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The university said it needs to start building the six turbines by March but it has yet to agree with the Ministry of Defence how it will prevent interference with air traffic control at Leuchars. Planning consent was granted two years ago.
An agreed expansion of the Scout Moor wind farm remains in limbo, after government bosses confirmed they could still overturn the decision. Rossendale council’s development control committee voted in favour to approve the plans to expand the wind farm from 26 to 42 turbines, back in September, despite fierce opposition from campaigners.
National Grid spent at least £2.5m after issuing a notice of inadequate system margin (NISM) on Wednesday afternoon asking power companies to provide more electricity. It paid the owner of Severn power station, Calon, about £2,500 per megawatt hour to provide an extra 500MW for two hours.
Energy companies have warned that subsidy cuts will prevent them from replacing old wind farms as almost 1,000 turbines approach the end of their lives over the next decade.
“The INWG suggest these two decades of deception are now resulting in serious annoyance and far reaching risks to the health and wellbeing of large numbers of people living in the proximity of wind farms.” The report calls for an “overhaul of the planning conditions that have led to these wind farms being granted planning permission in the first place."
The Scottish Government has turned down plans for a windfarm on a highly sensitive Highlands site because the company applying for permission didn’t exist at the time of the submission. ...Helen McDade, head of policy for the John Muir Trust, said: “For the past 16 months, we have worked closely with the local Keep Rannoch Wild campaign and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland to stop this monstrosity in the heart of Wild Land Area 14, so we are delighted that the scheme has been deemed not competent.
It means that those trying to build schemes such as small-scale hydros or small wind turbines, only have a few weeks to attract investors before they lose out on the promise of 50 per cent or 30 per cent tax relief on their stake.
Dedicated campaigners are celebrating after an appeal against Calderdale Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a wind farm near Todmorden was withdrawn at the 11th hour. ...A spokesperson for Kelda Water Services said: “Changes in government policy have made the site at Gorpley no longer attractive as a renewable source at present.
Plans to construct a huge wind turbine next to a popular horse riding centre have been passed.
The bill will return to the House of Commons, where the government is likely to reinsert the clause, Clark predicted. However, Ministers may have to include a number of concessions relating to the grace period conditions and planning permission to ensure it passes in the House of Lords at the next reading.
Allerdale council has made a public apology over its handling of a councillor's planning application. The Local Government Ombudsman recommended that the council apologised publicly over errors it made when dealing with Councillor Jim Lister's application for a wind turbine at Oughterside Mill, Oughterside.
Yesterday, the inspector upheld the council decision and rejected the application. It is the latest in a string of appeal dismissals since the Government issued a ministerial statement in June, strengthening the position of anti-wind campaigners.
Navitus Bay project director Stuart Grant said today: "After careful consideration, Navitus Bay has chosen not to challenge the decision by the Secretary of State to refuse consent for the proposed wind park.
Four hundred members of the Stop Stretham Wind Farm Group celebrated a year long campaign as councillors unanimously refused an application to erect a pair of 102 metre high wind turbines near Ely.
The local government ombudsman decided that Allerdale Borough Council had ignored local people's objections to the turbine, and the watchdog has now ordered Allerdale to apologise and review the way it operates planning consent.
Fishermen say they are being priced out of a port used by their ancestors for centuries to make way for energy firms running large off-shore wind farms. ...Boat owners put the blame on the Association of British Ports for giving priority at Lowestoft in Suffolk to the wind farm industry.
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.
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.
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.
Light aircraft pilots have warned it is “just a matter of time” before wind farms cause a “disastrous” accident in Scotland.