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The world’s largest offshore wind farm has abandoned expansion plans in a blow to the UK’s status as a global leader in the industry. London Array announced it will not go ahead with the second phase of an offshore wind farm, partly because of the time it would take to assess the impact on birds.
Nautilus has dubbed the sector that operates boats for the UK's offshore windfarms the "wild west" of renewable energy. The union says basic safety rules are not being enforced, bullying and harassment are commonplace, crews lack training and are often forced to work in sea conditions beyond recommended limits. ...there is solid evidence of widespread malpractice and says Hammond's comments "smack of complacency."
Senvion, formerly known as REpower, has suspended production of offshore wind turbine blades at its Germany-based PowerBlades subsidiary ..."As a result of uncertainty regarding investment, the expansion of offshore wind power in Germany has not proceeded as planned. The sector has long viewed this development with serious concern," Senvion says in a statement.
Scottish Renewables has warned that Scotland’s offshore wind sector risks being “left in limbo”, as it claimed investment by major developers more than halved last year.
"There are indications from research that fish larvae can be damaged by intense sounds,” said Fabian Ritter, leader of the marine protection campaign at Whale and Dolphin Conservation in Berlin. "Seals are very sensitive to sounds and can be easily disturbed," he told DW. "There's disturbance and the risk of collision for birds, and bats, and other animals."
The world's biggest offshore wind farm has been proposed off Navitus Bay in Dorset, a scheme that would see 218 turbines built offshore, affecting Dorset and Devon, close to the coastline deemed a World Heritage Site. Mr Chope's Private Member's Bill it is running out of parliamentary time to complete the necessary stages should it clear its second reading.
Planners behind the Triton Knoll wind farm have cut the number of offshore turbines it will include. RWE Npower Renewables have reviewed their plans for the offshore wind farm and onshore energy development, which will be built near parts of the Lincolnshire coastline.
Hefty subsidies will only get harder to defend as bill-payers grow angrier about rising energy prices. And Britain is not the only country questioning its support for costly, complex offshore generation. ...One day mammoth offshore turbines might herald cheaper power. For now they only supersize the gamble.
Hard volcanic rock in the seabed, the strength of wave action which could impede construction and the significant presence of basking sharks are the main reasons for the decision. Announcing its decision, ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) said the Argyll Array project was currently not financially viable in the short term.
Scottish Power scrapped plans for a huge offshore wind farm on Friday due to tricky ground and wave conditions and the presence of protected sharks, making it the third utility in two weeks to drop a wind project in British waters.
ScottishPower has scrapped plans for a £5.4bn wind farm off the west coast of Scotland, saying the seabed was too hard, the waves were too big - and it had discovered of hundreds of basking sharks in the area.
Ben Warren, environmental finance leader at consultants EY, said that some investors were wary of the U.K. because of the government's Electricity Market Reform, an overhaul of the electricity market that affects everything from nuclear to renewables. "Uncertainty surrounding the current energy framework in the U.K. is widening the time gap between investors announcing their intentions and taking action."
Plans for a huge wind farm off the North Devon coast have been shelved. Developer RWE Innogy is pulling the plug on the 240-turbine Atlantic Array project, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) told the BBC.
The biggest news is renewables this week was probably the bankruptcy of China's Suntech, once the largest PV firm in the world. But in Germany, the news on Friday that offshore wind farm developer Bard folded drew the most attention in Germany -- as a sign of the struggling offshore sector.
"Alex Salmond has a death wish for Scotland, where he wants to put these horrendous industrial wind turbines all over the place," Mr. Trump said in a telephone interview last week.
Controversial plans for the offshore wind farm being opposed by Donald Trump suffered a hammer blow today when proposals for an onshore substation for the Aberdeen Bay development were thrown out by councillors. A total of 62 out of 85 residents in the hamlet of Blackdog had written official letters of protest against the substation proposal to Aberdeenshire Council.
One-hundred-and-seventy-five wind turbines at the world’s biggest offshore wind plant, the 630MW London Array off Kent’s coast, were shut down from 6.30am until 8.30am.
German bureaucrats have come up with over 4,000 different subsidy categories for renewable energy, apparently adhering to the principle that what is particularly expensive has to be lavishly subsidized. As a result, a large proportion of the subsidies are used to support highly inefficient technology, such as solar parks in regions of eastern Germany that receive relatively little sunlight and wind turbines far off Germany's North Sea coast. ...if the Energiewende turns out to be a climate killer, it would be better to call the whole thing off.
Poole councillor Tony Woodcock said although the consultation report mentioned clutter on radar displays at the airport, there was no clear mention of any effect on ships radar and navigational systems. He said there was no study of the effect of the blade noise carried ashore by prevailing winds and no mitigation for 1.2 million migrating birds.
Michael Limburg, vice-president of the European Institute for Climate and Energy, told CNN that the government's energy targets are "completely unfeasible." The rapid transition to renewables is economically "insane," arguing that wind farms will cost at least 13 times more than traditional coal plants.