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MP shocked by wind turbine ‘bribe' claims

"I have made a specific point and raised it in Parliament about the bullying tactics of these companies," he said. "We've seen appalling behaviour by the banks and now it seems the energy sector through these alleged claims is in a similar position." Mr Smith added he believed there would be a vast reduction in the number of applications for wind farms if the subsidies were reduced and called on anyone with complaints about the companies to get in touch.
13 Jul 2012

Carlton Colville turbine plan set for refusal

In a planning report to be presented at Tuesday night's meeting, council planning officers say the plan should be rejected as it provides "insufficient information on visual impact and impact on wildlife" in the submission. There are also concerns over the lack of information about noise and ‘shadow flicker' from the proposed turbine.
11 Jul 2012

Wind farm noise nuisance couple speak of relief

"Making plans" is what Jane and Julian Davis are most looking forward to after their five-year wind turbine legal battle came to an end last week. The couple reached a secret settlement in their High Court case, which they launched after claiming the wind farm at Deeping St Nicholas drove them out of their nearby home.
11 Jul 2012

MPs back Hunts wind farm opponents at two sites

“We are also concerned about noise and health issues, which have not been fully explained. I don’t particularly want to be a guinea pig.” Ms Wood believes the spate of wind farm applications for the A14 corridor – which operators concede is a low wind-speed area – is an attempt to beat a reduction in the level of government subsidy for renewable generation.
9 Jul 2012

Milton Keynes Council faces legal fees threat over wind turbine ruling

Milton Keynes is one of the first councils in the country to impose a ban on massive turbines being built less than 1.2 kilometres away from housing. RWE bosses, who want to put 17 wind turbines on two different local sites, claim the ban is unlawful and contrary to the Government's national policy to produce green energy whenever possible.
3 Jul 2012

More melt down in wind ‘industry’ as global giant Vestas hits serious debt burden

Serious investors in a serious industry are there for the long haul. These are fly-by-night carpetbaggers, grabbing and running in an ‘industry' thrashed into existence simply because the subsidies were there; and governments were desperate to achieve carbon emission targets. Now, in harder economic times ...both available subsidies and potential demand are shrinking.
2 Jul 2012

Monks selling retreat at Ae forest

Buddhist monks are selling their spiritual retreat in the forest of Ae because they can't live near a windfarm. Scottish Power, which has lodged plans to extend the Harestanes development with a further 19 turbines, said it was close to finalising a buy-out deal with the Tharpaland monks. Concerned monks submitted evidence ...claiming they suffered serious side effects when they were praying within five miles of a windfarm.
29 Jun 2012

Vestas ends plans for UK offshore wind plant in Sheerness

With its own deployment plans slowing, Vestas is likely to have been unwilling to continue paying to retain first call on the facility for an extended period. It received local planning approval for the proposed plant in May this year. ...The company has always said that a final decision on the factory would be dependent on receiving firm and unconditional orders for its turbine.
22 Jun 2012

Community council accuse Corsbie wind farm developer of blatant lie

"Unfortunately it didn't arrive with me, nor did any email notification, to advise of the information sessions that you held on May 14 and 15, so none of us had any opportunity of attending. Regrettably you also didn't attend to present at our last community council meeting despite insisting that you should come. Your leaflet appears to contain a blatant error."
21 Jun 2012

Viking Energy to face legal challenge

Shetland's plans for a major wind farm could face a further setback after opponents announced their intention to lodge a legal challenge ...The move comes as Shetland Charitable Trust, 45 per cent shareholders in the wind farm, prepare for their third attempt at agreeing the next stage in funding controversial project.
21 Jun 2012

Anglesey against wind turbines protest at Llanddona

"We feel no-one is listening to us," she said. "It's not just people from Llanddona here today, it's people from all over the island, Gwynedd and even beyond." Ms Hughes questioned the efficiency of wind turbines. She said they changed the landscape and would create job losses, rather than job gains, as they spoilt an area for tourism.
18 Jun 2012

Subsidies for onshore wind farms 'to be axed by 2020'

Increased electricity costs because of all subsidies paid to all renewable sources of energy have pushed 100,000 families into fuel poverty, defined as the need to spend more than 10 per cent of household income to maintain a satisfactory heating regime. Wind power payments are estimated to account for about half of these.
16 Jun 2012

Plans for Kirkbride wind turbine thrown out by council

Allerdale councillors have turned down plans to build a 112ft high wind turbine at Kirkbride near Wigton. The application, from the owners of GW Rudd Motor Engineering, was rejected after council officers said its visual effect for some local residents would have been "oppressive and harmful".
14 Jun 2012

Wind turbine test delivery near Berwick is aborted

A wind farm developer carried out a turbine blade delivery test at a site near Berwick, but the long delivery vehicle spent 30 minutes trying to negotiate a sharp bend on a country road ...the mission was aborted after the vehicle could not negotiate another junction.
12 Jun 2012

Britain blows hot and cold on wind farms

But the industry has been arrogant, overbearing, greedy and bullying. It has often ridden roughshod over local communities and has mopped up the financial gains, giving little back. No wonder that, while wind power remains broadly supported, the industry is increasingly hated by those who have come into contact with it.
9 Jun 2012

Turbine plans halted by airport objections

A businessman has called time on his bid to build a wind turbine to power his home after hundreds of objections. Ted Clayton said an objection from Blackpool International Airport to the proposed 25-metre turbine on Flag Lane, Penwortham was too much to get past planners at South Ribble Council.
3 Jun 2012

Energy firm Vattenfall condemns wind farm protesters

In its report, Vattenfall described an inadequately resourced planning system, adding: "Unfortunately, there are too many examples of decision-makers across Scotland being swayed by a tiny vocal minority, thus denying a majority who support a proposal any influence in the planning system."
2 Jun 2012
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