Wind Power News: U.K.
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People in West Tyrone faced a greater risk of suffering health complaints caused by the low-frequency noise (LFN) generated by wind farms, a leading expert on the human impacts of wind turbine noise has claimed. Dr Mariana Alves-Pereira, of the Lusofona University in Portugal, told a public meeting in Broughderg, near Greencastle, on Monday night that people should actually consider leaving the area – at least on a temporary basis – to avoid the potential long-term impacts wind farms could . . .
An energy firm’s bid to operate a Neilston wind turbine for an extra two years has highlighted concerns over noise. London & Cambridge Energy Limited had previously been given the green light to operate its Nether Carswell turbine until October 2036. However, the company has now applied to increase the duration of the temporary planning permission to October 2038. The matter was discussed at a recent meeting of Neilston Community Council, where it was suggested that no extensions for windfarm . . .
The outcome of controversial plans to build three huge wind turbines will be decided this week. FAB Energy Solutions wants to build the turbines measuring up to 100 metres in height on land south of New Barn Billington Road in Hapton. The proposed development lies on land to the south and south east of the existing Hameldon Hill Wind Farm, which has six wind turbines. Despite letters of objections from community leaders and households living nearby, planners have recommended the . . .
Energy company SSE has discovered problems with the concrete foundations of as many as 50 wind turbines in Ireland, according to a report. Planning documents filed in Northern Ireland reveal that remedial work needs to be carried out at an SSE wind farm in Tyrone to improve safety and stop further deterioration. “Regular site inspections have identified defects in the concrete that forms the foundations on all turbine bases,” the documents filed with Fermanagh and Omagh district council state. “While . . .
Plans for a floating windfarm demonstrator 3.7 miles off Dounreay in Caithness are in disarray after the developer’s collapse into administration. Dounreay Tri – the company formed by Sweden-based green-energy investor Hexicon for the project – applied for planning permission for the twin-turbine, 10 megawatt (MW) scheme last November. Highland councillors backed the plans in February and the Scottish Government followed suit in March. Melvich Community Council had objected to the scheme, saying the turbines would ruin the sea view . . .
Onshore windfarms could be built in the UK for the same cost as new gas power stations and would be nearly half as expensive as the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, according to a leading engineering consultant. Arup found that the technology has become so cheap that developers could deliver turbines for a guaranteed price of power so low that it would be effectively subsidy-free in terms of the impact on household energy bills. France’s EDF was awarded a contract . . .
Residents say they have been left feeling frustrated and excluded after a workshop that was intended to give an update on how plans for two of Norfolk’s largest wind farm projects would impact their village. Vattenfall hosted the invite-only workshop in Necton on Wednesday, July 19, to show four potential site options for an electrical substation and on the following day they held an open meeting to show the public the information they had gathered. The meetings took place one . . .
An England-based wind energy developer has successfully overturned a decision to refuse planning permission for three new turbines near Killeter. It comes just two months after Doreen Walker, a Jamaican national based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, successfully overturned a bid to erect five turbines in the Scraghey area near the Donegal border. The wind energy entrepreneur had spent more than a decade seeking planning permission for the Altgolan Wind Farm before it was eventually secured at the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) . . .
A low frequency noise boffin is speaking in Co Tyrone about the possible impact of wind turbines on people’s health. Professor Mariana Alves-Pereira is a specialist in biological responses to infrasound and low frequency noise. Her research in Portugal found that a family living near turbines had impaired brain function, while control of their breathing was also affected. Subsidies for green energy sources have seen Northern Ireland covered in wind turbines in the last decade. Professor Alves-Pereira said: “Our research . . .
Windfarm bosses have insisted that a multi-million pound windfarm off the coast of Caithness will be a boon in terms of jobs and money. They have failed, however, to convince a local economist who instantly accused them of exaggerating their claims. Scottish Southern Energy (SSE) and its partners insist the “social return” from the 84-turbine Beatrice project will mean significant job creation and a substantial injection of hard cash for local projects. Based on fresh analysis and economic modelling by . . .