turbine.
11 Jul 2012

Wind farm noise nuisance couple speak of relief

"Making plans" is what Jane and Julian Davis are most looking forward to after their five-year wind turbine legal battle came to an end last week. The couple reached a secret settlement in their High Court case, which they launched after claiming the wind farm at Deeping St Nicholas drove them out of their nearby home.
11 Jul 2012

MPs back Hunts wind farm opponents at two sites

“We are also concerned about noise and health issues, which have not been fully explained. I don’t particularly want to be a guinea pig.” Ms Wood believes the spate of wind farm applications for the A14 corridor – which operators concede is a low wind-speed area – is an attempt to beat a reduction in the level of government subsidy for renewable generation.
9 Jul 2012

Milton Keynes Council faces legal fees threat over wind turbine ruling

Milton Keynes is one of the first councils in the country to impose a ban on massive turbines being built less than 1.2 kilometres away from housing. RWE bosses, who want to put 17 wind turbines on two different local sites, claim the ban is unlawful and contrary to the Government's national policy to produce green energy whenever possible.
3 Jul 2012

More melt down in wind ‘industry’ as global giant Vestas hits serious debt burden

Serious investors in a serious industry are there for the long haul. These are fly-by-night carpetbaggers, grabbing and running in an ‘industry' thrashed into existence simply because the subsidies were there; and governments were desperate to achieve carbon emission targets. Now, in harder economic times ...both available subsidies and potential demand are shrinking.
2 Jul 2012

Monks selling retreat at Ae forest

Buddhist monks are selling their spiritual retreat in the forest of Ae because they can't live near a windfarm. Scottish Power, which has lodged plans to extend the Harestanes development with a further 19 turbines, said it was close to finalising a buy-out deal with the Tharpaland monks. Concerned monks submitted evidence ...claiming they suffered serious side effects when they were praying within five miles of a windfarm.
29 Jun 2012

RWE seeks German redress over wind farm delay

RWE AG, Germany's second-biggest utility, is seeking compensation from the federal government as its offshore wind farm project faces "further massive delays," Der Spiegel reported on Sunday, citing the company's new CEO. Efforts to link RWE's so-called Nordsee Ost wind farm in northwestern Germany to the main electricity network keep running behind schedule.
24 Jun 2012

Vestas ends plans for UK offshore wind plant in Sheerness

With its own deployment plans slowing, Vestas is likely to have been unwilling to continue paying to retain first call on the facility for an extended period. It received local planning approval for the proposed plant in May this year. ...The company has always said that a final decision on the factory would be dependent on receiving firm and unconditional orders for its turbine.
22 Jun 2012

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