Articles from UK

Planning officers refuse application for second wind turbine at Naylor's Hill Quarry, Black Moor Road

They said that despite the benefits of renewable energy, the negative elements of the application were not outweighed by any "special circumstances" in its favour. Their report states: "The proposed wind turbine would represent an encroachment of inappropriate development into the Green Belt that would have a harmful effect on the openness of the Green Belt.
9 Oct 2015

Ending wind farm subsidy scheme will save households 30p, Government estimates

But despite industry outcry at the changes, official impact assessments reveal most of these turbines were not expected to get built in time for the original 2017 closure of the scheme anyway. Just 200 megawatts – about 80 turbines or fewer – have actually been blocked as a result of the early closure, the Department of Energy and Climate Change estimates.
9 Oct 2015

British Steel’s Green Death

Start with a suite of renewable-energy policies that keep ratcheting up electricity costs. The so-called renewables obligation, which requires utilities to buy a steadily increasing share of their power from trendy green sources such as solar and wind, is driving up wholesale power prices. So is the feed-in tariff, which forces utilities to pay a minimum rate for renewable electricity that’s higher than the cost of fossil-fuel-fired generation.
7 Oct 2015

Plans for giant UK offshore wind farms reconsidered

In the UK this August, two massive offshore wind developments were thrown into tumult. ...The Crown Estate plans to have at least 10 GW of offshore wind capacity in the water by 2020. Industry observers aren’t as optimistic, pointing out that the UK’s new Conservative government has announced plans to end its renewables obligation support for onshore wind by April 2016
1 Oct 2015

Mabey Bridge's wind turbine tower plant in Chepstow to close as company says no viable offer received

In July of this year it said that the site, originally opened in 2011, would close with the loss of up to 150 jobs after the failure of exhaustive efforts to find a buyer. This morning it was reported that Simec, which bought Uskmouth power station last year, had made an offer to buy the Mabey Bridge plant ...an offer of £8.5m, considerably below Mabey Bridge's valuation of £11.5m.
30 Sep 2015

Offshore wind farms could be more risky for gannets than previously thought, study shows

Crucially, the study also shows that the birds' feeding grounds overlap extensively with planned wind farm sites in the Firth of Forth, heightening their risk of colliding with turbine blades. The researchers estimate that up to 12 times more gannets could be killed by turbines than current figures suggest, although they stress that the figure is based on calculations using current typical turbine sizes, which could be different to those actually installed, and that there is great uncertainty over actual turbine avoidance rates.
27 Sep 2015

Trump takes wind farm fight to Supreme Court

Speaking after he lost his case at the Court of Session, Mr Trump, who also owns Trump Turnberry golf course in Ayrshire, said it was "impossible to have a fair hearing challenging wind farm applications in Scotland". He has also criticised former First Minister Alex Salmond, accusing him of abusing his power and "hurting the people of Scotland" over his support for wind farms.
25 Sep 2015

Chislet windfarm plan suspended by power firm RES Ltd

The company hoped to plant 11 turbines as high as 150 metres on marshland near Chislet and Marshside, near Canterbury. But this week RES appeared to backtrack, conceding it had suspended its proposals. It refuses to comment on whether public opposition has played a part.
23 Sep 2015

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