Wind Power News: Victories
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.
Despite submissions of support outnumbering objections, the planning committee of Scottish Borders Council has rejected plans for a seven-turbine wind farm at Gilston Farm, Heriot. Under the proposal from Gilston Hill Windfarm Ltd, each turbine on the 170-hectare site between the A68 and the A7 – just inside the regional border with Midlothian – would be 125 metres high and generate 3MW of electricity. But councillors heard recently that the bid had fallen foul of both Edinburgh Airport and its . . .
Objectors fearing the presence of more turbines in Highland Perthshire have welcomed a decision by the Scottish Government to reject a proposal for a controversial wind farm. Plans for Crossburns wind farm will now not go ahead after the planning reporter refused an application which could have seen 25 turbines with a maximum height of 115 metres and a total output of 75MW built on a site near Amulree. The developers, described on the supporting documentation as Crossburns Wind Farm . . .
The people who fought the plans for a wind farm in Clearview Township are holding a party to celebrate the end of the project. It’s a BYOB event, and those attending are invited to either fly or drive to the Collingwood Regional Airport, and share their stories about the battle over turbines. The event is on the 21st of October from 3-6 o’clock. The eight-turbine wind farm was first proposed in 2010, and a ruling earlier this year by the . . .
Last Thursday District Court Judge William Mott ruled in favor of blocking the development of Argyle Creek Wind Farm, a 14,000 acre wind farm built in northern Sumner County. Times-Sentinel Newspapers reported that the farm would have consisted of 60 to 65, 500 foot wind turbines. Invenergy LLC, had reached agreements to lease the land from various land owners in the area. On December 7, of last year the Sumner County Planning Commission voted 5-3 to deny a zoning change . . .
Plans for a wind farm on the same site in the Borders as a project previously rejected by the Scottish government have been refused by councillors. Gilston Hill Wind Farm Ltd wanted to put up seven turbines on land north west of Gilston Farm, near Heriot. A 16-turbine project in the same area – straddling the boundary with Midlothian – was turned down in 2013. Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee unanimously rejected the new plan due to landscape impact concerns. . . .
Plans for a controversial wind turbine in Flintshire have been rejected on appeal after concerns about aircraft safety. The turbine, standing at 77m (252ft), had been planned for Mount Farm in Ffrith. But Flintshire council rejected the plans last year due to the potential impact to planes on approach or leaving Hawarden Airport. An appeal by West Coast Energy Ltd has been dismissed by a planning inspector. A council report said the inspector “did not consider the renewable energy benefits” . . .
A Sumner County judge has blocked the development of a controversial wind farm northwest of Wellington, to the relief of many county residents. The company Invenergy received a conditional use permit and rezoning approval from the Sumner County Commission to put in their Argyle Creek Wind Project. They wanted to erect 60 wind turbines, which would have generated 150 megawatts of electricity once the wind farm was running by the end of 2018. An attorney for a group of landowners . . .
CLEARVIEW TWP. – Bats and aircrafts can fly without the threat of a collision with a wind turbine now that wpd Canada will not be building eight wind turbines near Collingwood Regional Airport. Wpd Canada decided not to appeal the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) ruling that its provincial renewable energy application (REA) permit be revoked. “Wpd’s board of directors has decided not to proceed with the Fairview project. Wpd won’t be making additional comments regarding its decision,” said Kevin Surette, manager . . .
A wind turbine company is walking away from plans to erect turbines in Clearview Township. WPD Canada has decided not to appeal a decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal to revoke the renewable energy approval (REA) for the Fairview Wind Project. The company had until Sept. 15 to appeal the decision of the ERT, which determined the project would have posed a risk of serious harm to human health because of the proximity of the proposed eight 500-foot-tall turbines to . . .
A big win for opponents of Giant wind turbines in Ontario. The appeal period has run out, and WPD Canada has decided it will NOT proceed with the Fairview Wind Project in Clearview township. Last month, approval for the wind turbines was revoked, but the company had until September 16th to file an appeal. The Environmental Review Tribunal revoked the previous Renewable Energy Approval, saying WPD Canada’s plans for 8 turbines just outside Stayner would pose serious harm to human . . .