Articles from UK
Plans to build a 102-metre wind turbine in Caistor have been rejected. Communities and Local Government minister Greg Clarke has backed the original decision made by West Lindsey Councillors following an appeal.
Public meetings last week saw growing support for an action group fighting the construction of a 22-turbine wind farm at Heckington Fen. ‘Heck Off’ - as it is being called - held a well-attended public meeting last Tuesday in the Hume Arms at South Kyme to explain to concerned residents the latest position in which developers Ecotricity are seeking to amend their current permission.
Thanks to government policies deliberately distorting the market, we have over-invested in wind and solar. It has blighted investment in reliable capacity that can keep the lights on. This is the crux of Britain’s energy crunch. Clearly it was a colossal mistake to have embarked on renewables with storage unsolved.
Countryside campaigners are "delighted" after an appeal for a large wind turbine near Bideford has been dismissed by the planning inspectorate.
Critics of the technology warn turbines pose a threat to birds, particularly rare species which are already suffering from low numbers or migratory species, as well as to bats. The Scottish Gamekeepers' Association (SGA) has previously claimed wind turbines are killing killed more birds of prey than deliberate poisoning or shooting.
“The feeling now is pretty much of relief that the right decision has been made. We were all quite emotional that this fight is over and we can get on with our lives and not worry about this huge turbine that would have impacted on us."
Developer Vattenfall Windfarm has written to the Planning Inspectorate asking it to de-register the Mynydd Lluest y Graig scheme, earmarked for a site near Llanerfyl, in Powys.
Ministers last night faced fresh accusations of reneging on their manifesto commitment, which made no mention of any exemption for Scottish islands and simply vowed to “halt the spread of onshore windfarms” and to “end any new public subsidy for them”.
As more wind farms sprout up in Scotland an increasing amount of subsidy is being paid. The £51.5million subsidy paid to wind farms is more than double the £22.7million paid over the same three months last year.
In a letter to the Planning Inspectorate, Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd reuqested that the Mynydd Lluest y Graig (MLyG) wind farm near Llanerfyl be withdrawn from the planning process. Vattenfall cites changes in the planning process as the reason for the withdrawal.
Conservative MP and former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said: “There is no place for subsidising wind – a failed medieval technology which during the coldest day of the year so far produced only 0.75 per cent of the electricity load.” A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: “To be absolutely clear, there is no change whatsoever to our commitment to end new onshore wind subsidies.”
“Dr Connor has obtained information that indicates the water in the area has been subject to deterioration which has made it unfit for consumption. “I have been working with her for more than three years on this issue and I believe the evidence she has gathered justifies her claims. “It is evidence the various authorities have not been helpful in providing.”
Firefighters dealt with a wind turbine converter fire this afternoon near Pontyates.
Underwater sound linked to human activity could alter the behaviour of seabed creatures which play a vital role in marine ecosystems, according to new research.
Developer Dong Energy, which is majority-owned by the Danish state, said it had taken a final decision to proceed with the 1.2 gigawatt project that would be capable of powering one million homes and create 2,000 jobs during construction.
A complaint had been made to the Local Government Ombudsman by a man, whose details have not been released, claiming the council did not take "prompt and appropriate action" to address noise nuisance caused by a wind farm close to his home.
The Government will clash with green energy companies at the Court of Appeal tomorrow about claims it acted unlawfully over the sudden ending of solar subsidies in 2014. ...A DECC spokesperson said: “We continue to support the low-carbon sector but this needs to be driven by competition and innovation, not subsidies.”
In fact, the greenies fell right into the trap here, because what they never want to tell us is that the more wind turbines we have, the more we need reliable back-up from fossil fuels to cover the gap between windmill output when they are generating at full power, and when the wind drops and they contribute almost nothing.
This week in a published report, Hywel Wyn Jones of the Welsh Inspectorate speaking about turbine said that while it had merits in terms of the economy and not harm local conservation areas — the nearest of which is at Llanddarog — the visual impact would be an issue from some areas.
Highland Council could find themselves hundreds of thousands of pounds out of pocket after blocking a controversial wind farm south of Inverness – if the company behind it decides to appeal the decision.