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While green energy is seen as a key driver for Yorkshire's economic revival, with the region hopeful of benefiting from the planned massive investment in vast wind farms off the East Coast, communities are divided over the impact of onshore developments.
This result was in stark contrast to very recent polls by Friends of the Earth Scotland and WWF Scotland which claimed overwhelming support in Scotland for such renewable developments. It has now come to light that WWF Scotland and FoE Scotland and even the RSPB have been in receipt of substantial sums from the wind industry.
The enemy of good policy and fairness, in this case, is boredom. A vast and powerful industry has, with a certain cool daring, presented itself as if it were some sort of warm-hearted green charity, and has characterised anyone with reservations over individual sites as self-interested. The media and the public have, on the whole, bought it.
"Almost one in 10 adults in the Borders works in a job related to tourism and UK visitors to our unspoilt countryside boost the local economy by £70million annually. So jobs and the economy will be at risk if tourism starts to fall so it is important all candidates are aware of the facts and strength of feeling about wind energy as well as key planning issues affecting developments in the countryside."
An all-night black-out has had to be brought into force for the 22 homes on the isolated Shetland community, because of problems in the island's £1.5 million hydro and solar power schemes. Foula's three wind turbines have been out of action since Christmas, when 100mph winds damaged the blades ...Now islanders are back to relying on costly diesel generator until the faults can be rectified.
Trump is furious about the proposed wind turbines Scotland is planning on installing off the coast of Trump's new golf resort, eight miles north of Aberdeen. Trump claims that with the installation of the turbines, Scotland will quickly lose out on the tourism trade to nearby Ireland.
Villagers have begun to prepare for a new wind turbine application in south Norfolk with the publication of a bat survey report. A developer announced last year that it planned to submit proposals for four large turbines near Hempnall after a seven mast scheme was rejected by district councillors and by a planning inspector.
Households are currently paying record high fuel bills due to fossil fuel prices and ‘green taxes'. Every energy company is obliged to generate a certain amount of electricity from ‘green' sources like wind and the extra cost of this is passed onto consumers.
Speaking at a Holyrood inquiry, he said the First Minister assured him that because of objections from the Ministry of Defence and the proximity of shipping lanes he was led to believe there would be "absolutely no wind farm".
Voters in Scotland appear to be turning away from wind farms, a new survey has shown, in a blow to the Scottish Government's renewable ambitions. A poll carried out for Friends of the Earth has revealed that just 18 per cent of people north of the Border put wind power as their first choice for future energy supply.
Professor Jane Bower has criticised the Scottish Government's focus on wind power, describing the cost of meeting its target of generating the equivalent of 100 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2020 as making it "very impractical".
The planned wind farm, which is three to four times bigger than any previously built, is expected to earn its Dutch owners Eneco more than a quarter of a billion pounds a year in subsidies alone. The scheme has already attracted widespread criticism with opponents claiming it will ruin coastal views for generations to come.
Hundreds of single wind farm turbine applications are being lodged in Scotland in a "feeding frenzy" for subsidies, which are at risk of escaping proper scrutiny in the planning system, experts have warned.
People who feared they would become surrounded by wind farms are celebrating after plans for turbines were refused. Energy firm Wind Prospect wanted to build three 110- metre turbines at Foxton,County Durham - not far from land where controversial plans for what could be the country's biggest wind farm have been put forward.
Controversial plans for a £22 million windfarm between Worthen and Minsterley are on the brink of collapse after plans for a test mast at the site were withdrawn, it was revealed today. EDF Energy Renewables had submitted a planning application for a 230ft high test mast to measure the viability of the site as a windfarm.
In a review of European Union regulations to protect birds and animals, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs found that the UK is not imposing sufficiently strong protections around the coast. In Germany, wind farm operators are forced to do a thorough environmental assessment before building but Britain is far more relaxed, the review found.
A breathtaking sight awaits those who travel to the southernmost tip of Hawaii’s stunningly beautiful Big Island, though it’s not in any guidebook. On a 100-acre site, where cattle wander past broken ‘Keep Out’ signs, stand the rusting skeletons of scores of wind turbines.
The sale of the property at Grays Farm, on North Drove Bank, Spalding, has been revealed in Land Registry documents more than three months after a secret settlement was reached in the case. The new owners have been registered as Fenland Windfarms Ltd - one of the parties that was being sued by Jane and Julian Davis as part of the proceedings.
A £1.3 million wind turbine which was illegally installed last year is facing removal after councillors voted for enforcement action. The 250ft (76m) structure at Callywith Farm at Bodmin in North Cornwall, was put in place last November, despite a stop notice issued by the local authority after it had earlier refused permission.
Villagers are furious over a developer's plans to change the construction access to a new wind farm, just months after the route was agreed at a public inquiry. Campaigners in Spaldington - population 130 - spent two and a half years and nearly £80,000 fighting two wind farm applications - one of which got the go-ahead on appeal last October.