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David Cameron wants to go into the next election pledging to “rid” the countryside of onshore wind farms, a source close to the Prime Minister has said. Mr Cameron wants to toughen planning laws and tear up subsidy rules to make current turbines financially unviable – allowing the Government to “eradicate” turbines, the source said.
Buried beneath the eye-catching price freeze announcement, SSE has also landed a major blow to the government's offshore wind hopes by either abandoning or kicking into the long grass plans to build six of seven possible offshore wind farms.
Fifty community councils from across Dumfries and Galloway have called for a moratorium on planning consent for wind farms in the region. They have written to the Scottish government and their local council.
Clare County Council has ruled that revised plans submitted by Clare Coastal Wind Power, for the proposed development of a wind farm in the townlands of Carrowmore South, Einagh and Shragh, about two kilometres south of Doonbeg village, are no longer valid.
Green power generators in Scotland raked in more than £600million in public subsidies last year, with 91.5 per cent coming from electricity bills in the rest of the UK. However, the drive to become the “Saudi Arabia of renewables” is expected to push that figure to about £3billion a year by 2020.
Peter McCann has submitted an application to Mendip District Council outlining plans to put a second, 34-metre high turbine on a field off the Bristol Road. But the application has been given an initial thumbs down by civic leaders.
“As you look across the broad expanse of countryside there are other turbines we can see in the distance but the immediate location they have chosen to apply for is on an expanse of flat arable land with barely an established tree.
Ireland's wind-farm developers counting on a trade deal that would allow them to benefit from UK power subsidies said they are confident an agreement will be reached. ..."The one thing we need is the route to market, which is the United Kingdom," he says. "We couldn't finance the project unless we had the support mechanisms which the importing countries would pay us."
RES has dropped the proposed 14-turbine Carrs wind farm in North Lincolnshire, citing anticipated costs and ongoing policy uncertainty.
Questions have been raised about the 196m tall structure, just weeks after one of the blades had to be removed. Both residents and town leaders have called on the company to provide the local community with un update on the progress of the turbine, and have asked for assurances following repairs to the blade.
The firm had submitted planning applications to the Scottish government to build an 81 megawatt (MW) Dalnessie wind farm in Sutherland and for an extension to its 36 MW Fairburn wind farm in Ross-shire. The firm said that continued investment in developing the projects was no longer financially viable.
City council leader Marco Cereste says plans to create a huge renewable energy park across three farmland sites near Peterborough may not go ahead as envisaged.
Onshore wind farms are being paid £30 million a year to sit idle during the windiest weather. The payments are made because the cables which transmit power from the turbines to the National Grid cannot cope with the amount of electricity they produce during stormy conditions.
The spread of wind turbines across the Westcountry has slowed in the wake of Government guidelines designed to prevent council decisions being routinely overturned on appeal. Communities secretary Eric Pickles introduced the policy steer for planners last summer in a bid to quell a growing backlash against the proliferation of renewable energy schemes.
One, the village of Kirknewton, is mostly thrilled at the prospect of a new wind farm, which stands to deliver many millions - but which cannot be seen from there because it is five miles away. Then there is the other, the people living near to the site, some of whom may not only see the turbines, but hear them, and who are mostly not happy at all. A ballot has shown they are 95% against.
In Episode 1 of this new web series, Ben Acheson excoriates industrial wind energy and ponders why the vast roll-out of huge turbines is still taking place. With the negative impacts on the tourist industry, precious landscapes, communities and businesses, is it time that wind energy was chalked up as a loss? Mr. Acheson is the policy adviser to EU Parliamentarian Struan Stevenson MEP. The full transcript of the video appears below.
A wind farm overlooking Bury could double in size, if plans are given the green light. Peel Energy and United Utilities have announced a joint venture to expand Scout Moor Wind Farm and install an extra 26 wind turbines within the existing wind farm and in an area to the north of the site.
Navitus Bay Development Ltd said that the northernmost ‘top triangle’ of the development will be removed, meaning the site, in places, will now be 3.8km further offshore than previously announced. It says the move will reduce the visual impact of the plans. It is the second time the boundary has moved back.
Rutland and Melton MP Alan Duncan has vented his fury at councillors who voted in favour of controversial plans to build a 200ft high wind turbine in Somerby. ...“I’m dismayed by those who voted in favour. We don’t elect Conservative councillors to go against their community and spoil our rural countryside.
Wind turbines have been likened to “breeding rabbits” by a councillor opposing plans in his constituency. County and district Cllr Bill Hunt has spoken out over contentious proposals to build four wind turbines at Berry Fen - land which borders Aldreth and sits within a few miles of Haddenham and Sutton.