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Opposition peers successfully argued for an amendment to the bill, tabled by Liberal Democrat Baroness Kate Parminter, that would extend the grace period for projects that command local support and were at an advanced stage of development.
The Tories – who are currently vying for second place in the polls with Labour – have committed themselves to giving communities the “right to decide” on windfarm developments in their area. Massive wind schemes throughout the north and north-east of Scotland have sparked a widespread backlash from local residents, concerned that turbines are damaging rural landscapes and hurting tourism.
Since we have had no energy planning or researched strategy in place since 1990 the reality is that we need to keep ageing nuclear stations operating to supply base load as we cannot reliably depend on the outputs from renewable sources (predominantly wind) into which we have blindly and ignorantly invested so much.
In fact, the greenies fell right into the trap here, because what they never want to tell us is that the more wind turbines we have, the more we need reliable back-up from fossil fuels to cover the gap between windmill output when they are generating at full power, and when the wind drops and they contribute almost nothing.
Britain has invested £1.25billion in wind power, which is now the country's biggest renewable energy source. But critics have accused the Government and the National Grid of complacency over the risk of blackouts...A wind shortage last month forced the new 'last resort' measures to keep the lights on in homes across the country.
He said the move would lower customer bills, saving an average of £30 a year for 24m households. But it is also the latest sign that he is prioritising affordability over attempts to cut emissions. ...The decision to cut the scheme, known as the “energy company obligation”, was one of a series of measures announced by the chancellor aimed at reducing the costs of the government’s renewable energy schemes.
As many as 73% of manufacturers want to see legislative reform of the UK's current environmental and climate change policies, according to a new survey by the manufacturers organisation EEF. Respondents claimed that existing regulations are harming their international competitiveness.
Lights could be dimmed and kettles take longer to boil under a future National Grid reliant on wind powered technology. Trials have been held in the North-West of England, which has seen the voltage to homes turned down at periods when the breeze dies down.
Scotland used to be a remarkably wild, unspoilt place. Not any more, though. There’s now only 40 per cent of Scotland left where wind turbines are not blighting the view. (And already that figure is out of date because lots more turbines have sprung up since like skeletons in Jason of the Argonauts, and many more are planned). And let’s not forget the human cost: all those Scots whose rural tranquillity and health have been jeopardised by these bat-chomping, bird-slicing, subsidy-troughing eco crucifixes.
A wind turbine manufacturer based in Wales is set to close later this year, after talks to sell the renewable energy business collapsed. Mabey Bridge confirmed in a statement yesterday that employees have now been told of the proposed closure despite "exhaustive" attempts to sell the business as a going concern.
“Ministers have been clear that onshore wind energy developments should only get the go-ahead if it is supported by local people through local and neighbourhood plans. Developers will continue to have the right to appeal planning decisions, But any appeal would have to take into account this clear requirement for local backing.”
A huge new wind farm project appears to be hanging in the balance after a Government announcement that it is to end a subsidy scheme a year earlier than expected. ...But the Institute of Mechanical Engineers said the Government move was welcome and onshore wind turbines were an intermittent and expensive way to generate low carbon energy.
After the RO shuts, the only possible subsidies for wind farms will be through a new scheme that is less generous and also much more strictly rationed, with ministers deciding how many projects – if any - are awarded subsidy contracts, enabling them to block further onshore wind if desired.
The new rules are expected to include a greater weighting towards the views of the community when it comes to a local authority planning committee making its final decision. Cornhill farmer Andrew Joicey, who has previously challenged wind-farm applications in Northumberland said: “We’ve heard promises like this before so we are cautiously optimistic.
As the UK's new Conservative government bedded down following its triumph in the elections last week, it has reaffirmed its conviction to fight climate change, to the relief of environmental pressure groups.
The new Government says it is committed to long-term and legally binding goals to cut carbon emissions. However, it has consistently emphasised the key role it expects improvements in energy efficiency – as opposed to green energy – to play in hitting those targets. It has also insisted that renewable power – which remains more expensive than fossil-fuel power – must be “cost-effective”.
The Conservative win is unlikely to affect offshore wind. However, a commitment to stem the growth of the onshore wind power was a key focus in the party's manifesto.
The party’s election manifesto pledged to end "any new public subsidy" for onshore wind farms and to "change the law so that local people have the final say on wind farm applications". This follows an increasing level of intervention on wind farm applications by communities secretary Eric Pickles in the months running up to the election.
Because these subsidies are funded by levies on energy bills, rather than by tax, these costs are regressive. In other words they unfairly penalise the poor, who spend more money proportionately on energy bills than the rich. In fact, climate policy costs are so high that they threaten standards of living across the whole population and will inevitably cause public disenchantment, jeopardising reasonable efforts to provide an affordable and effective insurance policy against climate change.
Mr Chope said he wanted to stop further developments like the Navitus Bay wind farm proposed near his Christchurch constituency. He said: "This Bill ... would ensure such obscenities would not be able to be brought forward again in the future with all the uncertainty that generates for local people.