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 government inspector will decide whether plans for a wind turbine “twice the height of Chester Cathedral” should go ahead. Nant Y Ffrith Wind Energy Ltd has lodged an appeal over plans to build a 77-metre wind turbine at Mount Farm, Ffrith. The highly controversial plan was thrown out by Flintshire Council’s planning committee in October last year over flight safety fears. But the applicant claims Hawarden Airport, which lodged objections to the proposal, “greatly exaggerated” the risks. In documents . . .
A windfarm planned for hills near Loch Ness that prompted the Highland Council leader to declare “enough is enough” has been approved by the Scottish Government. The local authority had made a series of attempts to block Aberarder, at Strathnairn. A government appointed reporter who considered the council’s rejection has convinced ministers of its merits. Developers RES are celebrating the go-ahead for the 12-turbine scheme proposed for the site southwest of Inverness. Glasgow-based RES claims the development, on Aberarder Estate . . .
Proposals for a ten-turbine wind farm on a former airfield have been rejected because of the potential impact on the landscape and nearby heritage. South Kesteven District Council has turned down plans by Energie Kontor for a wind farm on the former Fulbeck Airfield. The proposal would have seen ten 110m turbines constructed on the former airfield two miles away from Temple Hill where a similar application for five turbines was refused permission in 2015. Mr Paul Miley, of campaign . . .
The Renewable Energy Directive is thought to be among of raft of EU policies set for the post-Brexit bonfire of Brussels diktats, Government insiders have suggested. The directive sets targets for each EU member state for the production and promotion of energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind. Britain’s current target is to generate 15 per cent of all energy from renewable sources by 2020 – a figure it is likely to miss, resulting in fines. Critics say . . .
Before deciding on a plan to transmit wind energy via interconnectors from the islands to the mainline UK ministers should consider the following: Where is the funding going to come from for the connector and grid improvement, particularly as the Scottish Government has already recklessly spent a disproportionately large chunk of the consumer-funded UK renewables money pot? Engineers justifiably question how grid stability due to the significant increase in intermittent generation and transmission losses over large distances are to be . . .
The campaign group opposed to the controversial Viking Energy windfarm plans to object to fresh plans for a 21-turbine project on the outskirts of Lerwick. Peel Energy made the announcement last week which could see turbines measuring up to 145 metres appearing near the town and nearby areas under the Mossy Hill windfarm scheme. However, members of Sustainable Shetland, which has stood in strong opposition to the 103-turbine Viking Energy project, are taking issue with the latest proposed scheme. Vice-chairman . . .
A windfarm which would have been seen from Scotland’s best-preserved Roman fort has been rejected. The application for nine turbines near Greenacres by Braco angered councillors as a smaller development in the same area had been refused by them in the past, a decision upheld on appeal. “I am appalled that another application has been brought forward for this site,” said Councillor Tom Gray, convener of the council’s development management committee. Seconding his move for refusal Councillor Murray Lyle said . . .
A new wind farm proposed near Braco would have looked like a “bike crash” when viewed alongside others if it had been approved, according to one councillor. Council officers had already recommended the scheme, most recently known as Strathallan Wind Farm, be refused ahead of local councillor Tom Gray expressing his opinion about the proposal at a meeting on Wednesday this week. Perth and Kinross Council’s development management committee heard that planners had received 419 letters objecting to the nine . . .
A group protecting rural Wales has welcomed an apparent U-turn on controversial Local Development Plans (LDP) for vast areas of solar and wind energy in Powys. Earlier this year, new LDP plans released by Powys County Council (PCC) showed large areas would be open to renewable energy, with the council claiming it was a requirement of the Welsh Government. This was denied by the Government, and more work was required by Powys. The work has included considerations, such as: The . . .
Two separate applications to erect 45 metre tall wind turbines on Creevagh Hill above Derry have been shot down by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee on the grounds that they would blight the countryside and cityscape. Farmer Mr. J. Middleton applied for permission to erect a large turbine on the eastern slopes of Creevagh Hill 140 metres North West of 12 Heather Road on farmland behind Creggan. His near neighbour, Mr. G. Foster, lodged a similar bid . . .