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.
Crown Estate Scotland (CES) has unveiled proposals to lease seabed to encourage a new generation of offshore wind projects in Scotland’s waters. The paper, published today, outlines the draft process and asks those interested to give feedback to help shape the final approach. Projects will have to be sited in areas identified in Marine Scotland’s forthcoming Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind. There are two offshore wind projects operating (Statoil’s Hywind Scotland scheme off Peterhead and Robin Rigg in the . . . Complete story »
A wildcat group is concerned about the impact of tree felling on the population of the animals in Clashindarroch Forest in Aberdeenshire. Wildcat Haven, which has footage of a large cat in the forest, claims the Forestry Commission is carrying out “extensive commercial exploitation”. It also fears plans for two large wind farms will threaten the wildcats. Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) said the management of forests created a very good environment for wildcats. FES is an agency of the Forestry . . . Complete story »
Fears have been raised that without immediate action from the Scottish Government, the tiny population of wildcats in the region – some of the last in Scotland – could be lost forever to make way for windfarms and toilet paper production. Complete story »
The Mid Ulster District Council has said its decision to refuse planning permission for a wind farm in the Sperrins while approving a second near Fivemiletown, demonstrates its ‘balanced’ approach to such projects. The decision to refuse eight wind turbines next to Davagh Forest came during the same meeting on Tuesday night which approved seven turbines on Murley Mountain near Fivemiletown. The proposal, centred around The Stanley Bell and Sons Ltd Quarry between Lissan and Broughderg, attracted a huge public . . . Complete story »
Plans for a major wind farm in the Lowther Hills have been scaled back. Developers said they hoped it would address concerns about the visibility of turbines from certain viewpoints. The North Lowther Energy Initiative would now see 30 turbines – rather than 35 – built on a site east of Sanquhar and north west of Wanlockhead. Another round of consultation on the scheme will take place before the Scottish government has the final say on the project. The development . . . Complete story »
Regarding the article “Powerful case for UK to get on board with onshore windfarms”, (Business leader), before onshore wind farms are so enthusiastically encouraged by the Welsh government and others, several matters need to be addressed: having moved larger turbines from hills to the settled lowlands, developers need better advice on scale and siting, with a restraint on their urge for the largest turbines; the public need to see tighter controls set over adverse impacts and we need timely enforcement . . . Complete story »
What a disgrace, once again the Highlands are being humiliated. The multinationals of the wind industry must think the folk of Lewis and Stornoway are utter fools. To subject our much-needed tourists and our incomparably beautiful Hebrides to over 90 of these 656ft “super” turbines that would dominate the landscape for miles around is simply not acceptable. Why should island folk have to suffer giant turbines that should be offshore? The farcical industry claims that larger turbines are more “efficient” . . . Complete story »
A wave of outrage has met the news that energy giant EDF, through partner ‘Lewis Wind Power’, is considering increasing the size of its turbines to be located in Lewis. The turbines would be up to 200 metres tall – far higher than the original proposals which have planning consent for turbines up to 150 metres – the 200m turbines would dwarf any other structures that exist on land in Scotland. Currently EDF, as part of ‘Lewis Wind Power’ with . . . Complete story »
Mid Ulster District Council’s Planning Committee has turned down a controversial plan for the construction of eight wind turbines near Cookstown. There were more than 1,500 objections to the application for the erection of the 126m high turbines and associated works on a site just off Ballynagilly Road, Lissan. The council said the proposed development, partly located in the Sperrins Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, was “refused on the grounds of its unacceptable impact on neighbouring residents, on the visual . . . Complete story »
An application to build a giant wind turbine near Crumlin has been delayed after developers missed a crucial site visit by planners. A “miscommunication” was blamed for the company behind the scheme failing to show. Proposals for a 113 metre high wind turbine and associated works at the Durisol UK facility, close to the Pen-y-Fan Country Park, were before the authority’s planning committee on Wednesday, April 18. The committee heard that although a large number of residents, who have objected . . . Complete story »