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.
A giant wind turbine is to be erected above a north-east castle despite concerns about its impact on the historic site. Inverurie-based energy firm Green Cat Renewables has had proposals for a single 275ft installation near Fyvie Castle accepted. Turriff community council had raised concerns about the noise the turbine would make and of the cumulative effect of the “large number” of turbines in the area. But councillors on the Formartine area committee yesterday backed a report that said it . . . Complete story »
Campaigners calling for the removal of a wind turbine at Knock Iveagh outside Rathfriland say they are deeply concerned by the failure of planners at Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to take action and halt development. Knock Iveagh is the site of a large scheduled monument, a Neolithic burial cairn, and archaeological experts believe it was the location for ritual ‘Royal’ inaugurations going back thousands of years. It is understood there are currently four council enforcement cases against planning . . . Complete story »
The SNP has been accused of ‘climbing into bed’ with big-money foreign investors over plans for a giant wind farm. Islanders on Lewis are battling a proposal by French firm EDF that would see 36 turbines erected on old crofting land. If the development, near Stornoway, goes ahead then tenant crofters will lose rights to the land for 70 years. The Scottish Land Court has received 250 objections from locals who want permission to build a smaller, community wind farm . . . Complete story »
New windfarm proposals for Newton Mearns are set to be kicked out by councillors. East Renfrewshire’s planning committee will be presented with plans for six giant turbines on Soame Windfarm by energy firm Coriolis Energy today. The site, which sits between Shieldhill Farm and Moor Road, is being lined up for turbines despite a previous bid being rejected eight years ago. Andrew Cahill, the local authority’s director of environment, will recommend that planning permission is refused again after concerns over . . . Complete story »
A wind turbine maker has collapsed citing international competition – and Westminster support cuts to the renewables industry. Gaia-Wind, which celebrated the roll-out of its 1000th device from Glasgow last April, has appointed a provisional liquidator. The company moved its operations to Scotland from Denmark seven years ago and had clients in countries including Tonga, Australia and Italy. Yesterday the provisional liquidator, Aberdeen’s Meston Reid and Co, was looking for a buyer in a bid to save all or part . . . Complete story »
An investigation by ITV News Meridian has revealed that turbine blades at the world’s largest offshore wind farm off Kent have developed a fault. Actress and activist Emma Thompson has even fronted a controversial Greenpeace campaign, claiming wind power costs have halved. However, this video has since been removed from their website and social media sites. Erosion repairs to the turbines could cost millions of pounds as the owners are forced to carry out emergency repairs to 140 of the . . . Complete story »
The developer of a wind farm off the Angus coast has opted to apply for a new substation location after locals rejected the initial proposals. Developers of Inch Cape Wind Farm, Red Rock Power, have now submitted an application for a revised site at the former Cockenzie Power Station. Ian Johnson, project manager said: “We have taken on board the local community’s feedback on the originally proposed site and therefore proposed a new location for the onshore components of the . . . Complete story »
A public inquiry into a wind farm planning application is due to begin in Llandrindod Wells this morning. The application for seven wind turbines to be built at Llandegley Rhos, beside the Llandegley Rocks, was turned down by Powys planning committee last year, with an 11 to one against vote. But developers Hendy Wind Farm Ltd have appealed the decision with the planning inspectorate, and a five-day public inquiry will now determine the outcome of the application. The company said . . . Complete story »
The owner of the world’s first floating wind farm off Peterhead is eyeing further opportunities in the North Sea. Stephen Bull, Statoil’s senior vice president of wind and low carbon solutions, said the east coast of Scotland was a “natural area where we’d like to grow our business if we can” as it looked to build on the success of the pioneering Hywind development, which was powered up for the first time in October. The innovative array features turbines held . . . Complete story »
Reay residents have turned out in force to voice their fears that their village will end up encircled by “a ring of steel”. They were appearing at the public session at the end of a public local inquiry into plans for two wind farms involving a total of 38 turbines, each between 125 and 140 metres high. More than 80 people packed the village hall which followed six days of evidence given at the hearing in Caithness Horizons in Thurso. . . . Complete story »