Wind Power News: U.K.
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Scotland faces difficult and costly decisions when it comes to securing its future energy supply amid ongoing efforts to fight climate change, a new report has found. The Royal Society of Edinburgh said there is “no silver bullet” that will create jobs and keep costs down while limiting the impact on the environment. It comes as the sector prepares for the closure of Scotland’s two remaining nuclear power stations, Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in Dunbar, by 2030. . . . Complete story »
The giant Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm project has announced it has received consent from the Scottish Government to reduce the number of turbines at the site. The new design will see the the number of turbines cut from the originally consented 110 turbines to 72. Fewer turbines at the site will be a result of the project using taller, higher capacity structures. It is expected to bring at least £558m and 858 jobs over the course of the project. . . . Complete story »
Developers have shelved plans for a hugely unpopular windfarm in rural Perthshire. After a rollercoaster planning wrangle that lasted five years, ABO Wind has announced it will halt work on its 11-turbine Green Burn project between Alyth and Bridge of Cally. More than 150 residents and groups objected to the scheme which would have seen turbines bigger than Big Ben installed next to the existing 16-mast Drumberg site. The plan was rejected by councillors in March 2017, amid claims the . . . Complete story »
A giant Moray Firth wind project has been given the go-ahead by authorities, with the project boss calling it “major hurdle” to overcome. The 100-turbine Moray West Offshore Wind Farm was given marine consent by the Scottish Government yesterday afternoon. The Moray West project is the sister site for the huge Moray East Offshore Wind farm that began construction last month. The project completing all the permissions necessary for the development to compete in the upcoming UK government Contracts for . . . Complete story »
Plans are on the table for a windfarm near Melvich. Airvolution Clean Energy is proposing a development two kilometres south east of the village, although a planning application has yet to be submitted. The firm intends to hold a community engagement event at the village hall at the end of the month. Airvolution will explain its ideas around shared ownership, local construction and the fund legacy that could see £245,000 each year being available to the community, after construction. The . . . Complete story »
Only a handful of people were at Whiteness and Weisdale hall at a morning exhibition by Viking Energy where three large construction compounds that will shortly be going for planning permission were outlined. The largest of these, on the east side of the A970, near Sand Water, will cover an area of around six hectares. When construction is concluded in 2024, it is planned to reinstate this compound, plus the other two at the Scar Quilse, south of Voe, and . . . Complete story »
The renewable energy industry ran into further resistance in Derry and Strabane when permission for another wind farm was knocked back by the Council’s Planning Committee. RES’s bid to erect five new turbines at Meenamullan in Killeter was recommended for refusal by planning officers. It was, they declared, contrary to planning policy because, if approved, it would have an “unacceptable adverse impact on the visual amenity and landscape character of the area through the number, scale, size and siting of . . . Complete story »
ScottishPower Renewables is set to build the biggest battery in the UK for use on a wind farm based in Scotland. Iberdrola, ScottishPower Renewables parent company, has revealed it received approval to begin construction on a 50 megawatt (MW) lithium-ion battery storage unit at the 539MW Whitelees wind onshore wind development. The project was given the green-light by Scottish Government officials today to start the construction, with the battery due for operational use by 2020. Keith Anderson, Scottish Power chief . . . Complete story »
Councillor slams Inverclyde firm set to build a £36m windfarm – after they sold up to an international energy developer
A councillor has hit out at an Inverclyde firm set to build a £36m windfarm after they sold up to an international energy developer – just as the project begins. BayWa r.e. has bought Inverclyde windfarm outfit Forsa Energy, which had merged with 2020 Renewables back in 2012. Councillor David Wilson claims 2020 Renewables had bolstered its controversial application to build eight huge turbines in the above Greenock at Corlic Hill by stressing that it was a local company. He . . . Complete story »
A would-be wind farm developer has dropped provisional proposals for six turbines almost 200m tall next to Stobs Camp, near Hawick. ABEI Energy was considering putting forward plans to erect turbines 191m high to the tips of their 63m blades on land alongside the former military camp. The Spanish company has now abandoned those speculative proposals for a site to be called Dodburn wind farm as it is fearful of opposition from residents. Philip Kerr, chairman of Southdean Community Council, . . . Complete story »