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Worst year ever for wind farm energy due to drop in wind speeds

​Wind farms produced less power than ever last year despite an increase in the number of turbines, new annual energy statistics show. The disappointing figures come after the South West failed to meet its renewable electricity target last year and have sparked renewed criticism of controversial onshore plants.
5 Apr 2011

There's nothing wrong with fighting wind farms

While appropriately sited wind farms have a contribution to make both to our energy security and to our low carbon goals as part of a mix of renewable sources, they should not be imposed on unwilling communities outside of a full and proper democratic process.
1 Apr 2011

WRONG kind of WIND blamed for renewable red-ink FAIL

Despite the bullish statements, the wind industry remains vulnerable on Government kindness, in the shape of feed-in tariffs (FITs). If consumers' desire for cheap energy was allowed to be met by the market, it would lift millions of poor people out of fuel poverty.
22 Mar 2011

Protests bring a halt to wind farm scheme

Plans for a "farm" of wind turbines higher than York Minster in the Terrington Bank area have come to a halt following protest ...The Mercury has been told that the plans will not proceed because landowners have backed out.
7 Mar 2011

Withdraw plan for wind farm say protesters

PfR submitted a planning application to the council in October last year seeking permission to install the wind turbines at the University of Reading-owned site. However, representatives of Householders Against Rushy Mead (HARM), who are campaigning against the development, believe residents should be fully consulted about the additional information before planning bosses are able to make a formal decision.
2 Mar 2011

Energy giant scraps plan for windfarm

Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) said yesterday it had decided to halt work on its proposed development just over a mile off Machrihanish on the peninsula's west coast, citing a wide variety of factors including the impact on leisure and local residents.
2 Mar 2011

Controversial plans for wind turbines rejected

On the Needwood proposal, residents had raised concerns that the amount of power that could be generated from the turbine would be ‘disproportionate’ to the size of the property, as well as fears over the ‘loss of visual amenity’, noise, and the impact on a species of bat, a protected animal.
2 Mar 2011

Government's promised tax cut bid to silence wind farm protests

But a National Association of Wind Farm Action Groups spokesman said: "It is utterly naive of the energy minister to imagine that local communities, who have shown the strength of their opposition throughout the UK to inappropriately sited wind farms, to imagine that community funds can buy off their opposition."
11 Feb 2011

Is this the UK's most useless wind turbine?

Passed by millions of drivers a year, it is one of England's best known wind turbines. It is also one of its most useless. According to latest figures, the 280ft generator towering over the M4 near Reading worked at just 15 per cent of its capacity last year. And although it generated electricity worth an estimated £100,000, it had to be subsidised with £130,000 of public money.
10 Feb 2011

'Bribes' for areas that accept a wind farm

A spokesman for the National Association of Wind farm Action Groups, said communities will not be "bribed". "It is utterly naive of the energy minister to imagine that local communities, who have shown the strength of their opposition throughout the UK to inappropriately sited wind farms, to imagine that community funds can buy off their opposition."
10 Feb 2011

Planners deal blow to wind farm scheme

The creation of a controversial wind farm near a Midland tourist attraction was today dealt a blow after plans for a 229ft mast to monitor air flow were thrown out. Wind Prospect Developments Ltd wants to create six 413ft wind turbines at King Street on the Bradford Estate near Weston Park, on the South Staffordshire-Shropshire border.
3 Feb 2011

Wind farm scheme thrown out

Planning officers had recommended the plans for refusal because the turbines would cause "unreasonable" noise, pose an "oppressive" view to nearby residents and were simply not in keeping with the rural landscape.
28 Jan 2011

Search for wind farm firm on hold

The delay would give the subcommittee time to look at the economics of any proposed wind farm and other potential renewable sources of electricity. In addition, he said it would give the subcommittee time to consider the outcome of the UK's consultation on renewable obligation certificates.
19 Jan 2011

700 sign petition against Mease Valley wind farm

More than 700 people have signed a petition handed into Lichfield District Council against plans to build four 420ft wind turbines. Lichfield planning chairman, councillor Richard Cox, has handed in the petition which says the turbines will harm the heritage and environment around Haunton. German firm Prowind is hoping to build the turbines.
18 Jan 2011

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