[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Record number of wind farm projects rejected  

A record number of wind farm projects were refused planning permission in Britain last year, according to new figures seen by The Observer. The average amount of time taken to decide whether to approve a project – 24 months – is also at a record high. The figures will be published by the British Wind Energy Association later this month.

They point to a growing paralysis within the UK’s embryonic wind farm industry. Developers report that the Ministry of Defence, which complains that turbines interfere with its radar, has started blocking projects more actively. They also worry that the new planning bill will not help ease the logjam.

These difficulties, as well as soaring costs, seem to be putting developers off submitting new applications. Applications to build wind farms providing 1,000 megawatts of wind capacity – enough to power a city the size of Birmingham when the wind blows – were made last year. But this is less than half the size of proposals in 2006, and almost a third of what was put forward in the previous two years.

Also, plans for Britain’s biggest onshore wind project – developed by British Energy and Amec – will suffer a blow this week with the publication of a report criticising the validity of the project’s environmental impact assessment study.

Claims by British Energy and Amec that 181 turbines built on protected peatland on the island of Lewis off the Scottish west coast are environmentally safe assume a best-case scenario ‘rather than the reality’, according to academics at the University of Greenwich.

But Dave Hodkinson, director of joint-venture Lewis Wind Power, insisted that the independent ornithological consultancies it commissioned had found no objections to the 651mw project.

Tim Webb and Nick Mathiason

The Observer

24 February 2008

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.