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Suspicions over wind farm money

After consulting central Government policy, other district councils and calculations by external planning experts, opposition groups claim that RWE should have been charged the maximum application fee of £250,000 instead of £24,965. Mr Baldwin called this ‘achieving maximum flexibility while being charged the minimum fee'.
29 Jan 2013

Wind turbine ‘bully boys’ anger

A green energy firm has been accused of ‘bully boy’ tactics in trying to head off opposition to a windfarm in Doncaster. Robin Hood Airport says there could be safety issues affecting take-off and landing because of the tall wind turbines due to be erected on a site between Hampole and Pickburn.
29 Jan 2013

Windfarm judicial review: Declining wading bird population takes centre stage

Much of the first day's legal argument focused on the windfarm's potential impact on whimbrels. That concern was also behind Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) objecting to the development. Its objection was "due to the high likelihood of a significant adverse impact of national interest on the favourable conservation status of the national population of whimbrel".
29 Jan 2013

Most wind farms in Scotland after SNP 'overrules' councils

The Tories said the study provided more evidence of Mr Salmond's determination to force through applications for wind farms even where rural areas have already reached "saturation point". The Scottish Conservatives are publishing a new energy policy on Monday amid calls from some councils for a moratorium on new onshore turbines applications.
25 Jan 2013

Wind farm plans shelved - for now

"There were cheers and celebrations when the council refused permission," he said. "There were far more people against the proposals in the viewing gallery than there were in favour of them. "But we know that RWE NPower will appeal, so this issue will continue to rumble on for some time yet.
24 Jan 2013

Wind farm ‘bribe' blown out by OAP

A pensioner has revealed how energy bosses offered her a £750-a-year "bribe" to stay silent about plans to build more wind turbines near her home. Joan Robinson, 84, was promised the sum by Greenspan Electric Cairnmore as a "goodwill gesture".
18 Jan 2013

Second Dearne Head Wind Farm plan sparks anger from High Flatts and Birdsedge neighbours

In 2010, Nottingham based company PRE applied to build four 110m (360ft) turbines on the site, but the application was withdrawn following advice that the proposal would be refused. The new plan, now submitted to Kirklees Council, has sparked strong objections from neighbours, some of whom live approximately 600m from the proposed 0.8-hectare site.
18 Jan 2013

Wind farm plans suspended over core strategy 'uncertainty'

An energy developer has suspended its plans for a wind farm at a site to the south west of York, blaming 'uncertainty' about the local planning regime. Banks Renewables put forward plans for the proposed five-turbine Hagg Wood wind farm, which would have been situated on agricultural land to the west of Copmanthorpe, at the start of 2011.
18 Jan 2013

Loch Ness community voices fears over wind farms

A community close to Loch Ness fears it will be surrounded by wind farms following a string of planning applications. Community leaders representing Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston are demanding a study be carried out to assess the cumulative impact of existing and proposed projects.
15 Jan 2013

Wind power is unnecessarily stretching the cost of living

The perfect news to greet a freezing Britain today - energy bills are set to take another hike thanks to a series of dodgy wind energy contracts. According to today's Telegraph, a ‘shocking series of errors' has resulted in deals worth £17 billion stacked in the favour of turbine manufacturers. It appears the excessive costs of these contracts could be handed down to families, placing an extra strain on households at a time when family incomes are being pushed to the limit.
15 Jan 2013

Scottish Government 'wind obsessed'

The Scottish Government has been labelled "wind obsessed" by the Conservatives after figures suggested a third of wind applications rejected by councils this year were later given the go-ahead by ministers.
30 Dec 2012

Trump threatens wind turbine delay

The US-based entrepreneur has been waging a campaign against the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), a turbine testing facility proposed for an offshore site close to his new golf development in Aberdeen. ...Mr Trump wants the EOWDC to be put "on an equal footing" with his golf development, which was the subject of a five-week inquiry in 2008.
26 Dec 2012

Northumberland wind farm protesters scent victory

Campaigners fighting controversial wind farm plans near a Northumberland hamlet have taken a major step towards victory. After massive public opposition, county planners are now recommending green energy company Energiekontor's proposals for five 126m turbines on farmland at Fenrother, near Morpeth, are rejected.
24 Dec 2012

Wind farm fight goes to court

Campaigners have gone to the High Court in a fresh bid to stop controversial plans for two wind farms in West Norfolk. ...But activists who oppose the proposals argue the decisions, which reversed borough council moves to refuse planning permission last year, should be reviewed by communities secretary Eric Pickles.
22 Dec 2012

It's caves or wind farms, warns MSP

An MSP has angered an anti-wind farm protester by declaring that if Scots do not embrace the technology they will end up up living in caves. John Mason also declared his admiration for wind farms and said he would love to have one sited near his home.
22 Dec 2012
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