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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

August 16, 2019 • England, U.K., WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Lightning strike and a wind farm fault triggered blackout

A lightning strike on a power line caused a massive blackout which caused travel chaos and affected more than one million people. A report commissioned by energy regulator Ofgem by the National Grid looked into why large parts of the country were plunged into darkness last Friday. An early investigation has shown that a lightening strike near the Little Barford gas fired power plant in Bedfordshire triggered a shut down shortly before 5pm last Friday. Moments later the Hornsea One . . . Complete story »

August 16, 2019 • England, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

National Grid blackout report expected to blame avoidable faults

National Grid’s first report into the causes of Britain’s biggest blackout in more than a decade is expected to blame a string of avoidable faults at electricity generators, networks and rail companies. On Friday the company, which is responsible for keeping the lights on, will submit an interim report to the energy regulator detailing the cause of the widespread chaos triggered by last week’s grid outage. The system operator will also face questions from the energy minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, who . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2019 • England, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Power cut: Gas plant and wind farm failures at same time plunge UK into darkness

Two faulty generators are to blame for a major power cut that caused travel mayhem and an electricity outage for almost a million people in England and Wales. One of the worst power cuts in Britain in years may have been caused by simultaneous failures at a gas-fired power plant in Bedfordshire and an offshore wind farm in East Yorkshire, according to experts. Energy watchdog Ofgem has demanded an urgent report from National Grid into how the failure happened as . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2019 • England, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Huge UK power cut caused by generator ‘failure’ at Hornsea wind farm

A major power cut caused chaos across the country after it is believed that a generator at an offshore wind farm in Hornsea failed to connect. Almost one million people across England and Wales experienced blackouts after there were issues with two generators, according to the National Grid Electricity System Operator. Professor Tim Green, co-director of the Energy Futures Laboratory believes one of the generators was at Hornsea with the other at Little Barford in Cambridgeshire. He said: “The first . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Kirkby windfarm firm wins appeal following public inquiry

A controversial windfarm has been given the green light following a public inquiry. In December 2017 South Lakeland District Council rejected Ventient Energy’s planning application to extend the lifespan of the Kirkby Moor windfarm. Ventient then appealed and in January this year a Planning Inspectorate public inquiry took place at the Coronation Hall in Ulverston. The planning inspectorate has now revealed the appeal has been successful and has overturned the council’s original decision. Campaigners against the windfarm have described the . . . Complete story »

July 13, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Fears over impact of planned 300ft wind turbines on children at new Hartlepool school

Children at a planned new free school for Hartlepool could suffer from proposed 300ft wind turbines in the same area, a councillor has claimed. Plans are pressing ahead to create a new free school for Hartlepool to cater for children with special needs. Land has been allocated on council-owned grazing land behind Golden Flatts Primary School. The new school will be for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs Councillor Leisa Smith said school would add . . . Complete story »

July 13, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Could windfarm projects cause Norfolk mussel population to die of stress?

New research has suggested that Norfolk’s famous mussel population could be at risk if precautions aren’t taken to limit noise from the creation of offshore wind farms. Marine scientists from Edinburgh’s Napier and Heriot Watt universities have discovered that the molluscs can detect changing sound levels in their environment. The research showed that increased levels of noise impacts the shellfish’s DNA, meaning it grows slower and spends more time filtering algae – making it more vulnerable to predators. And with . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for 300ft wind turbines in Hartlepool reignite long-running wind farm saga

Plans for three onshore wind turbines in Hartlepool measuring more than 300ft are expected to be submitted to planning bosses this summer – reigniting a long-running saga over wind farms in the town. Hartlepool-based green energy company Seneca Global Energy wants to build two turbines on land west of Brenda Road, south of Tata steel, and a single turbine on the Tofts Farm Industrial Estate, to the north of Tofts Road West. The company is preparing to apply to Hartlepool . . . Complete story »

June 28, 2019 • England, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Would wind turbine enthusiast like to see them in the Cuckmere Valley?

I am not a climate change denier. Like most people I want the air I inhale to be as pure as possible. But we are seeing a class of environmental fanatics gaining ground. I am not suggesting Kate Edmonds is in that category but I note she lives in picturesque Alfriston. Would her enthusiasm for wind farms Letters, June 21 extend to seeing the hills surrounding her in the Cuckmere Valley obliterated by them? As to the contention that over . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Opposition to the county plan

Teesdale’s county councillors are to oppose the County Durham Plan because they say local comments have been ignored. The plan is due to be approved by Durham County Council today (Wednesday). Wind turbines, a relief road for Barnard Castle and protecting old railway routes are chief among concerns highlighted by Teesdale’s Conservative county councillors. Cllr Richard Bell said: “We will be voting against the County Durham Plan, as overall the plan is too centred on Durham City, and comments made . . . Complete story »

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