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.
Planning permission has been granted for two wind turbines in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country, near Bardon Mill. The turbines will generate electricity for Longsyke Farm and its associated holiday cottage. The farm is located just 1,300m from the Roman Wall, two miles north-west of the Sill National Landscape Disovery Centre, and 1.5 miles from the popular Steel Rigg car park. The structures, which will stand at just over 15m to the tip of turbine, will also be located . . . Complete story »
Floating wind turbines could be deployed in the sea off Pembrokeshire as part of an effort to boost the marine energy sector in Wales. The proposal comes as part of an environmental scoping report submitted yesterday by Cornwall-based wave energy developer Wave Hub Limited (WHL). The report looks at how to develop marine energy technologies in the Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone (PDZ), a 90 sq km area of sea located approximately 15km off the south Pembrokeshire coastline. It suggests that opening . . . Complete story »
“The best outcome we could hope for” – countryside campaigners welcome Norfolk wind farms announcements
Countryside campaigners have welcomed decisions by the energy firm proposing to build two giant wind farms off the Norfolk coast which it says will reduce the impact on the environment. Vattenfall, which is behind plans for the Norfolk Vanguard and Boreas wind farms, has said it will use a more advanced method for currency transmission, high voltage direct current (HVDC), which would narrow the cable corridor by more than half from 100m to 45m and mean no relay stations will . . . Complete story »
The Scottish Government has ruled another 11 turbines can be built near Bridge of Cally after the company behind the scheme successfully appealed Perth and Kinross Council’s decision to deny planning permission last year. ABO Wind UK’s proposed Green Burn Wind Farm can now be built roughly three-quarters of a mile west of the existing Drumderg Wind Farm. A reporter working for the government’s Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) decided its visual impact would only be “experienced” by locals, . . . Complete story »
“We can crack open a bottle of bubbly now” – landowners celebrate Vattenfall wind farm cable decision
Landowners on the cable route for a major offshore wind farm are celebrating the energy firm’s decision to pursue a transmission option which would halve the corridor width and remove the need for onshore relay stations. Swedish company Vattenfall is behind the plans for the Norfolk Vanguard and Boreas wind farms, which would require a 60km cable trench to be dug from Happisburgh to Necton – a source of huge concern for farmers and environmental campaigners. But the firm has . . . Complete story »
The energy firm behind one of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms has scrapped plans to build large electricity plants in the Norfolk countryside. Vattenfall, which wants to build two wind farms around 50 kilometres off the east Norfolk coast, said today it will use more advanced technology which will mean a cable corridor it hopes to dig across the Norfolk countryside will be narrower. It also means no relay stations will be needed. The Swedish energy company had put . . . Complete story »
Council chiefs are having second thoughts over a planned £7million windfarm in Bonhill due to the turbines being close to residents’ homes. The Lennox Herald has previously reported how West Dunbartonshire Council planned to build four turbines at Pappert. But now council officers have drawn up a second option, which would see them partnering up with firms Lomond Energy and Wind 2 to site them instead at Merkins in Dumbarton. If eventually approved, the energy created could bring in up . . . Complete story »
A decision to reject a Perthshire wind farm has been overturned at appeal. Last year, Perth and Kinross Council refused the 11 turbine wind farm near the existing Drumderg wind farm beside Alyth, on landscape and visual impact grounds. The company behind the project which, it claims, could create enough electricity to power 19,000 homes, appealed the decision and the Scottish Government reporter has found in its favour. Andrew Sikes determined the council had “acted in an unreasonable manner” and . . . Complete story »
A green energy trade body has warned Scottish floating wind farm projects are at risk unless the UK Government makes a “simple, minor change”. Under current rules, floating wind power developers will not qualify for subsidies unless their projects start generating electricity by October. Two proposed floating wind farms, one of which would be built off Caithness, are unlikely to be ready in time, leaving them without sufficient funding. RenewableUK has called for the UK Government to move the deadline . . . Complete story »
Electricity poles on the grid route for a new wind farm outside Brookeborough were vandalised in the same month that the wind farm released £50,000 into the local community. The company behind the Teiges Mountain Wind Farm project has reported the incident to police. Speaking to The Impartial Reporter this week, a spokesman for Energia said: “Regrettably, NIE Networks advised us that a number of electric poles on the grid route have recently been vandalised. In line with company policy, . . . Complete story »