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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

Germany: Swift action needed to keep offshore wind on track

In light of these major challenges, can Germany keep its offshore wind programme on track? While there are no fixed dates as to when the administration will act, Mr. Wesselink is adamant that swift action is essential for Germany's offshore wind programme to succeed. "Only when the new legislation has been drafted in line with our plans, will it be possible [for Germany to meet its offshore wind target]".
28 Feb 2012

Wind farm drive turning region into 'pin cushion'

"It is now more profitable to farm wind than cows on the land," he added. "This pin cushion of wind turbines is slowly destroying our single most important resource - the tourist industry - step by step. They are a waste of taxpayers' money and our grandchildren will be paying for them for the next 25 years."
18 Feb 2012

Renewed fury over Wingates wind turbine disruption

People at 22 homes in Wingates, near Rothbury, were left devastated last year when their fight against a proposal for six 110m high turbines close to the community ended in failure. Now, the company who will put up the turbines is to close the main road into the isolated hamlet for up to eight weeks.
16 Feb 2012

Spain: FIT suspension knocks wind sector

The government owes the utilities something in the order of €25 billion. It's called the tariff deficit because legally in the future they're supposed to increase their tariffs to consumers, to repay that amount to utilities." He adds: "It is simply unsustainable for Spain to continue to build new power generation capacity without doing something to eliminate the tariff deficit.
14 Feb 2012

Obstacles to Danish Wind Power

"Electric cars are basically big batteries on wheels that have the virtue of being largely paid for by consumers and managed by companies like ours," Mr. Andersen said. "That's a hugely attractive proposition for utilities in countries like Denmark that need to find outlets for their renewable energy."
23 Jan 2012

Cross-party MPs' group formed to fight wind farm expansion

The new All Party Parliamentary Group has been set up by Chris Heaton-Harris, a Conservative MP. He said: "Ministers need to look at this policy again. It is an inefficient technology, it adds to the bills of consumers, it harms the balance of the National Grid, it is the wrong renew¬able for the UK. We need a change of policy."
22 Jan 2012

Safety concerns over turbine application

A Carrick couple have voiced their concerns over a planning application for a wind turbine near their home. Yvonne and Robert Picken received notification last month of the plans for a 45-metre turbine close to their property on Liberty Road, which overlooks Carrick and Belfast Lough.
20 Jan 2012

Spurlens Rig windfarm bid blown out

The Ministry of Defence lodged a complaint against the Spurlens Rig development as the site lies within the 50 kilometre radius of the Eskdalemuir Seismic Array at Langholm. The application from developers Lomond Energy was also refused by Scottish Borders Council's Principal Planning Officer Craig Millar.
14 Jan 2012

Windfarm plans scaled down

Plans for a windfarm have been scaled down after planners went back to the drawing board. The proposed Langthwaite windfarm near Millom will now see six rather than eight turbines installed at the site. The height of the turbines has also been cut from 125 metres to 100.
13 Jan 2012

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