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Campaigners are celebrating after an appeal to build a 200ft high wind turbine in Somerby was dismissed by a planning inspector.
Plans to double the size of England’s biggest onshore wind farm have been scaled back after Rossendale residents objected. Scout Moor Wind Farm Expansion Ltd wanted to build another 26 turbines between Rawtenstall and Edenfield. The firm is now proposing to add just 16 turbines.
A parliamentary question from Murdo Fraser found that there have been 5,942 complaints about developments of 50 megawatts (MW) and over this year, compared to 2,951 complaints last year. ...Mr Fraser, the party’s energy spokesman, said: “The fact these objections have doubled in the last year shows the sheer strength of feeling among the public. “This isn’t people complaining about a single turbine in someone’s back garden.
An environmental charity which is seeking to challenge a decision to grant planning permission for a new windfarm in the Scottish Highlands has a bid to limit its liability for expenses in the proceedings refused.
After airing arguments both for and against the major proposals, councillors voted 14-3 to refuse the application in front of a packed public gallery in the town’s municipal buildings. Concern over the development’s possible impact on air traffic radar was one of the key factors behind the decision.
AES Wind Generation and Wind Energy believe that significant material issues were left out of the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals’ report and that the process leading up to the decision was flawed.
A developer is considering whether to appeal after being refused planning permission for a wind farm. Durham County Council’s county planning committee rejected plans by Infinis for five turbines at Wingate Grange, near Peterlee, on Tuesday (December 2).
The company has been taken aback by the level and strength of opposition to the plan for up to 194 turbines off the coast of Hampshire. ...The firm may be coming round to the idea that the potential reputational damage may begin to outweigh the commercial benefits of the scheme.
One of East Anglias leading onshore wind turbine developers has dramatically shelved any new projects - triggering doubts about the future of the controversial industry
So that very brief moment when all the 5,500 wind turbines in Britain were contributing 25 per cent of our power was not only highly untypical, but also served yet again to highlight the real problem with wind: that it fluctuates so wildly and unpredictably from one extreme to the other. At 4.30 last Thursday afternoon, for instance, it was contributing to the grid less than 2 per cent, when coal and gas between them were supplying 74 per cent.
A world-leading renewables firm that has received more than £15 million of funding from the Scottish Government has entered administration, placing 56 jobs at risk. Edinburgh-based Pelamis Wave Power announced the move yesterday, with directors saying they have been unable to secure much-needed additional finance.
More than 700 residents have made comments on controversial plans to erect five wind turbines near Ely.
Last summer the Telegraph disclosed that each job in the industry was effectively subsidised by £100,000 a year, reflecting the 12,000 people Renewable UK said were directly employed at the time, and estimated £1.2bn annual subsidy costs. The increased subsidy-per-job rate since then reflects first power being generated from new offshore wind farms, which receive far higher subsidies than those onshore.
A report to Gwynedd Council’s planning committee, meeting in Caernarfon today, recommends rejecting the application as officials believe erecting the turbine would have a “substantial detrimental impact on the open nature of the area and on the prominent and special views.
In a report produced for the Liberal Democrat energy and climate secretary, Ed Davey, renewable energy trade bodies, community energy groups and academics say that major future wind and solar farms should give communities the chance to invest and own as much as a quarter of projects.
A protest group has vowed to fight the construction of four wind turbines on the Herefordshire border until the bitter end. A decision on Reeves Hill was due on Thursday from Powys County Council – but has now been put back until November 20.
Keith Anderson, chief corporate officer, said it was cutting the size of its planned 240-turbine East Anglia offshore wind farm because the budget for subsidies to be awarded this year was “not big enough”. The project could be scrapped altogether if it did not secure a subsidy contract this year.
The developers debated with community opposition group Turbine Evaluation Group - Helensburgh and area (TEG-H) and answered questions from residents on a number of topics. All parties involved were pleased with how engaged the audience were and the turnout at the event, and TEG-H won the debate with 45 people voting against the plans, 21 in favour. The remaining 37 abstained.
A South Norfolk community is celebrating today after winning a battle to stop a windfarm being built. Over recent months wind turbine applications in the county have been rejected.
Ministers on Tuesday insisted there would be no blackouts, thanks to emergency measures to bolster the margin back up to 6 per cent – higher than last year - by paying three power plants millions of pounds to guarantee their availability and paying factories to switch off during times of peak demand. But experts cast doubt on those assurances.