Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
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A small, cat-like mammal is still threatening to block the development of the Mt Emerald Wind Farm proposed for the Tableland. The Federal Government has stopped the clock on the assessment of the $340 million project at Walkamin, despite the developers receiving State approval on Friday. The wind farm, a joint venture between Ratch Australia and Port Bajool, includes up to 63 turbines which could generate enough electricity to power 75,000 homes each year. A Department of Environment spokesman said . . .
Developers behind a wind turbine proposal in north Norfolk have withdrawn a bid to build an 86m structure. An application for a smaller 66m turbine was turned down by planners at North Norfolk District Council last month, and developers are considering an appeal. But a planning inquiry for the larger turbine, which had been subject to a long-running legal battle going as far as the High Court, had been planned for July. However David Mack, of green-energy developers Genatec, said . . .
The Highlands and islands could soon be home to the same number of wind turbines as in the whole of England, it has emerged. Official figures show that there are 443 operational turbines in the region, about 38% of the 1,164 that are up and running in England. However, the addition of all the turbine schemes that are in the planning process, approved or under construction would take the north figure to 1,157. That is just seven short of the . . .
GASPEREAU – Gaspereau-area residents are voicing concerns over proposed new regulations for large-scale wind turbines in Kings County. “It seems council is hell bent on getting us wind turbines and I want to know why,” said one woman who attended an April 23 meeting in Gaspereau. About 100 people filled the Gaspereau hall for a meeting that discussed proposed regulations for future large-scale wind turbines in Kings County. A similar meeting was held in Halls Harbour the night before. The . . .
The number of wind turbines in Scotland has doubled over the past year, with nearly 5,000 set to be scattered across the country. New figures show 4,519 turbines have been approved, built or are under construction, despite green energy targets already being met. This is up from 2,315 turbines the previous year – and hundreds more are at the planning stage. Scotland now has more wind turbines than the rest of the UK put together, with the Highlands soon to . . .
Kildare County Council has voted to impose restrictions “within one month” on developing wind farms close to rural houses. The move pre-empts national planning guidelines for 500m “set back” distances between homes and wind turbines, as well as restrictions on noise and “light flicker”, which Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said are imminent. The decision to tighten up planning requirements in Co Kildare follows an application for 47 turbines with a blade-tip height up to 169m which is . . .
Neighbors from the Town of Dix and even some neighbors from surrounding towns met Monday to discuss the possibility of building wind turbines in the town. The board did not vote Monday on a final outcome. Board members decided there is still research to be done in order to make an educated decision. At the public hearing tonight, neighbors were able to ask questions and raise concerns about the potential consequences of building a wind farm. Some of the main . . .
Plans to build a 78 metre wind turbine close to a village church have been rejected by councillors. Developers had sought permission for the scheme at Manor Farm, Sculthorpe, on land close to the parish church. But members of North Norfolk District Council’s development committee followed officers’ recommendations to turn down the application during a meeting in Cromer on Thursday. Applicants Cranmer, on behalf of Ogden Renewable Energy, were proposing to link the turbine, which would have a 49 metre . . .
Wind turbines are allowed in some parts of Clarence but not all parts. Residents cheered the unanimous decision Monday night by the Clarence Zoning Board to deny a request by owners of Thompson Brothers Greenhouse, who wanted to put up a 133 foot wind turbine like this one that was allowed to go up on a more rural road in Clarence. The greenhouse is right across the road from a new patio home community whose residents wanted no part of . . .
An effort by opponents to stop a proposed Ohio wind farm, which includes a legally questionable maneuver to prevent property owners from granting variances, has the support of the state legislature’s most outspoken critic of renewable energy. Greenwich Windpark, one of the few wind energy projects moving forward in Ohio, was approved by the state Power Siting Board in August. However, opponents, along with state Sen. William Seitz, have requested a rehearing and want to apply stricter rules than those . . .