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Scheme for wind turbines is generating a war of words

The winds of war are breaking over Totnes in a £4million turbine power battle of words and acronyms. On one side is Shoct - South Hams Opposing Commercial Turbines - who are dead against plans to site a pair of massive wind turbines just outside Totnes. On the other side is the newly formed Swish.
24 Jun 2011

Wind farm forced to close after complaints over the noise

The £55 million turbines at Athany in the Scottish Highlands ground to a halt after complaints from residents that their lives are being made a misery by the constant whirring of the blades. People living close to the wind farm complained to the council that their complaints were being ignored.
18 Jun 2011

Wind turbines noise nuisance case draws near

Jane and Julian Davis say the battle against eight wind turbines at Deeping St Nicholas has taken over their lives for the last five years, leaving them unable to picture what their future may be. Next month, starting from July 4, two weeks has been set aside for them to put their case forward to the High Court.
15 Jun 2011

Wind turbines switched off on 38 days every year

Wind farm operators are paid large subsidies, with more than £500 million going on wind power last year under the Renewables Obligation, the Government's mechanism for supporting renewable energy. The average turbine is understood to generate power worth about £150,000 a year, but is awarded incentives in the form of subsidies worth £250,000.
14 Jun 2011

UK wind farms may shut when demand low: National Grid

"It will become increasingly necessary to restrict the output from wind generation onto the system to ensure sufficient thermal capacity is synchronized," National Grid said in a 2020 transmission system report ...Based on historic data, wind turbines will have to be switched off for 38 days every year.
13 Jun 2011

Firms paid to shut down wind farms when the wind is blowing

Energy firms will receive thousands of pounds a day per wind farm to turn off their turbines because the National Grid cannot use the power they are producing. ...It raises the prospect of hugely profitable electricity suppliers receiving large sums of money from the National Grid just for switching off wind turbines.
13 Jun 2011

'Wind turbines pick up £2.6m for standing idle'

Wind farm operators were paid £2.6m to keep their turbines idle last month in the latest stealth charge on household power bills. ...'The most expensive shutdown occurred on May 24, when seven wind farms came off-line for a total of 69 hours at a cost to the grid of £613,000.
12 Jun 2011

UK faces job losses as businesses threaten to flee abroad to escape green energy levies

"Not every country in the world has the same commitment to climate change [as the UK] and therefore you may feel commercially disadvantaged," Sir Roger says, adding: "That gives you cause for thought as to where you want to invest." ...Dr Constable said last week: "The consumer interest is being sacrificed in efforts to meet arbitrary targets, apparently at any price. This is not a sustainable policy."
12 Jun 2011
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