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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.

December 10, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farm decision delayed amid concerns

A decision on whether to allow a huge wind farm off the Norfolk coast has been delayed amid a raft of concerns. The government was due to decide the Norfolk Vanguard wind farm by December 10. But the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now written to Norfolk Vanguard’s developer, Vattenfall, as well as Natural England and local councils, asking it to address issues ranging from traffic to the environment. The project calls for the cabling to make . . . Complete story »

December 9, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners push for pause on Suffolk’s ‘energy coast’

Campaigners and politicians have called on the Government to pause the expansion of the energy industry in Suffolk, which they fear will turn the countryside into an “industrial wasteland” and hit tourism. Groups from Suffolk and Norfolk met in Aldeburgh on Sunday when they agreed a unified stance against the “onslaught” of projects facing the region. The groups said they supported renewable energy but warned the lack of “joined up thinking” from Government and energy companies was threatening the landscape, . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Opposition to extending wind farm as far as Bognor Regis

Opposition to extending the Rampion Wind Farm as far as Bognor Regis has been voiced by a campaign group. Currently the wind farm, situated 13km off the coast between Worthing and Brighton, has 116 turbines which generate a maximum of 400 megawatts of energy – enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homes a year, equivalent to around half the homes in Sussex. Offshore construction began in early 2016 and the project was completed by April 2018. The website of the . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Rampion wind farm back online after month of repairs

A billion-pound wind farm has finally reopened after a technical fault took a month to repair. Rampion Wind Farm off the Sussex coast had been shut down since October 26 because of a problem with the power supply. The project, which generates enough electricity for 350,000 homes, is back online after repairs finished on Wednesday. But it will not be fully operational until the end of the month as each of the 116 turbines needs to be checked. A spokeswoman . . . Complete story »

December 3, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial plans for three giant wind turbines in Hapton have been branded as ‘vandalism of the countryside’

Controversial plans for three giant wind turbines have been branded as ‘vandalism of the countryside’. FAB Energy Solutions wants to erect the turbines measuring up to 100 metres in height on land south of New Barn Billington Road in Hapton. The proposed development lies on land to the south and south east of the existing Hameldon Hill Wind Farm, which has six wind turbines. Despite letters of objections from community leaders and households living nearby, planners will recommend the application . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Council votes against plans to support wind farms

A council has voted against supporting the creation of onshore wind farms after councillors described the turbines as “noisy” and a “threat to birds”. West Norfolk Council voted against a motion, proposed by deputy leader of the Labour group Jo Rust, which would have seen the council back the Local Electricity Bill. The motion, put before a meeting of the full council at the town hall on Thursday, November 28, stated: “Councils can play a central role in creating sustainable . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2019 • England, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

New Judgment: R (Wright) v Resilient Energy Severndale Ltd and Forest of Dean District Council [2019] UKSC 53

On appeal from: [2017] EWCA Civ 2102 The case concerns a challenge by way of judicial review by the respondent, to the grant of planning permission by the second appellant to the first appellant for the change of use of land at a farm in Gloucestershire from agriculture to the erection of a wind turbine. In its application for planning permission, the appellant proposed that the turbine would be built and run by a community benefit society and that an . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Faulty Rampion offshore wind farm set for expansion

A £1bn offshore wind farm which has been out of action for more than three weeks could be expanded. The Rampion project, off the Sussex Coast, has been dormant since 26 October due to a fault in an electrical distribution system. A spokesperson for Rampion confirmed an “area of search” next to the existing site is “potentially suitable”. The wind farm, situated between Brighton and Worthing, could be extended as far west as Bognor Regis. In August the Crown Estate . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Rampion Wind Farm could triple in length: this is why

The Rampion wind farm could be tripled in length, according to online maps. The website of the Crown Estate – a collection of land belonging to the monarch, including the seabed around England – suggested the Rampion wind farm could be two-thirds longer than it is currently on the western side. Currently, the wind farm has 116 turbines which generate a maximum of 400 megawatts of energy – enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homes a year, equivalent to around . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans outlined for Rampion wind farm extension in Sussex

A wind farm could more than double in size if plans go ahead. Energy company Rampion has applied to extend its wind farm off the Sussex coast westwards towards Bognor. If the proposal is carried out in full, the wind farm could stretch as much as 16 miles across the sea. The existing £1.3 billion wind farm generates enough electricity to power 350,000 homes. Hundreds of thousands more could be powered with wind energy if an extension is approved. A . . . Complete story »

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