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The amount is ten times greater than the wind farm's owners would have received had they actually generated any electricity. The disclosure ...prompting calls last night for an official investigation into the payments system. ...Crystal Rig's owners asked for £999 per megawatt hour of energy they would have produced had they been switched on. Incredibly, the figure Crystal Rig had bid was accepted by the National Grid.
Councillor Ciano Rebecchi, whose ward covers the school, said: "We are meant to be a green council and yet we cannot get this turbine to work. "The turbine was meant to cover up to 25 per cent of the school's energy costs. "If it's not working that means that we are paying more than was planned to cover the cost of energy."
But windfarm owners are likely to be in gales of laughter as they await a huge compensation cheque that could give them a windfall running into the millions. They could be eligible for a “constraint” payment from the National Grid to compensate them for loss of earnings during the storm.
Nobody wants the application to go through, other than the German energy firm. So, the whole village, with the exception of the one farmer on whose land the turbines were to be built, voted at the council meeting at which the turbines were discussed; 100 per cent voted against. Yet the uncertainty remains.
People power has produced a remarkable U-turn by Northumberland County Council. There was such a public uproar when the Council granted itself conditional planning permission for a wind turbine next to Haydon Bridge High School that the county has now withdrawn the application.
The grid operator had to shut down 750 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity on Saturday night and 300 MW on Sunday night as the network was congested.
News of the wind farm proposals made the former president's granddaughter join a chorus of disapproval. Susan Eisenhower, head of Washington's Eisenhower Institute, ...an authority on foreign policy and security issues, said: "There are many places where wind farms can be built, but there is only one Culzean Castle with its magnificent sweep of views."
"A major worry was the manner in which developers appeared to be working in a way designed to reduce public discussion to a minimum. Examples were given of legally required public ‘exhibitions' of proposals held with poor publicity and at times when the bulk of the population were at work. In other cases projects were given names unfamiliar to residents.
Alas, despite all the practical evidence to show why wind power is one of the greatest follies of our age, those who rule our lives, from our own politicians and officials here in Britain to those above them in Brussels, seem quite impervious to the facts.
The company is considering laying off about 40 employees in Norway as it scales-back its offshore operations there, a GE spokeswoman confirms to Recharge, although no final decision has yet been taken. The spokeswoman adds that plans for a manufacturing facility in the UK are also on hold.
Last week, the Northumberland National Park Authority development management committee decided to object to the construction of the turbine, which would be sited close to the National Park boundary.
The war of words has continued between residents and the company planning to build 15 wind turbines near Stoke Goldington and Hanslope. Residents have formed the group ‘Save Our Salcey ‘ to promote their fight against Ecotricity - the firm which has submitted plans to Milton Keynes Council to build the turbines nearby.
But the American parent company United Technologies has mothballed the project and handed funding back, as it looks to reconsider plans for the offshore turbines and focus instead on the production of smaller onshore models. Clipper was picked by Crown Estates to lead the way in producing the thousands of turbines to be placed 100 miles out to sea at Dogger Bank.
The move into renewable energy generation has proved a frustrating time for one north Devon farmer. Georg van den Berg grows blueberries and manages 12,000 organic laying hens at Burrington. More than two years ago he started trying to get planning permission for a large 2 MW wind turbine, but had now only just achieved permission for a much scaled-down 55 kW turbine.
‘I quite realise that many people do not like wind turbines, but the planning permission for the turbines at Bagmoor had very little local opposition and was passed by North Lincolnshire planning committee.' But he is already facing fierce protests over a second development of six 400ft turbines.
The application on behalf of Harehope Estate owner John Wrangham for a 77.9m turbine west of New Bewick Farm, Wooperton, has stirred growing protests. And yesterday, the National Park Authority's development management committee added its voice to the objections.
Broadview Energy Developments launched an appeal against the refusal of its plan to build four 410ft wind turbines at Kimbolton. The scheme was rejected by the district council on the grounds that it contravened local and national planning policies and damaged the cultural heritage of the area.
Hundreds of people packed into the parish hall for the parish council's extraordinary general meeting, which was held to discuss a proposed 284ft (86.5m) high turbine by High Elms Lane, with many more people standing outside.
Yarmouth Town Council has unanimously voted to reject plans for a wind farm. The decision was made less than 24 hours after the Government's Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change called on the Island to embrace green technology.
The legality of the plans was unsuccessfully challenged by local residents at Eagland Hill, near Pilling, Lancashire. The proposed turbines will be located about five kilometres from Morecambe Bay where a special protection area hosts a range of birds, including pink-footed geese.