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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to analysis based on data used by the National Grid to monitor power generation, the amount of power produced by wind developments across the UK fell to as low as 2.5 per cent of potential generation capacity, while demand rose to its highest levels. This is a derisory amount. It begs searching questions about the Scottish government's ambitions to go flat out for renewable power generation.
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.
A friend has recently sent me copies of Sir Bernard Ingham's article in your paper, the review of Keith Milligan's book, and Mr Butterworth's letter.
Scotland currently has the most ambitious climate change targets in the world - to generate 80 per cent of Scotland's electricity through renewable sources by 2020. But the study warns that the smooth passage of projects is being hampered by "not in my back yard" objections which force local councils to take even small and medium-sized developments through complicated planning processes.
An eight-turbine wind farm on the site of the former airfield at Graveley has been given the go-ahead by a planning inspector. The developer, RWE npower renewables, which had appealed a decision by Huntingdonshire District Council to refuse planning permission for the project, was delighted by the decision, which followed a public inquiry in May.
Members of the Stop Kelmarsh Wind Farm action group reacted with joy after Daventry District Council's planning committee threw out energy firm Eon's plans for a seven-turbine wind farm between Kelmarsh, Haselbech and Maidwell at their meeting last Wednesday (December 15).
Councillors concerned about the visual impact of what could be the biggest wind farm in Wales and England yesterday postponed giving their verdict on the controversial proposals. Swedish-owned energy firm Nuon wants to site 84 wind turbines each nearly three times the height of the 169-ft Nelson's Column on land south of the Heads of the Valleys road in South Wales.
More than a thousand letters have been received objecting to plans to build two wind turbines in Grange Moor, Huddersfield, claiming they would be too close to a school and homes and would ruin the skyline of a scenic rural area. Councillors are being urged to throw out the plans because officers say insufficient information has been provided.