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Offshore windfarms 'wild west' of renewable energy, union warns

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."
14 Feb 2014

Senvion suspends offshore wind blade production at subsidiary

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.
5 Feb 2014

Booming German offshore wind power industry puts pressure on marine life

"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."
25 Jan 2014

MP wants law to restrict wind farm growth

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.
17 Jan 2014

Volcanic rock and sharks scupper plan for offshore wind farm

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.
14 Dec 2013

RWE scraps Atlantic Array offshore wind farm in UK

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."
27 Nov 2013

Offshore wind: Bard is bankrupt

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.
23 Nov 2013

Blow for North East offshore wind farm plans

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.
30 Oct 2013

Reality Check: Germany's defective green energy game plan

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.
25 Oct 2013

Navitus Bay windfarm could be “iceberg waiting for a Titanic”, says Poole councillor

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.
9 Oct 2013

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