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Every morning, when livestock farmer Olwyn Lewis checks on his cattle and sheep, he is confronted by a horizon dotted with 113 wind turbines. Far from being upset by their presence, Mr Lewis is working with a power company to site three turbines on his own farm to provide an additional source of income.
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.
"The owners want windmills to go up and while we're not against that, I've basically been told that the peat-cutting business will end when they start the construction works. "The problem is that we do not have a long-term lease for the land - it runs on a year-to-year basis."
They have been concerned by a bitter Coalition split between Mr Osborne, who is championing gas power, and Ed Davey, the Energy Secretary, who wants to protect subsidies for wind farms.
Developer TCI Renewables decided to appeal the decision, but today the planning inspector Zoe Hill concluded that the appeal should be thrown out. She said that while planning policies weighed heavily in favour of renewable energy projects, the plans still fell down on key areas, mainly the impact on nearby homes.
Renewable energy is the future, say environmentalists. But for green and ethical investors it has turned into a nightmare, with makers of wind and solar power systems among the worst-performing stocks in recent years.
Opponents of wind turbine development on Anglesey have drawn up a petition they say has been signed by more than a tenth of the island's population. Campaign group Anglesey Against Wind Turbines said nearly 8,000 people support their call for limits on commercial wind turbines.
Britain needs to create a market in which electricity storage can make money rather than adding costs to consumers if it is to successfully integrate renewables into the power grid, S&C Electric said on Wednesday.
Murdo Fraser, a member of the parliament in Scotland, where many wind farms are sited, said: ‘Why have the authorities been so anxious not to release this information? Is it because they feared this would undermine any remaining public confidence in renewable energy policy?
Around 300 people turned out for an emergency meeting yesterday, organised by campaign group Stop Ipswich Turbines (SIT), to show their strength of feeling against the project. Partnerships for Renewables is working with Ipswich Borough Council, which owns the land between Pinewood and Belstead, to site the pair of turbines.
Operators of wind farms were paid £34 million to switch off turbines during gales - millions more than previously thought - it was reported.
"Otterburn is eight miles from Corsenside and compensation to us should come from EDF's pocket, not Corsenside's. If we took money that is intended for a neighbouring region, it would create a conflict, and that would be wrong.
The country's biggest on shore wind farm is too noisy according to the results of noise testing, it has been revealed today (Tuesday). But North Devon Council (NDC), as the local planning authority, could not confirm whether this breach of the wind farm's planning regulations would see them forcing Fullabrook Wind Farm to close.
Do none of these Mooney-like green zealots realise the idea of having one of these obscene blots [wind farms] on the landscape located close to you is about as attractive as living in the central reservation of your nearest motorway? There is considerable evidence that shows these turbines are not just undesirable, they're positively dangerous.
Large swathes of Scotland's forests are being sold off on long-term leases to wind-farm developers as Alex Salmond surges ahead with his vision to make Scotland a world-leading green energy powerhouse.
In the future, historians will puzzle how landscapes, revered for generations, were destroyed by 100-metre-plus machines all over the country. ...Public relations for the wind industry has been magnificent in persuading conformists it is all right to erect machines in once valued landscapes.
"What we have to do is work harder to find places where wind farms are acceptable but also, secondly, as this is what we're not yet doing, be more creative about sharing some of the benefits directly with those local communities," he said earlier this year.
A planning application to build wind turbines close to the Wirral Way has been withdrawn. The University of Liverpool wanted to install two turbines on land between Cuckoo Lane and Woodfall Lane.
Wind power is clearly not the answer to fuel poverty and in Scotland the use of nuclear power has been ruled out. Solar, wave, tidal, shale gas, thorium and biofuels are either as useless as wind or need a significant amount of development to become commercially viable alternatives. The carbon-free utopia will have to wait. Finding the right energy mix will take time.
People living in Hill, Rockhampton and Oldbury were baffled to discover on August 23, the deadline by which Wind Prospect had to remove its wind data equipment from the site, that its 70-metre meteorological mast was still towering over the field by Stoneyard Lane.