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Tide turns in favour of wave power instead of wind farms

Voters in Scotland appear to be turning away from wind farms, a new survey has shown, in a blow to the Scottish Government's renewable ambitions. A poll carried out for Friends of the Earth has revealed that just 18 per cent of people north of the Border put wind power as their first choice for future energy supply.
25 Apr 2012

World's biggest wind farm planned for off south coast of England

The planned wind farm, which is three to four times bigger than any previously built, is expected to earn its Dutch owners Eneco more than a quarter of a billion pounds a year in subsidies alone. The scheme has already attracted widespread criticism with opponents claiming it will ruin coastal views for generations to come.
8 Apr 2012

Italy to cut renewable energy subsidies

"The development of renewables, combined with the stagnation of demand, is making it difficult to cover the production costs of conventional systems, putting at risk the ability to remain in operation," Colombo said.
2 Apr 2012

Denmark's energy industry faces new headwinds

Vestas depends on the US for one-fifth of its orders, making it highly sensitive to US market conditions. Decades ago, California had tax breaks which became a boon for the Danish company. When those ended Vestas barely survived. The same sort of crisis could come this December, if Congress decides not to extend a production tax credit that underpins the US wind industry.
27 Mar 2012

Denmark's energy industry faces new headwinds

Vestas depends on the US for one-fifth of its orders, making it highly sensitive to US market conditions. Decades ago, California had tax breaks which became a boon for the Danish company. When those ended Vestas barely survived. The same sort of crisis could come this December, if Congress decides not to extend a production tax credit that underpins the US wind industry.
27 Mar 2012

Residents celebrate as turbines plan rejected

People who feared they would become surrounded by wind farms are celebrating after plans for turbines were refused. Energy firm Wind Prospect wanted to build three 110- metre turbines at Foxton,County Durham - not far from land where controversial plans for what could be the country's biggest wind farm have been put forward.
26 Mar 2012

Wind farms pose risk to coastline, officials warn

In a review of European Union regulations to protect birds and animals, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs found that the UK is not imposing sufficiently strong protections around the coast. In Germany, wind farm operators are forced to do a thorough environmental assessment before building but Britain is far more relaxed, the review found.
23 Mar 2012

£22m windfarm plan near to collapse

Controversial plans for a £22 million windfarm between Worthen and Minsterley are on the brink of collapse after plans for a test mast at the site were withdrawn, it was revealed today. EDF Energy Renewables had submitted a planning application for a 230ft high test mast to measure the viability of the site as a windfarm.
23 Mar 2012

‘Noise nuisance' farmhouse is sold

The sale of the property at Grays Farm, on North Drove Bank, Spalding, has been revealed in Land Registry documents more than three months after a secret settlement was reached in the case. The new owners have been registered as Fenland Windfarms Ltd - one of the parties that was being sued by Jane and Julian Davis as part of the proceedings.
16 Mar 2012

Illegal towering wind turbine to be removed

A £1.3 million wind turbine which was illegally installed last year is facing removal after councillors voted for enforcement action. The 250ft (76m) structure at Callywith Farm at Bodmin in North Cornwall, was put in place last November, despite a stop notice issued by the local authority after it had earlier refused permission.
10 Mar 2012

Plans for new wind farm access ‘add insult to injury'

Villagers are furious over a developer's plans to change the construction access to a new wind farm, just months after the route was agreed at a public inquiry. Campaigners in Spaldington - population 130 - spent two and a half years and nearly £80,000 fighting two wind farm applications - one of which got the go-ahead on appeal last October.
9 Mar 2012

How much profit will a turbine turn?

As a rule of thumb, the annual income per MW fed to the Grid from wind energy is around £800,000 ...So the income from the Eye turbines might be around £1.6 million a year - which hardly makes the £7,000 offered to the locals for the blighting of their skyline the bargain of the century.
4 Mar 2012

The windfarm delusion

Even in a boom, wind farms would have been unaffordable — with their economic and ecological rationale blown away. In an era of austerity, the policy is doomed, though so many contracts have been signed that the expansion of wind farms may continue, for a while. But the scam has ended. And as we survey the economic and environmental damage, the obvious question is how the delusion was maintained for so long.
3 Mar 2012

Vestas a victim of its own propaganda

Only those in complete self-denial would dispute that the wind power industry suffers from overcapacity, a legacy of the pre-crisis turbine construction boom when oil and gas prices were at near-record levels and few had yet appreciated the competitive challenge of shale gas. In the fat years, wind and solar power companies were tempted into extravagant investments that exploited their soaring equity prices.
1 Mar 2012

Vestas a victim of its own propaganda

Only those in complete self-denial would dispute that the wind power industry suffers from overcapacity, a legacy of the pre-crisis turbine construction boom when oil and gas prices were at near-record levels and few had yet appreciated the competitive challenge of shale gas. In the fat years, wind and solar power companies were tempted into extravagant investments that exploited their soaring equity prices.
1 Mar 2012

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