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Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News

These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

December 22, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm developer paid £7.5million to turn off its wind turbines

A green energy company has been paid £7.5million – to switch off its turbines and stop producing electricity. This year alone Falck Renewables Wind Ltd received £2.8million not to generate power on 77 separate occasions. The firm was under fire from politicians and campaigners last night as it emerged it wants to extend its Millennium development in the hills above Loch Ness. Since it started producing electricity in June 2009, Falck has received £7.5million in “constraint payments” – money paid . . .

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December 22, 2014 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Energy feeling wind of change as plans for single wind turbines plunge

Plunging applications for single wind turbines have been hailed as the “end of the gold rush” as they prove too costly to connect to the grid. The latest planning stats reveal that the number of renewable energy planning applications received between July and September for Northern Ireland this year dropped by just over a fifth (21%) compared to the same period last year. It follows a similar trend in the first quarter of 2014/15 when numbers plunged by almost a . . .

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December 22, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm appeal to go to public hearing

A public hearing is to take place into a windfarm that could earn an MSP millions of pounds after its refusal was appealed. RWE Innogy wants to erect 15 turbines at Ardchonnel Farm, near Loch Awe in Argyll. The 3,500 acre estate is owned by Conservative MSP and party environment spokesman Jamie McGrigor, who stands to earn more than £8million if the 364ft structures go up. Argyll and Bute Council’s planning committee refused permission for the windfarm at a special . . .

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December 22, 2014 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Newton wind turbine given approval

Turbine protesters have been disappointed after it was revealed an installation which could ‘ruin countryside views’ has been approved after going to appeal. East Staffordshire Borough Council planning chiefs have granted permission for a wind turbine at Manor Farm in Newton near Abbots Bromley. The main issues in the appeal were the visual and landscape effects of the proposed wind turbine and the effects on migratory and other birds. The appeal site is located in an area defined as being . . .

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December 22, 2014 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Energy Department buoy off Virginia coast will use lasers to measure airspeeds

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — Everyone knows gusty winds whip over the ocean off the coast here. Weather buoys out there measure speeds at the water’s surface. But what about winds 100, 200 or even 600 feet above the ocean? That is crucial, but so far unknown, information for companies looking to build offshore wind farms with turbines proposed to stretch close to 600 feet tall. On Dec. 12, a ship carrying a new high-tech weather buoy motored out of Little . . .

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December 22, 2014 • MaltaPrint storyE-mail story

Government shifts renewable energy policy from wind to solar

Wind farm projects have been ruled out as studies indicated they are not possible or feasible in Malta, the permanent secretary in the Energy Ministry, Ronald Mizzi, said today. Addressing a news conference this morning, Mr Mizzi said the government was now basing its renewable energy policy to solar farms. According to new government plans, he said, Malta needed 2.7 square kilometres to produce five per cent of its renewable energy targets by 2010. Asked whether this was achievable in . . .

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December 22, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

John Muir Trust says Crossburns windfarm would blight Rob Roy Way

A conservation charity says a planned windfarm in the Perthshire Highlands would blight one of Scotland’s long-distance trails. The John Muir Trust is objecting to the proposal to build a 25-turbine development across the Rob Roy Way. West Coast Energy subsidiary Crossburns Windfarm has applied for permission to build the windfarm 4km (2½ miles) south-west of Aberfeldy. Its turbines would be 115m (377ft) high. The trust said, if approved, this section of the Rob Roy Way, considered one of the . . .

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December 22, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Public hearing into Tory MSP’s wind farm planned

A public hearing is to take place over a refused controversial windfarm in Argyll which could earn the Scottish Conservatives’ environment spokesman more than £8 million. The application was refused when it came before planners in May. Ardchonnel wind farm is planned on a 3500-acre estate in Argyll owned by Conservative MSP Sir Jamie McGrigor. It had attracted 92 objections – and 52 expressions of support. The 45 megawatt windfarm would have been one of the largest in Argyll had . . .

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December 21, 2014 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Future of wind farms in Ohio is cloudy

Wind-energy development in Ohio has entered a long and sometimes agonizing limbo. State regulators have approved 11 projects that have yet to install a single wind turbine. Developers say the projects — which would more than triple the state’s wind-energy output — are alive, despite state laws passed this year that some of the same companies said would kill investment. At the same time, local residents say they are stuck waiting to see what will happen with proposed projects in . . .

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December 21, 2014 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Clean energy plan would bring new power lines to desert

For nearly six years, officials debated the best places to build renewable energy projects in the desert, culminating in a massive draft document known as the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. But it’s still far from clear how that energy would be transmitted from the desert to the urban centers that need it most. The long-awaited plan — which was released earlier this year — would reshape renewable energy development across 22.5 million acres of California desert, allowing solar, wind . . .

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