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Fears for the future of renewable energy in the North East have been expressed after the withdrawal of plans for a massive wind farm. E.ON has withdrawn its proposals for the Isles Wind Farm near Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, citing changes to Government energy policy as one of the reasons for making the scheme “no longer technicall or economically viable”.
A spokesperson for E.ON said: "During a detailed review of the project a number of long standing environmental and technical issues have been re-assessed. "These include the long-standing objection from the Ministry of Defence, the high level of bird activity on the site, investor uncertainty and changes to Planning Law.
Another application for a wind farm in a village near Rugby has been rejected at appeal. Energy firm RES (Renewable Energy Systems) failed to overturn Rugby Borough Council’s refusal of its initial planning application in 2013 to build Swift Wind Farm in Churchover.
Residents and villagers have raised grave safety concerns after a wind turbine "fell over" in a North Devon village – warning there could be a fatality if this happened again.
Inspector Colin Convery said: "The motive for this attack of vandalism is unclear and whoever targeted this site was intent on causing as much destruction as possible with no thought as to how much damage was done or how much it would cost to repair.
The Government’s original Energy Bill set out provisions to get rid of the subsidies from April of this year - a year earlier than planned. However, that element of the proposed legislation was successfully scrapped by peers. But introducing the Bill for its second reading in the House of Commons, the Energy Secretary said it will be put back in.
UK onshore wind farm projects worth £1bn have now been scrapped or put on hold by RWE Innogy following recent policy changes, the German energy giant has disclosed.
After a series of constitutional rows, the tensions between the government and the upper chamber will reach a new flashpoint as the energy secretary, Amber Rudd, presses ahead with a scheme to end subsidies for new onshore windfarms.
Aberdeenshire Council has blocked a wind turbine that attracted more than 170 objections.
Fears that ‘the black cloud’ of wind turbines may again be descending over Powys continue to mount. And campaigners are concerned that any potential decision to overturn previous refusals for such developments may open the door for others to get the green light.
Protesters, who packed out the Council Chamber at Gedling's Civic Centre, promised to continue their fight to get the turbine taken down. Former criminal lawyer Julia Holder, who is part of WCAT, said: "We fought the battle and won the battle, but here we go again. If there are grounds, we will have no hesitation going through the judicial review process again."
Mr Cameron said subsidies for renewable energy had to be limited because they put up fuel bills. He said: “Every single subsidy that is given to these technologies is extra money that we put on to people’s bills, making their energy more expensive.
Councillors have deferred making a decision on a planned extension of Gordonbush Wind Farm in Sutherland until after they visit the site.
The largest windfarm ever proposed for Angus has had the plug pulled because of “uncertainty” over government subsidies, The Courier can reveal.
Residents of the Clonroche area are due to host an open public meeting on Thursday night to address concerns over the potential construction of three large wind turbines at Ballinaclay Hill.
The world’s biggest producer of wind turbines has accused Britain of obstructing use of new technology that can slash costs, preventing the wind industry from offering one of the cheapest forms of energy without subsidies.
A wind turbine taller than the Wheel of Nottingham could finally be allowed to stay – after a legal battle that has cost hundreds of thousands of pounds and lasted more than four years. ...The Court of Appeal quashed planning permission in 2014 after a lengthy legal battle, but plans have been re-submitted to the council.
The independent report concludes that most installed windfarms have altered the balance of features within the landscape locally ...it notes the potential for harmful adverse cumulative landscape and visual and character effects is increasing, and in more sensitive locations, significant.
More information has been submitted for 13 wind turbines to be built near the existing windfarm in Carno.
Plans to create what would have been the first windfarm of its kind in Scotland on rural farmland near Pitscottie have been abandoned.