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It is widely recognised that variable wind speeds result in actual power output significantly below the maximum level – on average between 25 and 30 per cent, according to Government data. However, the report from the Adam Smith Institute found that such average figures were “extremely misleading about the amount of power wind farms can be relied up to provide”, because their output was actually “extremely volatile”.
As reported in last week’s Advertiser, 62 per cent of respondents opposed the plans – although just 402 householders of the 7,767 homes sent surveys back. The survey was designed to gauge public opinion, and was part of an ongoing campaign by Helensburgh to inform and engage with the local community regarding the community wind farm.
Villagers say a precedent has been set in the fight against wind farms in the East Riding after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles agreed there were too many turbines in the area.
Ms Truss said: "Food and farming is our number one manufacturing industry, the whole food chain represents £100bn in our economy, and it is a real problem if we are using productive agricultural land for solar farms."
The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS), which represents climbers and hillwalkers, welcomed news that ABO Wind UK Ltd had withdrawn a planning application for five wind turbines at Woodlands Farm near Dingwall, Ross-shire.
The business at Haverton Hill, near Billingham has struggled to land a big order since it was hailed as a key part of the region's renewable energy sector when it opened in summer 2011.
A new report claims that if the Government continues to chase renewable wind power, the average household bill will soar by £1,000, costing homes £26billion by 2030. The report, submitted to the Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, was authored by the Scientific Alliance.
Vandals have caused £50,000 worth of damage to hi-tech equipment which is part of controversial plans for a multi-million windfarm development.
The guidance, published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, states that community benefits are not material considerations and should not be taken into account by local planning authorities.
Residents living near the site of a controversial proposed wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea have breathed a huge sigh of relief this week when the deadline for a judicial review passed.
Turbines have been hailed as a clean, alternative fuel supply but the UK should not expect them to play a major part in how we try to solve climate change, claimed a leading scientist.
The French energy giant GDF Suez blames delays in the laying of a subsea cable required to carry electricity to the mainland for its decision to walk away from the planned 39-turbine project on the Eisgein Estate in the southeast of Lewis.
The developer behind a £200m wind farm on Lewis has pulled out of the scheme over delays. GDF Suez blamed setbacks installing a £700m subsea cable used to export electricity from the development at Eishken.
Plans to build nine wind turbines at Belford Burn are being recommended for refusal by Northumberland County Council. The application by Energiekontor UK Ltd has attracted 500 letters of objection from local residents and just nine letters of support.
Official Government statistics published on Thursday show that in the three months to the end of June, the amount of electricity produced by offshore wind farms fell by 22 per cent, to 2 terawatt-hours (TWh), compared with the same period the year before.
In late July 2014, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government refused planning permission for four on-shore wind farms. Lorna Bowry, of the Sharpe Pritchard planning law team outlines the key features of each refusal.
Billions of pounds in subsidies for renewable energy projects across the UK are currently shared by all bill-payers, but Ed Davey, the energy secretary, has warned that this will not continue if Scotland votes for independence.
The planning process into the decision over the Navitus Bay wind park planned for off the Dorset coast gets under way today. A preliminary meeting will be held at the BIC from 10.30am, concerning procedural matters and setting the timetable for the examination of Navitus Bay Development Ltd's proposals.
Giant wind turbines in public parks, schools and leisure centres would yield no direct benefit for the communities in their shadow, it has been revealed. Fife Council last week announced five sites earmarked for turbines measuring up to 77 metres.
“The economic arguments for people converting to wind are still there, but they have shifted in emphasis. The incentive to put up the larger turbines and make money by exporting to the grid isn’t so compelling as before."