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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.
"The main challenge associated with wind power is its variability; wind power output is highly dependent on weather conditions and carries a high degree of uncertainty ...As the volume of wind power capacity increases, so will the effect of wind variability and hence the accuracy of the wind power forecasts will become more important."
Number 10 confirms popular energy minister to be replaced by John Hayes, despite MP's past opposition to wind energy ...He was quoted by the BBC in 2009 as saying, "renewable energy needs to pass the twin tests of environmental and economic sustainability and wind power fails on both counts".
E.On had wanted to build 21 turbines at Corsbie Moor near Westruther in Berwickshire. However, that number was cut to 12 and further reduced to nine after the company "considered all the views from the local community".
Redcar and Cleveland Council's planning committee voted 10-1 to refuse Empirica's application for consent to site the wind turbine at Ridge Farm, Stanghow Ridge. More than 20 letters of objections were received against the wind turbine plan.
It's difficult to avoid the conclusion that at present there is no policy, with literally hundreds of applications in the pipeline and turbines appearing here, there and everywhere. ...The rush to renewables should not, however, mean an easy ride for proposals which have a significant and potentially irreversible impact on other aspects of life.
Stuart Young, a consultant for Communities Against Turbines Scotland and chairman of Caithness Windfarm Information Forum, said: "They are going to be in people's eyes and in their windows. It will be inescapable. They will be a blot on the landscape which will be left for future generations to deal with."
Campaigners fear the huge project would affect the character of the famous Gower Peninsula. The £3bn Atlantic Array scheme would see more than 250 turbines erected between Lundy Island and Gower by Swindon-based RWE npower renewables.
A Lincolnshire family with an autistic son said plans for wind turbines near their home had prompted them to move to another county. The Robinsons used to live in Owmby by Spital where a farmer has applied to put up three turbines on nearby land.
Green groupthink must never conquer common-sense. Where is the value in destroying some of our most important and fragile ecosystems in order to build wind turbines that will struggle to last 20 years? The lesson for everyone is that the green lobby does not have the monopoly on environmental protection.
Yet the UK approach to wind farms remains painfully expensive for UK taxpayers, adding more than £300 a year to family electricity bills according to a report published last week by the Global Warming Policy Foundation.
The project is being headed by EDF Energy Renewables, which confirmed that one of the legs of the mobile platform became embedded in soft mud on the seabed, preventing the retraction and movement of the vessel.
Solar is lower maintenance and more constant [than wind], and it is currently easier to find sites. But Mr Rowson predicted: "I think we'll see the tide change. Already, protest groups are getting pretty mobile and the goodwill towards PV applications on this scale will eventually run out.
Mum-of-two Theresa, 36, went to visit her brother's grave with her 10-year-old son, and was horrified to discover the turbine right next it. She said: "It was terrible. My son said 'mum that's horrible'.
The battle over two controversial wind turbines south of Lowestoft has taken a new twist after council officials branded one a "noise nuisance". An investigation by Waveney District Council's Environmental Health Team concluded that noise levels at one home in Whites Lane, Kessingland, two months ago was enough to make the turbine a statutory nuisance.
If it receives final approval, EOWDC - which is the focus of a furious row between Trump and the Scottish government over its effect on views from his golf course - will allow wind equipment manufacturers to put their next-generation machines through their paces in Aberdeen Bay.
Yes to Wind, a lobby group funded by the wind energy industry, has been collecting signatures in Burnham-On-Sea as the debate over controversial plans to build a new wind farm outside the town heats up.
In a speech at an energy conference, he will admit to "internal divisions and debates," but will vow to press on with measures to reduce carbon emissions. Last month, the Coalition came under strain after the Lib Dems fought off attempts by George Osborne, the Chancellor, to scrap subsidies for on-shore wind farms.
The council's planning officers had recommended the plans be approved as "it is considered that benefits of electricity generation outweigh any harm." However, after a three-hour debate, councillors voted against the plans - a decision which was greeted by cheers and applause.