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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."
Local government minister Stephen Williams, who refused to be drawn on the merits of the 125m turbine, which could be built near Beccles, said the decision of a planning inspector was final, claiming it was a “quasi judicial” process and he was unable to comment on the merits of the case.
RWE Innogy UK made the decision after a bid to carry out the survey for the project in the Orby area looked set to be refused. The company was seeking compulsory access to private land to assess its suitability for work in connection with the scheme.
Plans for a 20 turbine wind farm at Glen Kyllachy near Tomatin have been blocked by councillors. Highland Council’s south planning applications committee unanimously rejected RWE Innogy UK’s proposals.
Shale gas site 'creates the least visual intrusion' compared with wind or solar farm for same energy, according to Government's former chief scientific advisor on energy. ...contrary to what some people may assume, exploration for and production of shale gas would actually have less far less impact on the countryside than wind or solar energy.
Wind farms were paid a record sum of almost £3 million in a single day this week not to produce electricity. Strong winds amid the remnants of Hurricane Bertha left the electricity network unable to cope with the amount of energy being produced by turbines on Monday.
Penny Mills, Devon chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said she hoped the withdrawal would mark the end of EDF’s interest in the site. “This wind farm would have had a massive impact on the countryside and landscape for miles around and on the people who live nearby,” she said.
Conservationists have reacted with fury at the latest windfarm proposal on the hills above Loch Ness - making it nine projects in the planning, or being constructed, for the iconic area.
A three-and-a-half-year battle over a new windfarm outside Milton Keynes has ended with the government throwing out the plans.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has rejected a string of appeals against planning refusals for up to 19 onshore wind turbines at sites in Lincolnshire, Northumberland and Somerset, saying that the turbines' adverse visual impacts would not be outweighed by factors in their favour.
Residents and parish councillors are celebrating after an appeal against the refusal of a wind turbine was rejected. The planning inspectorate has refused a plan for a 78-metre high wind turbine to be built on land at Willerby Pig Farm, Staxton, next to the A64.
In East Yorkshire, wind farms are not only blighting views across the Wolds, but could well be destroying the ancient remains which lie beneath the hills. Phil Booth reports.
Conservative MPs have joined thousands of residents in objecting to plans for a giant offshore wind farm they fear will blight one of the most attractive stretches of Britain’s coastline.
The new set of Conservative environment and energy ministers announced on Tuesday bring a track record of opposing renewable energy, having fought against wind and solar farms, enthusiastically backed fracking and argued that green subsidies damage the economy.
Residents in Spondon are ''appalled'' because two controversial wind turbines are still not producing energy regularly. The 130-metre structures, in Megaloughton Lane, are not working because of issues with the radar system at East Midlands Airport.
Britain risks widespread electricity blackouts unless it improves the network's ability to balance intermittent supply from renewable energy sources, a leading engineer has warned.
Single wind turbines in Ashwater, Bratton Fleming and Iddesleigh, and a solar farm at Buckland Filleigh, near Beaworthy, were all refused by North Devon, West Devon and Torridge district councils respectively.