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Green energy plans hit hitch

WIND power is not the only answer to the Government's renewable energy problem, according to the North-East's climate change experts. Despite a warning from energy groups that the UK is unlikely to tackle climate change without more wind farms, scientists from across the region have insisted there are plenty of alternatives. Their words have come after planners at Berwick Council rejected a 10-turbine application on Tuesday. And while most of the region's growing renewable energy sector supports wind turbines, alternatives are being lined up because of the growing objections to the turbines.
25 Oct 2007

CNAG to discuss wind turbine plans with Organic Power Ltd

REPRESENTATIVES of the Castletown and Newcestown Action Group (CNAG) are expected to meet with representatives of Organic Power Ltd this week to discuss its proposals to build 16 wind turbines and a bio-energy plant in the area. This follows a protest by CNAG, which was attended by around 150 people carrying placards, outside County Hall in Cork prior to Monday's meeting of Cork County Council. Members of the newly-formed group remained adamant that they do not want wind turbines located anywhere near their homes. ..."Locals are concerned about the loss of the area's natural beauty, their health, the effect on wildlife and prospects for future generations living in the community. We fear that this development will kill our community." Residents are also concerned about noise, flicker, the loss of TV or satellite signals and the visual impact of the large structures. Organic Power Ltd is a new renewable energy company, based in Skibbereen. The current 90 or so shareholders include landowners on whose properties there is potential to site wind turbines, renewable energy enthusiasts, and some renewable energy specialists.
25 Oct 2007

Vestas on crest of alternative energy wave

Canadian investors looking for exposure to the booming alternative energy sector have a handful of domestic players to choose from, but the local pickings are pretty slim and most of the companies are small. So why not look overseas, to one of the green behemoths that has sprung up on the international scene? ...The fast-growing U.S. wind power industry, driven by favourable government tax policy, is Vestas' largest current market. ...Some analysts are also urging caution over Vestas' high price. "We find the shares are fundamentally overvalued," said analyst Christian Nagstrup of Jyske Bank, a Danish financial institution. The biggest risk he sees at Vestas is a bottleneck in getting parts to build the turbines. Subcontractors have been slow in delivering key components, and that could slow delivery of complete turbines, Mr. Nagstrup said in a recent report.
25 Oct 2007

Vestas on crest of alternative energy wave

Canadian investors looking for exposure to the booming alternative energy sector have a handful of domestic players to choose from, but the local pickings are pretty slim and most of the companies are small. So why not look overseas, to one of the green behemoths that has sprung up on the international scene? ...The fast-growing U.S. wind power industry, driven by favourable government tax policy, is Vestas' largest current market. ...Some analysts are also urging caution over Vestas' high price. "We find the shares are fundamentally overvalued," said analyst Christian Nagstrup of Jyske Bank, a Danish financial institution. The biggest risk he sees at Vestas is a bottleneck in getting parts to build the turbines. Subcontractors have been slow in delivering key components, and that could slow delivery of complete turbines, Mr. Nagstrup said in a recent report.
25 Oct 2007

Campaign group formed to stop wind farm

An action group has been formed to fight proposals for a huge wind farm north of Grantham. BLOT - Belvoir Locals Opposing Turbines - was created on Monday after almost 200 villagers attended a debate on the plans for ten 410ft turbines within a two-mile radius of eight villages in and around the Vale of Belvoir. A vote was taken before and after the debate and the final count showed 165 people were against, 17 were undecided and five were in favour.
25 Oct 2007

Giant wind turbines face a storm of protest; General Electric plans generators with blades the size of a jumbo jet's wingspan

A new generation of super-size wind farm could be on its way to a field near you. General Electric is developing wind turbines with blades longer than the tip-to-tip wingspan of a jumbo jet. In a move likely to dismay activists who view wind farms as a blot on the landscape, the American company has taken the wraps off a project to develop power-generating windmills with blades of 70 metres - some 75% longer than the typical existing length of 40 metres. ...There was a hostile reaction yesterday from British campaigners who have fought wind farms on the grounds of their appearance, noise and economic viability. Angela Kelly, chairman of the pressure group Country Guardian, said she was "horrified" by jumbo jet-sized windmill blades and described the prospect as an "absolute disaster".
25 Oct 2007

Wandylaw wind farm plan is refused

BERWICK Borough Council has refused the Wandylaw windfarm planning application from RidgeWind Ltd for 10 turbines, situated near Ellingham, by eight votes to two at a special meeting of the planning committee on Tuesday night. The reasons given for the refusal of the application included the "detrimental visual impact on north Northumberland", the cumulative effect had both Wandylaw and Middlemoor windfarms been given the go-ahead, the proposed extension of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) right up to the A1, and also national security and public safety issues regarding Ministry of Defence radar interference.
24 Oct 2007

Minister confirms retreat from 20% renewable energy target

The government signalled last night that it is pulling back from its aspiration to source 20% of Britain's energy supply from renewables by 2020. ...He also said Britain was contributing to the fight against climate change in other areas. "At the end of the day, renewables is a means to an end. The end is bringing down carbon emissions," he said. Leaked briefing documents prepared for Gordon Brown by John Hutton, the secretary of state for business, and obtained by the Guardian, revealed that the target Tony Blair had signed up to earlier this year (for 20% of all European energy to come from renewable sources by 2020) was expensive and came encumbered with "severe practical difficulties".
24 Oct 2007

Wind farm plans savaged

A WIND farm set to be created between two villages will end up being a white elephant which does little to tackle global warming. That is the view of Steve Money who lives on a farm in Walcote near to land between the village and Swinford where 18 120 metre turbines have been earmarked for. ..."Unless we unite and oppose this development we will quickly discover that we have a huge white elephant in our midst, contributing little to the reduction in global warming with each turbine saving roughly the equivalent of one HGV's CO2 emissions. "It will add nothing positive to the local economy, but the vandalism to our country side and negative impact on our lives will be irreversible."
24 Oct 2007

Lotus turbine poised for refusal

Controversial proposals to develop a windfarm at Norfolk sports-car manufacturer Lotus's test track have been recommended for refusal by district planners. ...Objectors include the Ministry of Defence, which claims the turbines would cause "unacceptable interference" to the air- defence radar at RAF Trimingham, as well as neighbouring residents who fear their lives will be blighted by the structures. Among the concerns are the visual impact over large areas of unspoilt countryside, the industrial nature of the development, potential noise and shadow flicker, and the effect on farm animals and wildlife. There have been 111 protest letters and six in support.
24 Oct 2007

Energy firm has high hopes for wind farm

With eight 78-metre high wind turbines, the Gotthard project would not only be the largest wind farm but also the highest in Switzerland, at 2,040-2,131 metres above sea level. ...However, obstacles remain before sails start turning in the Gotthard pass. The area first has to be rezoned by the local authorities before planning permission could be sought and granted. ...Plans for a wind farm on the Gotthard Pass are not new. A report on wind energy in Switzerland published by the state in 2004 said locating turbines in the Gotthard Pass would be "unthinkable".
24 Oct 2007

Public meeting on wind energy survey

MEMBERS of the public have the opportunity to hear first hand about the results of a study that looks at the capacity for wind energy in the south and west of Berwick-upon-Tweed area of Northumberland. ...The study used the award-winning methodology developed to assess the landscape capacity to absorb wind development, which can be used to help inform decisions on planning applications.
24 Oct 2007

It's vandalism

There are serious questions which require truthful answers: what is the actual wind speed which will produce this optimum 66MW; and how frequently will this speed occur at Fullabrook Down? ...If it was practical to use wind to generate electricity, it would have been done many years ago.
24 Oct 2007

Unwilling saviours of the environment

I view with dismay how your counties of the South West are being ravaged by the desire of others for you to solve the world's climate change problems.I am not surprised that the wind farm development at Fullabrook Down in North Devon was passed. Cornwall has been an easy target for developers and now, with government blessing, the race is on to ruin Devon. ...One problem for our ministers, planners and inspectors is that unless they take the time to do independent research, the technical data they are presented with will have been supplied either directly by the British Wind Energy Association or an agency which gets it from the same source. While the public begins to wise up to wind power the Government still sees what it wants to.
23 Oct 2007

Talks aim for cross-border protection of birds of prey

Some 51 per cent of African-Eurasian migratory raptor species have an "unfavourable" conservation status. John O'Sullivan, of Birdlife International, a global alliance of conservation organisations, said: "We have recently heard about the sad case of the golden eagle being poisoned in Scotland, but birds of prey face additional problems trying to settle in networks of suitable habitats along their migration paths. We know little about the status of raptors in Africa, and in Asia species are poorly understood." The main threats to the birds, Mr O'Sullivan said, were habitat loss, illegal hunting, power lines, and wind farm initiatives.
23 Oct 2007

Labour's plan to abandon renewable energy targets; Leaked doc. detail strategy for U-turn

Ministers are planning a U-turn on Britain's pledges to combat climate change that "effectively abolishes" its targets to rapidly expand the use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. Leaked documents seen by the Guardian show that Gordon Brown will be advised today that the target Tony Blair signed up to this year for 20% of all European energy to come from renewable sources by 2020 is expensive and faces "severe practical difficulties". ...The shift in stance is due to be discussed at full cabinet next week. Last night a spokesman for the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform said: "We don't comment on ministerial meetings with the PM."
23 Oct 2007

U-turn plea over huge wind farm

A Devon council is calling on Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks to reverse a decision to allow a huge wind farm. Earlier this month Mr Wicks gave Devon Wind Power the go-ahead for a 22-turbine project at Fullabrook Down. ...Council leader Mike Harrison said the "landscape and people of North Devon have been sacrificed in the national interest". He added: "This is a classic example of the impact of centralised planning on a local community."
22 Oct 2007

Turbines take over county

The so-called green benefits will not out-weigh the damage and destruction that this will bring to the area. What also saddens me is the fact that this isn't the only village that is under threat as we speak. It seems that wind farm developers will not be happy until every village from Carlisle to the Lakes is home to these things.
22 Oct 2007

The High Cost of Climate Lies

The IPCC has depended on computer climate models for its claims and there is now a volume of papers demonstrating how they have repeatedly been proven to be inaccurate. ..."The most elaborate of all their ‘evaluation' techniques is far more dubious," said Dr. Gray. "Since they have failed to show that any models are actually capable of prediction, they have decided to ‘evaluate' them by asking the opinions of those who originate them, people with a financial interest in their success." "Sooner or later all of us will come to realize," Dr. Gray concluded, "that this organization, and the thinking behind it, is phony. Unfortunately severe economic damage is likely to be done by its influence before that happens."
21 Oct 2007

Windfarm hopes to move forward

The company behind plans to build a wind farm off the north Norfolk coast says it hopes to have all the permissions it needs in place by the end of the year. But Scira Offshore Energy's plan to put around 88 turbines at Shreingham Shoal is still meeting opposition from locals. ...At a recent meeting of Plumstead Parish Council councillors said that ...they want to see an all cross country route that avoids all residential areas, takes into account areas of outstanding natural beauty and other environmental considerations.
21 Oct 2007

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