Articles from UK

The Government's murky wind subsidies revival is a costly blunder

In the world of renewable energy nothing is what it seems. “Environmentally friendly” turns out to be devastating to the natural world. “Cheap” is expensive. “Local support” is found to be at a distance.  “Sustainable” is, strange to say, short lived and unaffordable. A “contract” is non-binding. “Secure” is actually unreliable. Love is hate, black is white, and “Green” is a murky shade of brown. So we should not be surprised when we are simultaneously told, as we were yesterday by government, that onshore wind is now so cost competitive it should be allowed to apply for subsidies again.
3 Mar 2020

Fears persist about Moray wind farm despite scaled-back proposals

Planners still have concerns about a proposed wind farm in Moray despite developers reducing the size and number of turbines. ...Now the developers have put forward scaled-back proposals – described as a “fall back option” – for the site to north of Archiestown, and west of Rothes. The revised plans reduce the number of turbines by six, with 15 at 490ft and a further eight reaching 570ft.
25 Feb 2020

Western Link HVDC outage caused record constraint management payments as wind power surged

The £1.3 billion Western Link was originally due to come online in 2015, but only began operating at full capacity in December 2019. The high cost of balancing the grid given the surge in wind power and the outage comes after The Times reported that in the first six months of 2020, £55.7 million was paid out in constraint payments, while in the whole of 2019 £130 million of constraint payments were made.
24 Feb 2020

Negative pricing will be a ‘big feature’ in net zero transition as UK sees 15 periods in 2020 so far

“Transitioning to a zero carbon grid and increasing the penetration of intermittent, renewable generation means that conditions on the grid can become more volatile." ...But this boom in wind has also meant that constraint management is becoming increasingly challenging and expensive. In the first six weeks of 2020, National Grid made £55.7 million worth of payments for constraint management, almost half of the total of £130 million paid in 2019. 
21 Feb 2020

Wind farm plans rejected for third time in nine years

Forsa Energy Services first put in plans for 16 wind turbines north-west of Gilston Farm in 2011, nine of them in next-door Midlothian, but they were rejected by councillors for the two regions the year after, and appeals to the Scottish Government were turned down too in 2013.
17 Feb 2020

Conman duped pensioner out of 300k in fake wind turbine investment

But fraudster Robert McKechnie, 72, took the money and ran, a court heard. He admitted three counts of fraud when he appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Tuesday. Two involved Sydney, and a third against another victim, a woman from St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, who handed over £78,435. The turbines never materialised.
30 Jan 2020

North Sea wind projects ‘not enough’ to support Scottish supply chain, SSE boss warns

He said he did not think Scottish projects would “provide sufficient supply chain demand to provide sustainable business for the supply chain”. SSE Renewables’ upcoming project, the 114-turbine Seagreen offshore wind farm off the coast of Montrose, has attracted criticism after correspondence appeared to show the lion’s share of jacket manufacturing work will be carried out at a huge yard in the Far East.
29 Jan 2020

Wind turbines generate more cash when switched off and Scots customers shouldering £650m blame

So-called 'constraint payments', a sort of compensation, have been paid to energy firms in charge of wind farms, when demand for electricity falls or winds are too strong for turbines to operate. These costs are added to consumers' electricity bills. ...According to the Renewable Energy Foundation, 2018 was a record year for constraint payments, reaching a staggering £124,649,106 - surpassing the total in 2017 of £108,247,860.
17 Jan 2020

Wind farm giant Ørsted cuts jobs after discovering wind is less effective than previously thought

In October, Orsted’s share price fell by more than 7pc when it warned that its wind farms were producing less power than expected. The company blamed this dip in production on the fact that wind turbines block each others wind, thereby decreasing its efficiency. Orsted suggested that phenomenon had been traditionally underestimated across the wind energy industry, which has been under pressure in recent times as bountiful government subsidies are swapped for competitive auction systems.
6 Jan 2020

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