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Sound exposure in harbour seals during the installation of an offshore wind farm: predictions of auditory damage

Hastie_et_al-2015-journal_of_applied_ecology_thumb Scientists at the Sea Mammal Research Unit at the University of St Andrews tracked 24 harbor seals and their behavior while offshore wind turbines were being installed on the east coast of England, in 2012. They predicted that half of the seals tracked received sound levels from pile driving that exceeded auditory damage thresholds. The results have implications for offshore industry and will be important for policymakers developing guidance for pile driving. A summary of the findings is provided below. The full paper can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
1 May 2015

European offshore wind – Counting the cost

After years of stop-start progress, the industrialisation of offshore wind is gaining momentum, but has many hurdles lying ahead. Screwing down the cost of technology, construction and operation of wind farms to a levelised cost of energy (LCoE) under €100 ($116) per MWh — at deeper-water, far-from-shore projects — would put fresh winds in the sails. 
4 Feb 2015

Dong maps Horns Rev overhaul

Dong Energy is to repair and upgrade all 273 blades at its six-year-old 209MW Horns Rev 2 offshore wind farm in Denmark. The Danish company said it would be removing the components from 91 Siemens 2.3MW machines and bringing them to shore to tackle the “retrofit” work.
27 Jan 2015

Wind farm ban Bill attacked by MP

Mr Chope said he wanted to stop further developments like the Navitus Bay wind farm proposed near his Christchurch constituency. He said: "This Bill ... would ensure such obscenities would not be able to be brought forward again in the future with all the uncertainty that generates for local people.
17 Jan 2015

Ulster’s first offshore wind farm scrapped

Northern Ireland’s first offshore wind farm has become the latest renewable project to be scrapped following a change in the UK subsidy scheme. Under the original plans, the £1bn project off the east coast of the province would have supplied almost 20 per cent of its electricity requirements.
2 Dec 2014

Wind farm plans sparks fears for seabirds

The Scottish Government has granted permission for hundreds of turbines in the Forth and Tay that could generate enough energy to power 1.4 million homes. But representatives from RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Seabird Centre said they were worried about the potential impact the structures would have on marine wildlife.
11 Oct 2014

Four large wind farms are to be built off the east coast of Scotland

Four huge offshore wind farms consisting of hundreds of turbines will be built of the east coast of Scotland after SNP ministers granted planning permission in the face of warnings about their “deadly” impact on seabirds. The developments in the Forth and Tay regions will be theoretically capable of producing up to 2.284 gigawatts (GW) of electricity, enough for 1.4 million homes.
11 Oct 2014

RWE shelves Galloper

German utility RWE Innogy has shelved the 340MW Galloper offshore wind farm amid mounting concerns that the project would miss the April 2017 deadline for the Renewables Obligation.
10 Oct 2014
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