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SNP ministers are heavily promoting renewable energy such as wind farms, with a target of meeting 100 per cent of Scotland's electricity demand from alternative sources by 2020. However, only ten of Scotland's 32 councils were able to set out the definite number of wind farms in use.
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.
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.
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.
The work has been conducted by one of the UK's leading energy & environmental economists, Professor Gordon Hughes of the University of Edinburgh, and has been anonymously peer-reviewed. This groundbreaking study applies rigorous statistical analysis to years of actual wind farm performance data from wind farms in both the UK and in Denmark.
Planners have rejected two applications to build wind turbines amid fears that Cumbria would become overrun with the green energy generators. Willie Whalen: ‘It's going to destroy tourism' The plans were up before Carlisle City Council's development control committee.
The MP for Morecambe is continuing his war on wind turbines after meeting with a prominent Isle of Man parliamentarian. David Morris backed Stephen Rodan, speaker of the House of Keys on the Manx island, who opposes the building of wind turbines in shipping lanes in the Irish Sea.
Campaigners who have been fighting plans for three wind turbines in the Radnorshire countryside are celebrating after the application was thrown out by council chiefs. Powys County Council refused an application by REF Windpower, who wanted to build three 103.5m turbines at Pentre Tump, Llanfihangel nant Melan, near New Radnor.
Reacting to criticism of the Government’s plan to spend almost £2bn helping poor countries switch to green energy, Mr Barker said the money could have economic and environmental benefits for Britain. However the scheme will cost around £70 per household in the UK.
A Holyrood inquiry into Alex Salmond's wind energy targets has been dismissed as an "unbelievable whitewash" after it refused to accept the rapid spread of turbines is damaging the countryside. The SNP-dominated economy, energy and tourism committee instead blamed local councils for snarling up wind farm applications in the planning system and called for the rules to be loosened to allow larger developments.
The leading conservation group claims council planning officers are attempting to undermine its serious concerns about the growing proliferation of wind turbines in Northumberland. ...it says it has evidence suggesting that planning officers are advising elected councillors that the society's professionally prepared representations on wind energy should be "ignored or sidelined" as contrary to Government policy.
Alex Salmond was at the centre of a fresh row last night over misleading MSPs and accusations of attempting to cover it up by "doctoring" official records at Holyrood. The SNP leader is facing claims he has undermined the "integrity of parliament" after inflating the number of "green" jobs in Scotland in response to opposition pressure over wind farms.
A furious row has broken out over claims that the Borders has seen the largest increase in wind farm applications in Scotland. ...The Tories' local MSP John Lamont put the incredible surge in renewable power bids down to the Scottish National Party's "reckless" energy policies since it took control of Holyrood five years ago.
Openness and transparency were among the founding principles of the Scottish Parliament - yet Holyrood has been found wanting. It emerged almost by accident that last month the First Minister misinformed MSPs about the number of jobs created by his renewable energy drive. Mr Salmond insists it was an accidental slip ...But that clandestine corrections procedure gives as much cause for the concern as the First Minister's somewhat shaky grasp of basic facts and figures.
Torridge District Council has come under fire for failing to defend its own decisions on wind turbine developments. Officers from the council twice failed to turn up to site visits with Government planning inspectors in the space of three weeks.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has warned the Government against promoting a system in which communities are "paid off" to secure planning permission. Good Energy only offered the local tariff after the Delabole wind farm was built, but in future it could be part of discussions in planning.
Opponents of five giant wind turbines in Furness say the proposed windfarm would ruin their lives. Residents living just a few hundred metres from the site of the planned 99.5m (326ft) structures criticised tactics used by energy companies in a bid to get their planning application approved.
The Scottish Government's plans for renewable energy were dealt a crushing blow yesterday. It emerged the cost of the vital undersea cable to bring power from the Western Isles has spiralled to at least £700million.
"It is clear that people are rowing back on early investments," he says. ...Early tremors of concern arose last year when George Osborne, the chancellor, told the Conservative party conference: "We're not going to save the planet by putting our country out of business." Some interpreted this to mean the UK would water down its renewables targets if they made British businesses less competitive.
Skipton MP Julian Smith is encouraging residents to let the Government know their views on onshore wind farms. The Department of Energy and Climate Change is undertaking a "Call for Evidence" to examine how communities can have more of a say over hosting wind farms in their communities.