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Fifteen years ago, hardly any of the electricity we use in Northern Ireland came from renewable sources like wind and solar power.
A Caithness councillor has claimed that residents in the Reay area are being subjected to "corporate bullying" over the scale of wind farms planned for the surrounding area. Councillor Matthew Reiss said villagers fear being almost encircled by turbines and he accused renewable energy companies of "utter insensitivity to the wishes of local people".
Internet giant Amazon is staying tight lipped after construction was suspended at a windfarm it is invested in, following a landslide. A peat slippage at Meenbog on the Donegal-Tyrone border has polluted rivers in both NI and the Republic leaving angling groups and fishermen seriously concerned about a mass fishkill.
Controversial plans by a north-east energy firm to build wind turbines on the edge of a village have prompted more than 340 objections from nearby residents. St Fergus Energy Limited hopes to build two 119 metre high turbines on land between the village and the gas terminal, owned by North Sea Midstream Partners on the nearby coast line. However the proposals, submitted by Midlothian firm Green Cat Renewables, have prompted outcry from the community.
It’s an important question on the Yorkshire coast, where over 500 wind turbines are situated offshore and a further 800 are under construction or planned. All are located on what is a major route for birds migrating to and from northern Europe as well as fishing grounds for seabirds like gannets, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills and puffins which nest on the chalk cliffs at Bempton and Flamborough.
One of Scotland’s leading wind power companies has come under attack for allegedly avoiding millions of pounds of tax by being owned in the Cayman Islands. Ventient Energy, which operates 13 wind farms in Scotland and is headquartered in Edinburgh, is a subsidiary of a company registered in Luxembourg. That company is in turn owned by a firm in the Caymans, a new report has revealed. ...Ventient is also closely tied to the biggest US bank, JP Morgan Chase. It is seen by some as the bank’s “European renewable energy platform”.
A public inquiry into plans for a 39-turbine wind farm in a Highland mountain range has heard it could ultimately lead to a “complex larger than the city of Dundee” being built on a “once tranquil plateau”. The proposed Glenshero development would be sited next to the recently built 66-turbine Stronelairg wind farm in the Monadhliath mountains.
RSPB Scotland has welcomed the new research, with the charity hopeful it will accurately expose the dangers of offshore windfarms to wildlife for the first time. North anti-windfarm protesters, however, claim the commissioning of the study is “too little, too late”. The 11-turbine Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm is already operating, while two of the largest offshore wind projects in the world ...are under construction.
Residents of a picturesque Highland glen have gone head-to-head with developers over a wind farm name change. Developer Vento Ludens has told residents in the areas likely to be impacted by the wind farm near Glen Affric that the project name has changed from Fasnakyle to Fiodhag.
Ms Lumley and marine conservation groups fear that more whales and dolphins could be harmed after Boris Johnson promised to ramp up the UK’s offshore wind capacity and are calling for less harmful methods to be used. There is limited data on the impact of exploding ordnance in the sea, but a 2015 study on one area of the North Sea suggested 88 explosions had “very likely” caused permanent hearing loss in 1,280 Harbour Porpoises.
Britain’s bid to build enough offshore windfarms to power every home in the country by 2030 risks being derailed by outdated regulation which is slowing investment in the electricity grid, according to one of the industry’s biggest players.
"Both the First Minister and the Prime Minister promised a green jobs revolution but they didn't tell anyone it would be exported, and it all amounts to broken promises to workers who needed these yards to be thriving instead of dying. "The fabrication contracts for NnG, just like those on the Seagreen project, will be manufactured by the rest of the world.
Trade unions have been highly critical of the failure to secure more renewable power engineering work for BiFab. Work on turbine jackets was seen as the best hope for Scotland's offshore fabrication sector. However, contracts have repeatedly gone to overseas yards, including Spain and Indonesia.
Energiekontor had appealed against Scottish Borders Council's rejection of its eight-turbine Wull Muir scheme. However, a reporter said it "failed to respect" the character of the area and turned down the appeal.
The pair of ospreys at Llyn Brenig raised one chick and it was thought that all three birds had commenced their southward migration by the end of August. However, in late September news emerged that the body of this year’s youngster (KC5) had been found adjacent to a wind turbine, around 5 km south-east of the nest, on 6 August.
“Our seabirds and marine environment are in trouble, facing a cocktail of threats from human pressures and climate change. “Without transforming how we plan development in our seas alongside the delivery of meaningful conservation measures, these combined threats risk irreversible seabird losses.
In a statement, the National Grid Electricity Systems Operator (ESO) said: "Unusually low wind output coinciding with a number of generator outages means the cushion of spare capacity we operate the system with has been reduced." It added that it was exploring measures to ensure that there was enough generation available to increase its capacity, and would update the market later on Wednesday evening.
"However, in late September, we heard the truly distressing news that the body of this year's youngster (KC5) had been found adjacent to a wind turbine, some 4.8km south-east of the nest, on August 6. "This is clearly a very sad outcome for all concerned, and we will be working with RWE Renewables UK and other stakeholders to assess and implement opportunities to reduce the risks of any future, similar occurrence.
Evelyn and Donnie Morrison’s croft has been in the family for more than 200 years.
“Not only are there huge engineering and technical challenges but there’s just a huge mobilisation challenge for the industry to get up and running. “One of the biggest obstacles that we all face at the moment is establishing that framework of different policies to enable that rapid growth, because it has to be swift.” Mr Torr explained another challenge lies in driving down the cost of developments in order to make them more competitive.