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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.
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.
"Wind farms are an extremely sensitive issue - nobody has really proved that they are a good idea and the thought of having something that might actually not be that helpful despoiling the landscape has divided people."
A top American fluid-dynamics boffin says that new, larger wind turbines now going into service are going to have to be placed much further apart - which will have serious implications for the amount of energy produced by wind farms of the future.
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.
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.
Local campaigners are vowing to continue the fight to keep five giant wind turbines off Todmorden Moor, because the battle to protect the Common Land in the area has only just begun. Todmorden Moor Restoration Trust and other members of the public stressed their disappointment that Calderdale's planning committee could not throw the whole plan out when they discussed it this week.
SSE downplays impact of Skykon collapse on wind farm plansStaff at the Machrihanish-based company were told the news at a meeting with the administrators this morning, learning that all 130 of them will return to work tomorrow and outstanding wages will be paid.
Britain's wind farms almost ground to a halt during the coldest spells in December, it has emerged. As temperatures plunged below zero and demand for electricity soared, figures reveal that most of the country's 3,000 wind turbines were virtually still, energy experts say. ...The National Grid was forced to compensate by cranking up conventional coal and gas-fired power stations.
Workers were sent home from Skycon's Campbeltown factory in Argyll today after the wind farm manufacturer went bust. The firm called in the administrators and sent home the majority of its 120-strong workforce after its Danish parent firm Skycon entered insolvency proceedings.
Wind Farm community benefit is a two edged sword. Perhaps the worst legacy that the race for wind will leave is the division of communities caused by the distribution of these payments.
More than 120 workers at Highland wind turbine factory Skykon have been sent home after the facility fell into the hands of administrators. ...Insolvency specialists from Ernst & Young held a meeting with staff at the manufacturing base in Machrihanish yesterday morning, when workers were told that just six of the 130-strong workforce would be kept on to assist administrators.
"SOS believes the parish council proposal would cause irreparable damage to the landscape, not only for the residents in Bisley but for those living miles around," said SOS spokeswoman Jane Walker. "It is a wholly inappropriate location for such massive structures." The parish council is considering a number of options to generate its own electricity and wind power is one of them.
The JMT examined the performance of 47 wind farms capable of producing 2,430 megawatts (MW) of green energy. ...The research found over 395 days, the wind farms could have produced 17,586,000 MW hours of energy running at full capacity. In reality, 3,881,900MW hours was generated, equivalent to 22.07 per cent.
Politicians at County Hall had asked ministers for clarification over planning rules determining the minimum distance between new wind farm developments and residential properties. It came after the authority's planning committee rejected two separate wind farm schemes close to the village of Spaldington, near Howden, in September.
The failure of wind farms to function at full tilt during December forced energy suppliers to rely on coal-fired power stations to keep the lights on - meaning more greenhouse gases were produced. Experts feared that as the Government moved towards 30 per cent of electricity from wind - while closing gas and coal-fired power stations - cold, still winters could cause a problem in the future.
A wind farm opposed by conservationists has been given the go-ahead by the Scottish government. Developer RES will construct 33 turbines, which reach to 393ft (120m) in height, at Dunmaglass, about 20 miles (32km) south of Inverness.
Earlier this year the Government introduced a ‘feed-in tariff', which pays owners of small scale renewable energy devices a fixed premium for every unit of electricity generated. The move has encouraged more farmers to apply for permission to install wind turbines on their land.
Scotland's wind farms are unable to cope with the freezing weather conditions - grinding to a halt at a time when electricity demand is at a peak, forcing the country to rely on power generated by French nuclear plants. Output from major wind farms fell to as low as 2.5 per cent of their potential generation capacity during the cold snap as power demand rose to close to the highest level yet recorded.
Developers behind one of the most contentious windfarm applications to go through Aberdeenshire Council's planning process are challenging a decision to block the project. The bid to build three 276ft turbines on land at Auchenten, south of Peterhead, prompted more than 170 letters of objection.