Wind Power News: U.K.
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Graham Lang, of campaign group Scotland Against Spin, said: “It’s pretty short-sighted. There is a carrot dangled in front of communities. The first thing that a wind-farm developer does is say ‘Look guys, we will get this wind farm that we need and you will get something out of it too’. “It’s thousands of pounds and people prick up their ears and think it’s fine. But the people that are benefiting are very seldom – or never – the people that are worst affected. “If you have a house on the edge of the area where a wind farm is, you will have 25 years of looking at this thing. Your house will be devalued, your health might be affected, you can’t sleep at night for the noise and you don’t receive any compensation for that. “It’s an uneven playing field. We realise that good things are done with the funds – there’s no doubt about that – but there’s a large section of the population who are the worst affected who don’t benefit at all.” Complete story »
Storm Callum has smashed a wind turbine into pieces sending bits of it crashing into a field where it “traumatised” a couple’s prize-winning horses. Janet Nicholls said bits of fibreglass and a huge blade from the machine came crashing down into the field where five of her and her husband David’s nine horses were grazing. The collapse was part of mass devastation across Cornwall after forecasters sent out warnings that Callum would bring a danger to life. There were also . . . Complete story »
Scottish Government reporter Robert Seaton yesterday oversaw an inspection of the site of what would be the highest wind farm in Caithness. E.ON is seeking the green light to put up 19 turbines on cleared forestry ground at Golticlay, a couple of miles north of Lybster. They would stand 427ft from the ground to the tip of their blades, which is 33ft taller than any of the existing 125 turbines in the county or the 63 which are under construction . . . Complete story »
The Aberdeenshire branch of the Green Party has joined those opposed to the Glendye Windafrm development, near Banchory, in the north-east of Scotland. The group is backing the Save Clachnaben campaign, a protest group canvasing to stop the construction of the Glendye development. Concerned about the project’s effect on the natural environment, the Glendye Windfarm Opposition group claim many local sights and landmarks are “under threat”. The group added that the damage that would be caused by building the windfarm . . . Complete story »
Objectors condemn ‘ring of steel’ they claim would surround them if onshore wind farm erected in east Caithness
Objectors yesterday lined up to condemn the “ring of steel” they claimed would surround them if permission was given to erect a new onshore wind farm in east Caithness. Lybster resident Nigel Shelton was among those who oppose E.ON’s scheme to put up 19 turbines at Golticlay, just over two miles north of the village. With the machines standing at 425ft to the tip of their blades, they would be among the tallest in the north Highlands. The energy giant . . . Complete story »
A Co. Derry anti-windfarm campaigner has called on legislators to revisit the laws regarding the development of turbines to prevent the saturation of the North West with the renewable energy generators. Mr. Ken Francis, of the Slaughtmanus Community Conservation Group, is among a number of residents campaigning against the RES Group’s Barr Cregg Wind Farm, which they are opposing on a number of grounds. Speaking to the ‘Journal’, he called on politicians to look again at the legislation regulating wind . . . Complete story »
Traffic came to a standstill in Nairn yesterday after a lorry carrying turbine parts broke down in the centre of town. The vehicle, owned by Collett and Sons Ltd, was heading through Nairn as part of a convoy delivering turbine components to Dorenell wind farm when it broke down on its approach to the central roundabout around 10.30am. The cab and trailer, carrying a base component for one of the site’s 59 turbines, blocked one lane for more than an . . . Complete story »
A council is being recommended to table an objection to revised proposals for a major wind farm in the Lowther Hills. The application is being considered directly by Scottish ministers because of the scale of the development. A report to Dumfries and Galloway Council said the scaled-back scheme had addressed some concerns about visual impact but others remained. It is being advised to raise an objection to the plans for 30 turbines in southern Scotland. The report claimed they would . . . Complete story »
Opponents of a proposed north-east windfarm claim it ignores local guidelines on large-scale energy developments. The Banchory-based Glendye Windfarm Opposition Group, which has 40 members, said the Glendye onshore wind development “ignores” key recommendations from the council’s local development plan. Last week, developers Coriolis Energy and Irish utility ESB submitted a planning application to the Scottish Government for a 26 turbine project, with Aberdeenshire Council a “statutory consultee” in the process. Sam Wylde, community councillor and spokeswoman for the Glendye . . . Complete story »
A keen fisherman is angry he has been blocked from mooring up at Grimsby fish docks to keep a family tradition alive. Paul White, 52 and his late father Raymond used to provide boat trips for fishermen. But he said the authorities which operate the dock have blocked him in favour of firms pioneering Grimsby-based wind turbine industries. Paul, a qualified boatman, used to provide trips for anglers and divers in 80ft boats. One of them was “The Impulsive.” He . . . Complete story »