Wind Power News: U.K.
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.
Wind farms rejected by councils in Tayside and Fife have been waved through 13 times by ministers in Edinburgh. Analysis of planning data by The Courier shows eight refused applications for turbine developments in Tayside and five in Fife have been successful on appeal since 2003. The trend for overturning local decisions is revealed following outrage last month at the Scottish Government’s approval of the controversial Greenscares scheme near Braco in Perthshire. Gleneagles hotel management and the head of an . . . Complete story »
So Storm Erik got the wind turbines turning at last and trade association RenewableUK’s executive director Emma Pinchbeck came out of the traps at full gallop extolling the wonderment that is consumer-subsidised wind power (“Storm brings energy record”, The Herald, February 13). She enthused that “at one of the coldest times of the year, when we need it most, wind is generating over a third of Britain’s power needs, setting a new clean energy record’. This predictable haste in telling . . . Complete story »
Norfolk landowners must accept they are in a “David versus Goliath” battle when negotiating with wind farm developers who want to dig cables across their property. This was one of the key messages for farmers and rural professionals at a series of spring update seminars run across East Anglia this week by agri-business and land agents from Brown and Co. The meeting heard that Norfolk will see a proliferation of major infrastructure projects in the coming years including roads, electricity . . . Complete story »
Innovative plans for Kype Muir Wind Farm have been given the green light following the installation of a state-of-the-art radar system at Glasgow Airport. Along with air traffic services company NATS, and Banks Renewables, Glasgow Airport has introduced a new radar that can mitigate the impact of the wind farm near Strathaven. The development will generate 88.4MW of renewable energy from its 26 turbines. NATS will manage the dual Terma SCANTER 4002 radar system which is capable of supporting air . . . Complete story »
Plans for three onshore wind turbines in Hartlepool measuring more than 300ft-tall are set to be submitted to planning chiefs before the end of the month. Hartlepool-based green energy company Seneca Global Energy is preparing to apply to Hartlepool Borough Council for permission for the scheme. It is proposing to develop two turbines on land west of Brenda Road south of Tata steel, and a single turbine on the Tofts Farm Industrial Estate, to the north of Tofts Road West. . . . Complete story »
An appeal against a council’s refusal of a wind farm in the Scottish Borders has been successful. The local authority turned down seven turbines on land north west of Gilston Farm near Heriot due to landscape impact concerns. Forsa Energy appealed against that decision and it has now been ruled the project can proceed. A Scottish government reporter said the cumulative impact with the nearby Dun Law wind farm would be “acceptable”. “Any wind farm development, by virtue of the . . . Complete story »
Determination of an application to build 300ft wind turbine in Caithness has been deferred by Highland councillors for more visual information. Whirlwind Renewables has applied to place the turbine on rough grazing land immediately southeast of the Forss Business and Technology Park and the existing six-turbine Forss Wind Farm. Planners refused the application on the grounds that it was a different height from the Forss windfarm turbines and therefore would appear ‘incongruous’ and ‘visually confusing’, particularly when viewed from the . . . Complete story »
Overhill Wind Farm’s nearest neighbour has claimed that local democracy is being denied after the council gave developers the green light. East Ayrshire Council’s planning committee gave developers EnergieKontor permission for the 10-turbine wind farm between Dalmellington and New Cumnock on Friday, January 18. However, there were over 400 more objections than letters of support and Jerry Mulders – who stays less than 2km from the planned turbines – feels let down by the council. Jerry told the Chronicle: “It . . . Complete story »
The issue of where substations are built to serve new offshore wind farms in Norfolk is to be raised in the Houses of Parliament today. Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has secured an end of day adjournment debate on the matter, amid two major wind farm schemes off the county’s coast. Three of the biggest wind farms in the world are planned off the Norfolk coast. The companies behind them say they will provide enough energy to power more than . . . Complete story »
Marr area councillors have echoed the views of their Kincardine and Mearns counterparts and recommended a formal objection to plans for a 26-turbine windfarm near the Cairngorms National Park. The unanimous decision paves the way for Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee to lodge a formal objection with the Scottish Government. Coriolis Energy is behind the application to the government for the 104 mega-watt network of turbines on the Fasque and Glendye Estates, north of Edzell. Councillors were in full agreement . . . Complete story »