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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.

October 11, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

‘Wind farms threat’ to key wildlife areas

Huge swathes of hillside and forestry across Mid Wales could be lost to wind farms, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales says. The Montgomery branch of the organisation warned today that the Welsh Government’s draft National Development Framework contains renewable energy plans to industrialise vast new areas of our countryside and says that worryingly there are more than five thousand acres of Mid Wales forest listed for sale with an option agreement for wind energy development. It is . . . Complete story »

October 9, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Anglesey will be like a “pin cushion” if wind turbines go ahead

Anglesey will be turned into a “giant pin cushion” if plans for monster turbines go ahead on the islands ay protesters. Fresh from its former campaign, the ‘Anglesey Says No to Pylons’ group is re-energising efforts to fight proposals for large scale wind and solar generation scheme. In its draft National Development Framework, a plan for how Wales will develop in the next 20 years, the Welsh Government has outlined 65 square miles of central Anglesey for the scheme. “Just . . . Complete story »

October 3, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Anger over new Anglesey wind farm proposals

Fears have been raised that wind and solar farms could “sprout up like mushrooms” on Anglesey if new planning measures are adopted. The Welsh Government is consulting on its draft National Development Framework which will set the national priorities, through the planning system, from 2020 to 2040. If adopted the proposed zones will be identified in over a dozen areas – including a 65 square mile area of central Anglesey for “large scale wind and solar energy generation.” According to . . . Complete story »

September 30, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

A new wind farm in Neath Port Talbot has been granted planning permission

A new wind farm in Neath Port Talbot has been granted planning permission. The development between the Afan and Llynfi Valleys will see 11 wind turbines installed, with a maximum blade height of 145m. Similar plans for the Foel Trawsnant site in Bryn – around 2km from Maesteg – gained planning approval in 2017 but were then amended, leading to the latest application which sees a reduction in the number of turbines from 13 to 11 but an increase in . . . Complete story »

September 26, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners ‘would fight’ more turbines off Wales coast

A campaigner against offshore wind turbines says plans to build more off the Welsh coast would be “diabolical”. It comes as the Crown Estate, which manages the sea bed around Wales, has made “bidding areas” available to the market, including one off north Wales. John Lawson-Reay, who chaired a campaign group against the £2bn Gwynt y Mor farm off Llandudno, said he would oppose any plans. Anglesey council said it would be keen to see offshore turbines. The Crown Estate . . . Complete story »

September 4, 2019 • Letters, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Welsh Government insists on wind farms

Should Labour win the forthcoming election they will subsidise onshore wind and build turbines across the country. The Welsh Government has insisted on this for more than 10 years. Its new National Development Framework prioritises huge swathes of land for new wind farms, including most of Anglesey. This is in addition to the massive areas allocated in Welsh planning legislation TAN8. The Conservative government stopped subsidising onshore wind because local communities did not want to be blighted by these developments; . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Have your say on new proposals that could see pylons and turbines across Mid Wales

The campaign group that has steadfastly opposed plans for pylons and wind farms across Mid Wales is calling on people to get involved in the latest consultations. MAP (Montgomeryshire Against Pylons) says it is “ready to fight Welsh Government’s plan to cover Mid-Wales in Pylons and Wind Farms”. The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on its 20-year vision for development in Wales – the National Development Framework. It contains proposals for new priority areas for large-scale wind and solar . . . Complete story »

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 12, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Massive wind farm plans released

Plans to cover hills to the west of Welshpool in wind turbines have been released by the Welsh Government, and there may not be much we can do it about it. The proposals (pictured) have been described as “potentially devastating” by local Assembly Member, Russell George, who has reacted strongly to the Draft National Development Framework, a new development plan which will set the direction for development in Wales from 2020 to 2040. It sets a strategy for addressing the . . . 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 »

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