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Bowman warns tinkering could threaten onshore wind farms

Onshore wind farm developers are concerned about the government’s decision to review the system for ensuring that utility companies are using enough electricity from renewable sources. Philip Bowman, chief executive of Scottish Power, said at the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) conference in Glasgow last week that he was concerned any new structure would undermine investor confidence. Alistair Darling, trade and industry secretary, also announced last week plans to consult on how to achieve the 20% target for electricity from renewables by 2020. As part of this process, the government’s Renewable Obligations (RO) system will be looked at with a view to adapting it to encourage alternative sources of power over and above onshore wind.
15 Oct 2006

Row over renewable energy scheme

A renewable energy scheme is being funded by cuts from other projects designed to promote household energy efficiency, the BBC has learned. At the Labour conference, Environment Secretary David Miliband promised £10m to help fund projects like wind power. But it has emerged schemes to promote double-glazing and insulation are to be cut to fund it. A Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) spokesman said energy efficiency was crucial.
13 Oct 2006

UK scientists warn of 'gap between rhetoric and reality' on wind turbines

LONDON (AFX) - A major UK government-funded study has warned that the political spinning of energy-efficient technologies such as wind turbines has created 'a substantial gap between rhetoric and reality', which could damage future development. Scientists from the Universities of Sussex, Southampton and Imperial College London said that despite the growth in the profile of micro-generation technologies such as wind turbines -- enthusiastically championed by David Cameron and Sir Menzies Campbell -- the barriers towards implementation on a national scale are still huge. The research, led by Dr Jim Watson at the Sussex Energy Group and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, found that policy makers were still not doing enough to promote micro-generation- technologies that allow households to generate their own electricity.
9 Oct 2006

‘Green’ electricity views sought

Plans to get 20% of UK electricity from renewable sources by 2020 are to be put out to consultation by Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling. He will launch the process at the start of work on the £300m Whitelee wind farm, south of Glasgow on Monday. Mr Darling says more energy will have to come from sources such as wind, wave, tidal and biomass technologies. Ministers are also looking to increase the amount of smaller-scale, localised electricity production.
9 Oct 2006

Wind farms may suffer in plan to boost other fuel sources

THE Government is proposing to favour some renewable energy sources over others in an attempt to kick-start types of green power that have been slow to take off. The approach could mean that less well developed forms of renewable energy, such as marine or solar power, receive more subsidy in the form of Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs). Established forms of renewables, such as onshore wind farms, could receive fewer ROCs. The proposals to reform the ROC system were issued for consultation today as Alistair Darling, the Trade and Industry Secretary, stuck the first spade in the ground at what will be Britain’s biggest onshore wind farm — Whitelee — operated by ScottishPower on Eaglesham Moor outside Glasgow.
9 Oct 2006

Turbine shortage threatens wind farms

WIND farm operators are warning that a shortage of turbines could lead to Scotland missing its targets for delivering electricity from renewable sources. Environment minister Ross Finnie said recently that he believed that there were probably enough wind farms planned to meet the Scottish Executive’s share of the 40% renewable energy target by 2020. However, many of Scotland’s operators are struggling to secure permissions for the construction of new wind farms, either because applications are tied up in planning backlogs or public inquiries. Orders for new turbines are placed only after these permissions are secured. For some that may mean that orders for turbines will not go in until 2009, due to planning delays.
8 Oct 2006

‘Wind rush’ set to end, says minister in call for shift in emphasis towards alternative types of renewable energy

Scotland’s “wind rush” - the massive surge in applications to build windfarms - may be coming to an end, the environment minister signalled yesterday. Ross Finnie, who attended the launch of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s report, said the emphasis should now be on other forms of renewable energy such as tidal, wave and biomass. According to a report earlier this year by environmental groups, windfarms made up nearly 90 per cent of renewable energy schemes planned or under construction. If this rate of development were to continue, nearly 600 square kilometres - an area bigger than North Lanarkshire - would be covered by windfarms in order to meet the 40 per cent renewable energy target for electricity by 2020.
3 Oct 2006

Is wind power just hot air?

The harsh truth is that money, rather than worries over global warming, is the only thing that will tempt the British to use alternative fuels en masse. And for the most part, the sums do not add up. Wind energy is a good example. Even the respected Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales does not recommend roof-mounted wind turbines, such as that embraced by Mr Cameron. Wind speeds around many houses are low and erratic, while a turbine is noisy and can damage a building, it points out.
30 Sep 2006

Wind hits gale force on the political scale

Giant wind turbines could be built in schools and hospitals across the North after the Government called for massive investment in renewables. As Environment Secretary David Miliband yesterday admitted he was “scared” about the threat of climate change, the Government announced plans to allow the development of 300ft turbines on public land. Schools, hospitals, council offices and Ministry of Defence sites are all under consideration and ministers say each project should produce up to five megawatts of power - the equivalent of two 100m turbines.
28 Sep 2006

Miliband puts wind turbines at the top of green agenda

Environment Secretary David Miliband has paved the way for a new generation of giant wind turbines to be built at schools, hospitals and other public sites.In his keynote speech to Labour’s annual conference, Mr Miliband announced £10 million funding to encourage the construction of hundreds of new wind turbines on publicly-owned land, including sites owned by the Ministry of Defence. No details of the planned sites was available, but they are certain to include locations in the Westcountry, which is viewed by renewable energy experts as having some of the best wind resources in the country.
28 Sep 2006

Scottish ministers back marine power projects

The Scottish Executive has unveiled new proposals to support marine energy development projects. The proposals aim to provide increased financial returns to wave and tidal generators, giving the sector more of an incentive to grow and contribute to Scotland's renewable energy ambitions.
23 Sep 2006

The Ramblers Association has vowed to fight planning applications for windfarms

RAMBLERS across Cumbria are to join forces in the fight against wind turbines as part of a national campaign to stop their march across the countryside. The move is in direct contrast to calls from other groups such as Greenpeace, who support windfarm developments. Mike Murgatroyd, secretary of the west Cumbria group of the Ramblers Association, said: “Ramblers, in common with a lot of other groups, appreciate the countryside and don’t want to see it despoiled. “I think they are a blight on the landscape, wherever they are.”
21 Sep 2006

100% of Scottish power 'green' by 2050, pledge Lib Dems

ALL Scotland's electricity needs could be met from renewable energy sources by 2050 under a bold vision for a greener future unveiled yesterday by Nicol Stephen, the deputy first minister. In an hugely ambitious pledge, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats vowed to go further than the Executive's existing commitment to meet 40 per cent of the country's electricity requirements through renewable sources by 2020.
19 Sep 2006

Ramblers demand an end to spread of wind farms

The Ramblers' Association is set to announce its opposition to the construction of onshore wind farms across the country. The move is a major blow for the government, which is struggling to maintain its pledge to increase the amount of electricity generated by renewable energy sources. The decision to try to block large wind farms in Britain follows the association's role in persuading the Scottish Executive to stop construction of a group of turbines in Perthshire on the grounds that the development would damage the environment.
17 Sep 2006

New nuclear power plants win support

MORE Scots now favour building nuclear power stations north of the border than relying solely on alternative sources of energy, according to a new survey. A YouGov poll commissioned by The Sunday Times reveals that 45% of Scots believe existing stations should be replaced at the end of their working lives compared with 37% who think they should not be replaced. The poll shows support for nuclear has risen since the start of the year when an ICM poll for the BBC found that 51% of Scots were against building new nuclear power stations north of the border, compared with just 33% in favour.
17 Sep 2006

Power at what cost?

Similar stories are told by governments and the wind power industry throughout the world, but the whole monstrous lie is blown apart in a letter sent this month by the Noble Environmental Power company of Churubusco, New York State, to neighbours of Noble’s wind power developments.
14 Sep 2006
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