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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.

July 21, 2018 • U.K., WalesPrint storyE-mail story

The heatwave has caused a wind drought with wind farms producing 40% less energy this summer

A lack of wind in the UK this month has caused many of the country’s wind turbines to slow down. Wind energy output across the UK is down 40% from the same time last year, according to a study at Imperial College London. This is despite the fact that more turbines have been built in the interim. Dr Robert Gross looked at data for the Wales, England and Scotland, and found that wind turbines have generated around 2-3 gigawatts. During . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine size increase sought at wind farm near Loch Doon

A bid is being made to increase the size of 18 wind turbines approved near Loch Doon in southern Scotland. E.On was given permission by the Scottish government for the Benbrack scheme near Carsphairn last year. It came despite concerns being voiced by two councils and Scottish Natural Heritage about the impact on the loch. However, the company is now proposing to increase the size of the turbines involved in order to “maximise potential renewable energy generation”. Approval was given . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2018 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

It’s us or the wind turbines!

I have just read the various articles and letters about the proposed wind turbines at North Tolsta. Several of the letters make reference to the impact on tourism, so I thought that a view from a tourist might be of interest. My wife and I are regular visitors to Lewis and are making another trip there next month. The things which attract us to return are the stunning scenery and the unspoilt tranquillity of the island. One of the arguments . . . Complete story »

July 18, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Cheap foreign workers being prioritised for offshore wind jobs’, warn MPs and trade unions

Lax immigration rules are preventing Hull seafarers and labourers from getting jobs in the offshore wind industry, MPs and trade unions have warned. The world’s largest wind farm, Hornsea, is currently being built off the Humber coast – but critics say British seafarers and labourers are not feeling the benefit of the predicted jobs boom. The renewable energy industry successfully lobbied the Home Office in April 2017 to introduce an immigration waiver for those working on the construction of the . . . Complete story »

July 18, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial off-shore wind farm plans spark heated debate in Holt

Controversial plans for an off-shore wind farm sparked a public debate at a meeting hosted by a Norfolk MP. Danish energy giant Ørsted hopes to build the Hornsea Project Three wind farm 121km off the north Norfolk coast. The plans have proved controversial, particularly regarding the proposed cable route and its potential damage to the surrounding area from the laying of the cable, and the impact of an on-shore booster station in open countryside. North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb hosted . . . Complete story »

July 18, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

German firm in bid to develop tallest turbine in north of Scotland

A German-owned company is bidding to develop what would be the tallest onshore wind turbines in the far north of Scotland. Energiekontor UK has earmarked moorland near Lairg for its latest venture, which would have the potential to produce 54.6mw of electricity. The scheme is at an early stage, with the company going through a scoping process before firming up an environmental impact study, which it would table along with a planning application. The firm is looking to erect 13 . . . Complete story »

July 18, 2018 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Weird ‘wind drought’ means Britain’s turbines are at a standstill

Britain is experiencing a “wind drought” that has slowed or halted the blades on turbines around the country. July’s wind energy output so far is down 40 per cent when compared to the same period last year – despite more wind turbines having been installed in the interim, according to new figures. “We’ve been typically doing between 2 to 3 gigawatts of wind [generation],” says Rob Gross of Imperial College London, which complied the data, “At a windier time of . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2018 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Offshore wind decommissioning costs could top £3bn, report finds

Offshore wind farm decommissioning could top £3 billion, according to a UK Government report released last night. The Cost Estimation and Liabilities in Decommissioning Offshore Wind Installations report, published by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) concluded that the cost of of offshore wind decommissioning could be between £1.28bn and £3.64bn. The report, which included a number of Scottish wind developments, forecast that the actual cost would be around £1.82bn. It concluded that “highly volatile” vessel rates, . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2018 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

The turbine timebomb

As we swelter in this fine summer, I wonder if any readers know that we could all be in grave danger from the dreaded “Tickenden Zeitbomben”. Is it a fearsome Scottish cleg? Is it the fabled Loch Ness Monster? No, but it could be much closer to you than you think and potentially extremely dangerous as we are importing more to this country than ever before. In fact, our once beautiful countryside is now littered with them so they are . . . Complete story »

July 12, 2018 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

From Holy Grail to wasteland

For over a decade, policy-makers in the Western Isles have seen ‘renewable energy’ as the key to achieving the Holy Grail of Hebridean aspiration. That is, long-term economic abundance and cash flow, thereby lifting the island population away from perceived poverty and inequalities vis-a-vis the mainland. Onshore wind farms and an inter-connector (in island parlance ‘the interconnector’) are seen as the drivers towards that aspiration, irrespective of all other considerations. This, despite the view of Scottish Natural Heritage that the . . . Complete story »

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