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The winds of war are breaking over Totnes in a £4million turbine power battle of words and acronyms. On one side is Shoct - South Hams Opposing Commercial Turbines - who are dead against plans to site a pair of massive wind turbines just outside Totnes. On the other side is the newly formed Swish.
The Kincardine and Mearns area committee has requested that further guidance is urgently sought from the Scottish Government on what level of wind power generation Aberdeenshire Council should be expected to provide.
"The indicative capacities set out in Tan 8 in 2005 reflected a considered view of the potential impact of grid and transport connections. However, in a number of the SSAs, developer interest has now greatly exceeded those indicative figures. "The Welsh Government believes this level of development is unacceptable in view of its wider impacts on the local area.
However, government figures last month suggested that the winds which sweep Britain may be weakening. Thirteen of the past 16 months have been calmer than normal - while 2010 was the "stillest" year of the past decade.
Energy firms will receive thousands of pounds a day per wind farm to turn off their turbines because the National Grid cannot use the power they are producing. ...It raises the prospect of hugely profitable electricity suppliers receiving large sums of money from the National Grid just for switching off wind turbines.
Statistics based on a study carried out by St Andrews University, and which centre on its controversial plans to create a wind farm close to the village of Boarhills, have been questioned.
Wind farm operators were paid £2.6m to keep their turbines idle last month in the latest stealth charge on household power bills. ...'The most expensive shutdown occurred on May 24, when seven wind farms came off-line for a total of 69 hours at a cost to the grid of £613,000.
Lord Reay dismissed wind power as "a pointless gesture towards an economically crippling "green" ideology". Opening second reading debate on his Wind Turbines (Minimum Distance from Residential Premises) Bill, Lord Reay called for minimum distances ranging from one to three kilometres, depending on the height of the turbines.
Rochdale council could face significant legal costs if it moves to block the construction of a windfarm on the hills above Watergrove reservoir. That was the stark warning given to Rochdale Township planning sub-committee this week by a senior planning officer.
Renewable energy giant RES has withdrawn its scheme for nine turbines at Park Head, near Netherwitton, which was due to be the subject of a public inquiry starting at the end of the month. Last night, campaigners who have fought the project said they were "thrilled".
Despite the freak gales that battered parts of the country last week, climate experts are warning that many of Britain's wind farms may soon run out of puff. Statistics suggest that the winds that sweep across the British Isles may be weakening.
At the Court of Session, Judge Lord McEwan ruled out the possibility of overturning permission for the 48-turbine Fallago Rig development. Opponents claimed a second hearing looking at the scheme had been biased and the case had been "pre-determined".
She doesn't like wind farms anyway - but she is especially appalled by the prospect of the new infrastructure in the valleys. "This is the rape of the fair country," she said. "It is outrageous that they should consider such a monstrous insult to such a beautiful landscape."
"My main concern is the impact these wind farms will have on people's quality of life - they would be smack in the middle of five villages." She added that campaigners would fight on if the schemes were rejected by Sedgemoor planners and either applicant appealed the decision.
The renewable energy industry is delighted when politicians set ambitious targets. It knows promises later have to be backed up with the regulatory, planning and pricing regimes that ensure they're kept. How realistic is 100% of electricity from renewable sources?
The largest payments were made to Whitelee wind farm in East Renfrewshire, which was given over £300,000 in April 2011, and Farr wind farm, south of Inverness, which received over £260,000 in the same month. Dr Lee Moroney, Planning Director for the REF, said: "The variability of wind power poses grid management problems for which there are no cheap solutions.
"Hasty attempts to meet targets for renewable energy mean some Scottish wind farms are now in the extraordinary position of not only printing money when they generate, but printing it even faster when they throw their energy away."
Members of Scarborough Borough Council's planning committee opted to refuse the application for the monitoring mast when they met on Thursday. ...The development director at Banks Renewables, Phil Dyke, said the firm was "very disappointed" by the council's verdict.
"I am a bit incensed by the fact they will not give us permission for the extension but they will give permission for the turbines. We re-jigged it slightly the second time, they still came up with some nonsense about how it would set a precedent which is an absolute load of nonsense.
Although it might be tempting, landowners should resist offers from companies who provide a complete service in planning, negotiating and erecting wind turbines, he advised.