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.
Councillors have rejected plans for a wind farm which the Mountaineering Council of Scotland said would form a “ring of steel” around a Galloway hill. They deferred a decision last month on Burcote Wind’s 10-turbine Longburn project near Carsphairn. The company had said the scheme would put about £2.5m into a community benefit fund over its operational life. However, planning officials had advised refusal due to the cumulative impact in the area. Dumfries and Galloway Council had been scheduled to . . .
The Environmental Review Tribunal has ruled to revoke the approval for a 500-foot-tall wind turbines in an area near the Collingwood Regional Airport. “This is a massive win,” said John Wiggins, who filed the original appeal against the Ministry of Environment’s decision to grant WPD Canada a renewable energy approval for the eight-turbine Fairview Wind project in March, 2016. In a decision released Aug. 16, Dirk Vanderbent and Hugh Wilkins, who oversaw the appeal and subsequent remedy hearing for Fairview . . .
In a statement, Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper expressed her relief with the decision. “We are extremely happy with the decision issued today,” said Cooper. “The town has long expressed concern with the proposed turbines, particularly over the safety of aircraft utilizing our regional airport, and we’re pleased to see that the Environmental Review Tribunal has agreed that this is a serious harm to human health.”
The Missouri Public Service Commission on Wednesday unanimously denied a second request by a Houston-based energy firm to build a high-voltage, wind-powered transmission line across northern parts of the state. Clean Line Energy Partners had filed its application seeking approval for construction of the line in August of 2016. The company has been proposing to build the 780-mile line in order to deliver power from wind turbines in southwest Kansas to electric customers in Eastern Seaboard states. Opponents had decried . . .
An Bord Pleanala has refused to grant permission for a windfarm in the Clonfert area. A ten year permission for the project was approved by county planners in October subject to 24 conditions. However, this was appealed to the higher planning authority which has decided to refuse permission on environmental grounds. The project was led by Frank O Domhnaill and Richard Bourns. It would have seen the provision of up to 5 wind turbines, new internal access roads and the . . .
The state wildlife board has refused permission to the Kshema Power and Infrastructure Company, Dewas, for setting up a windmill project at Sailana tehsil of Ratlam districtas it is likely to disturb the habitat of the highly endangered Lesser Florican, also known as Kharmor locally, in the Sailana Wildlife Sanctuary. For the proposed plant, the company had sought nine hectares of land falling under P-172 of the Ratlam forest circle. However, since the project fell within the eco-sensitive zone (10 . . .
Plans for a £30 million pound windfarm in north Cornwall have been blocked. The government says the scheme near Week St Mary would be “an alien presence”. Developers say our energy bills will ultimately go up, unless ministers support onshore turbines. Good Energy Generation Ltd first put in an application for Creddacott Farm back in 2014. That was rejected by Cornwall Council after a string of complaints from locals and parish councils. Now the Secretary of State has rejected an . . .
The residents of Clonroche are overjoyed that a proposed wind farm won’t be built in their area following legal wrangling. A spokesperson for Clonroche Against Wind Turbines said that a decision by Wexford County Council to refuse permission for the windfarm had been appealed to An Bord Pleanala who overturned the decision and granted permission. ‘In April 2017 An Bord Pleanala overturned Wexford County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a Windfarm on Ballinclay Hill, Clonroche. This came as . . .
Good Energy has lost its appeal to secure planning permission for a £30 million wind farm in north Cornwall. Plans were refused by Cornwall Council for an 11-wind turbine scheme on farmland at Week St Mary near Bude in 2014, and following an inquiry, the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, has upheld the original decision. Had the Big Field wind farm scheme gone ahead, it would have produced renewable energy to power . . .
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused an application for a wind farm in Cornwall after agreeing with an inspector that the scheme’s ‘extensive and weighty’ benefits would not outweigh harm to heritage assets and it would breach local planning policy. Good Energy Generation Ltd had its application for up to 11 turbines on land at Creddacott Farm, near the village of Week St Mary, rejected by Cornwall Council in 2014 and appealed the decision. The appeal was recovered by the . . .