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Wind farms don't work in the cold: Why it's no use waiting for turbines to keep us warm as the snow returns

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.
8 Jan 2011

120 jobs on line after wind farm bankruptcy

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.
7 Jan 2011

Wind turbine maker sends workers home while buyer sought

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.
6 Jan 2011

Turbine scheme puts SOS in spin

"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.
6 Jan 2011

Wind turbines 'less efficient than claimed'

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.
2 Jan 2011

Wind farms becalmed just when needed the most

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.
1 Jan 2011

Council has power to decide if wind farms are too close to homes

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.
1 Jan 2011

Lesson on renewables mix as turbines stop in big freeze

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.
27 Dec 2010

'Green' Scotland relying on French nuclear power

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.
27 Dec 2010

Appeal over windfarm decision

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.
27 Dec 2010

Nimbys wreck green strategy

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.
26 Dec 2010

Hunts wind farm given green light on appeal

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.
17 Dec 2010

Wind farm scheme rejected

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).
16 Dec 2010

Councillors to visit the site of controversial wind farm

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.
15 Dec 2010
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