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Joy as turbines plan is blocked

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.
14 Dec 2012

Holyrood wind farm inquiry an 'unbelievable whitewash'

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.
24 Nov 2012

Conservation group claims Northumberland council planning officers are undermining wind farms concerns

The leading conservation group claims council planning officers are attempting to undermine its serious concerns about the growing proliferation of wind turbines in Northumberland. 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.
23 Nov 2012

MSPs line up to accuse Alex Salmond of ‘doctoring' official records

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.
23 Nov 2012

War of words over wind turbine impact on Borders

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.
23 Nov 2012

When it is time to come clean

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.
22 Nov 2012

Council criticised over site visit ‘shambles'

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.
22 Nov 2012

Renewables: Turbulence in offshore wind

"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.
5 Nov 2012

MP Julian Smith urges people to speak out on wind farms

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.
4 Nov 2012

Developer drops claim wind turbines do not hit house prices

A wind farm developer has withdrawn a leaflet claiming wind turbines do not affect house prices following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. The move follows an objection from an anti-wind farm campaigner who complained about material handed out by Wind Prospect Developments Ltd at an exhibition on a proposed 12-turbine development in Midlothian, Scotland.
3 Nov 2012

Job losses not ruled out by turbine company

The company, which employs around 200 people on the Isle of Wight at its research and development centre in Stag Lane, is undergoing a major international restructure and reducing its workforce to match expected tougher conditions next year.
31 Oct 2012

David Cameron calls for 'debate' on wind farms

The Prime Minister said there is "no change towards renewable energy", despite John Hayes's promise to call a halt to the march of wind farms because "enough is enough". However, he hinted the number of wind farms could be reviewed after the UK meets targets set by the European Union, which dictate that Britain must get 15 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020.
31 Oct 2012

Green Investment Bank reins in off-shore windfarm funding

Britain's Green Investment Bank plans to channel funds for offshore wind projects that are already operating ...The intention to focus on financing wind farms only after they're operating is a "surprise" to the industry, which hoped the institution would back projects before they're built when risks are higher.
19 Oct 2012
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