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'Civil disobedience' plan to stop wind farm traffic

An elderly Golspie resident has vowed she will resort to "civil disobedience" to prevent Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) from transporting turbine parts for the Gordonbush wind farm on the A9 through Golspie and Brora. Eighty-year-old Valerie Scott, who is disabled and can only walk with the aid of an elbow brace, claims to have the support of at least another 28 activists.
4 Mar 2010

Mast goes up at wind farm battleground

People have been urged to come and make their own minds up about a mast at the site of a planned wind farm. Campaign group Save Berkeley Vale reckons the 70m-high test mast at Stinchcombe is a blot on the landscape - and is a prelude to a future where eight bigger turbines could go up.
1 Mar 2010

North councils get a greater say on wind farms

Government rulings which turned down two rural wind farm developments could give planners in the region greater authority to refuse future inappropriate proposals. Officers at Northumberland County Council said the rejection of the schemes would have implications for future applications in the area.
1 Mar 2010

'92% of Burton villagers do not want wind farm'

Protest group Burton Against Turbines has continued its fight to uphold the council's refusal of North Lincolnshire's latest windfarm. As reported, renewable energy company RidgeWind is appealing against North Lincolnshire Council's decision to block plans for a seven-turbine windfarm at Flixborough Grange.
27 Feb 2010

Wind farms can damage peat, report warns

A report commissioned by independent environmental body Natural England and entitled "Investigating the impacts of windfarm development on peatlands in England", has described how the construction, operation and decommissioning of a wind farm can erode peat, emitting the carbon dioxide stored within it or leading to "complete peat loss" in some areas.
22 Feb 2010

Bad timing on wind turbine blades

Green bosses in the Tees Valley have questioned how a Tyneside scheme to build the world's biggest wind turbine blades was announced as the Corus blast furnace on Teesside was mothballed. US-based Clipper Windpower will build two blades a week, ramping up production to feed offshore windfarms including the massive Dogger Bank in the North Sea, and create a hub for the low-carbon industries in the region.
22 Feb 2010

April wait for news on wind farm future

It would be at least April before the Federal Government would move to discuss legislative changes to ensure the $400 million Musselroe wind farm was built, Bass Labor MHR Jodie Campbell said yesterday. Roaring 40s' project in the North-East is in jeopardy, causing angst for about 100 people set to reap employment from the project that would generate 168 MW of power into the grid.
17 Feb 2010

Offshore wind farm threat to fishermen

Sited 14km off the coast, the array, which will be developed by Swindon- based RWE npower renewables, would generate 1,500 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 1.1 million homes. However, members of the North Devon fishing fleet have complained that the development will occupy some of their most valuable fishing grounds, which would either force boats to move or tie up for good.
16 Feb 2010

Councillors' U-turn vetoes Strathpeffer turbine plan; Development breached planning guidelines

Councillors have changed their minds about a plan to build a 66ft wind turbine on the edge of the picturesque Ross-shire village of Strathpeffer, after reviewing last month's decision to approve it. The previous 5-4 vote by the Ross, Skye and Lochaber area planning committee has been overruled 19-6 by the council's full planning committee because it breached planning guidelines.
13 Feb 2010

Wind farms 'can't cope with Big Freeze'

Wind farms almost ground to a standstill during the Big Freeze just as demand for electricity was soaring. Government officials have been forced to admit onshore turbines were working at as little as 5 per cent capacity during the height of the cold weather. Energy experts said the revelation raised doubts about the wisdom of policies to expand wind farms.
12 Feb 2010

Cold realities of the wind farms that won't work when it snows

The problem seems to be that the cold weather was accompanied by high pressure and a distinct lack of wind and meant at a time when even the most frugal were turning up the thermostat, one of the country's most controversial energy supplies all but dried up. At its lowest ebb, figures show only 0.2 per cent of a possible five per cent of the UK's energy was being generated by turbines.
12 Feb 2010

Barmoor wind farm campaigners end long-running battle

The Save our Unspoilt Landscape (SOUL) action group has decided against seeking a judicial review of the decision to allow six 110-metre turbines to be built at Barmoor, near Berwick. A planning application from Catamount Energy and Force 9 Energy was first submitted to the now defunct Berwick Borough Council four years ago this month, in February 2006.
10 Feb 2010

Residents win seven-year battle against windfarm

There were smiles-a-plenty in the public gallery at County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, as the 50-plus anxious residents present were told that applicants Cornwall Light and Power Ltd would not be given permission to build a three-turbine wind-farm at Pentre Tump, Llanfihangel-nant-Melan.
10 Feb 2010

Residents win seven-year battle against windfarm

Local residents have won a seven-year fight to stop a windfarm being built near New Radnor. There were smiles-a-plenty in the public gallery at County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, as the 50-plus anxious residents present were told that applicants Cornwall Light and Power Ltd would not be given permission to build a three-turbine wind-farm at Pentre Tump, Llanfihangel-nant-Melan.
10 Feb 2010

Sillfield wind farm plans are rejected

Whirlwind Renewables' proposals for three 110-metre high turbines near Gatebeck were turned down by the planning inspectorate following a public inquiry last October. ...In his report, planning inspector Robin Brooks stated that the turbines would ‘markedly detract from enjoyment' of Brooklands and its open space.
2 Feb 2010

Joy as wind farm plans blown out

In strongly-worded representations to the committee that were backed up by the leader of the authority Chris Millar and other councillors, villagers expressed their concerns over the plans, which they say would blight the landscape, cause noise nuisance and be detrimental to the missile site, World War Two airfield and war memorial.
29 Jan 2010

Objections to new wind turbines plan

People from across West Cumbria and beyond have objected to plans for three wind turbines on the former Broughton Lodge opencast mine at Great Broughton. Manchester company Peel Energy is seeking permission for the turbines, which would be up to 410ft tall to the tips of the blades. ...people living near the site, and some from further afield, have raised concerns.
28 Jan 2010

Wind farm project for Leicestershire is rejected

Green power company bosses have vowed to appeal after a three-turbine wind farm project was rejected unanimously last night. The scheme next to Gartree prison, near Market Harborough, was thrown out because the 410ft high turbines would dominate the skyline. Planners also felt it could prejudice possible plans to build 1,000 homes nearby in the future.
27 Jan 2010

Wind farm power firm in investigation over tubine position

E.ON Climate and Renewables UK has a planning application lodged with Northumberland County Council for eight 115-metre turbines at West Ancroft, near Berwick. ...But The Journal has learnt that a formal complaint has been submitted to the council, suggesting that the straw bale used to represent the turbine nearest to homes was placed 200 metres out of position and 100 metres further from properties than it would be.
25 Jan 2010
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