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.
It is designed to offer a tangible link to communities that embrace the concept of the wind farm revolution. However, one tourism firm whose clients would sit and view the some of the largest turbines in Scotland on the prized skyline of the Scottish Borders, has warned the long-term impact on unspoilt beauty spots will outweigh the benefits offered to local people. Rob Armstrong is not opposed to green energy but claims a wind farm on the horizon beyond Hawick . . .
Noise issues during the night are continuing to plague residents in Fairlie from a test turbine site. The matter was raised on a Fairlie facebook page on Wednesday 1 February at 11.32pm when a resident asked if anyone ‘Can anyone else hear that noise like low rumbling machinery or a very big engine?’ Residents on the facebook site suggested that the noise was emanating from the Mitsubishi wind turbine at Hunterston, with one saying it was ‘driving me mad’. SSE . . .
A controversial application to erect massive turbines 447ft high in a scenic Highland glen will be decided by planning appeal inquiry. Campaigners against the 13-turbine wind farm in Glenurquhart were jubilant when Highland Council last year rejected the plan by Force 9 Energy and EDF at Cnoc an Eas in the glen, not far from Loch Ness. But their joy was short-lived when the developers lodged an appeal against the refusal of planning permission. Now Scottish Government planning reporter Timothy . . .
Community leaders in Longtown are frustrated about the lack of communication on how huge wind turbine blades will be transported through the town. They expressed their concerns about REG Windpower’s plans to bring the components and 46m-long blades through the centre of the town to the site a Hallburn, on the outskirts. Construction is anticipated to start in the spring with the delivery of the six turbines planned for September. The blades alone will be delivered in 18 loads. Due . . .
Hawick Community Council has become the latest organisation to declare opposition to the proposed Pines Burn wind farm near Bonchester Bridge. Members this week discussed the pros and cons of the application by Leeds-based Energiekontor UK to erect 12 turbines on the Harwood Estate and although split in opinion, they made a majority decision to object to the plans. Vice-chairman Cameron Knox presented an overview of the facts to members, emphasising the height and size of the development. He said: . . .
Fresh safety fears have been raised about Swansea’s first ever wind farm following a recent fatal aeroplane crash in Germany. Work on the £52 million Mynydd y Gwair scheme near Felindre to provide 16 turbines has started and is expected to last until near the end of next year. Now fresh concerns about air safety, including for the Wales Air Ambulance, have been raised in the light of the incident in Germany. Innogy Renewables UK, which is behind the scheme, . . .
A ‘decommissioning bond should be in place to restore Scout Moor Wind Farm to pre-wind farm conditions’, says the Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Forum (RMNF). The Scout Moor Wind Farm was erected in 2008 by Peel Energy. There are 26 turbines, with another 16 planned, which generate 65MW of electricity, and a further 16 turbines have been proposed in an expansion. Currently there is no requirement for onshore wind farm developers to put such a bond in place, meaning there is . . .
A village fears plans by a Swedish design and engineering company to install two giant floating wind turbines off the north Caithness coast will put off people moving to their area. Melvich Community Council says the turbines would ruin the sea view that many seek in moving to the area and could have the knock-on effect of threatening its school and care home even further. Hexicon AB has sought permission from the Scottish government, Highland Council and Orkney Islands Council . . .
Three turbines were recently erected at Dunsland Cross, Brandis Corner and local residents have not met them with open arms, writes Zoë Uglow. The original application, for three wind turbines of heights ranging between 95m to 100m to the tip, was made by ‘Bolsterstone Innovative Energy (Holsworthy) Ltd’. Planning permission was also sought for the associated infrastructure, which includes an access track, one switchgear and control building with transformers and grid connection infrastructure, underground cabling, turbine foundations, crane hardstandings, one . . .
It is now “almost impossible” to find a mountain from which a wind farm cannot be seen, according to a senior mountaineering figure. David Gibson, chief executive of Mountaineering Scotland, revealed his fears about the “onslaught” of onshore wind developments on the world-famous landscape of the Highlands. He said the representative body was supportive of renewable energy – but said forms of development are needed which protect the mountain landscape. Mr Gibson said: “Our members’ primary interest is in mountains . . .