Wind Power News: U.K.
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Scottish communities are becoming “overwhelmed” by applications for wind farms and feel increasingly powerless to fight against them, campaigners have warned. Many feel they are being surrounded by a “ring of steel” due to the number and giant scale of turbines being built around them. Scotland is already home to more than half of all operational wind turbines of over 100kw in the UK – 4,394 of the total 8,670. And there are thousands more being built or planned – . . . Complete story »
The turbines have yet to rise above Limekiln Forest but already the landscape has undergone a transformation. Chopped-down trees are stacked up neatly beside the newly created access road, a long and winding stony track slicing its way through peaty ground. A huge area is being levelled to accommodate a substation. At a nearby borrow pit, where once there were tall conifers there is now a deep, quarry-like gap underneath 30ft cliffs with a crane, a digger and two stone-crushing . . . Complete story »
Villagers fear 14 towering 200-metre high wind turbines would spoil their peaceful area. Energiekontor UK want to build the huge renewable energy machines on hills above Dailly along from the existing Hadyard Hill wind farm. The proposed Craiginmoddie turbines would be almost double the size of the Hadyard structures. Speaking on behalf of Dailly Community Council, Fiona De Faye said: “We are concerned about the general cumulative impact on the area and specifically the village. We already get noise from . . . Complete story »
An increase in the height of turbines planned for Limekiln wind farm would have a “massive impact” on Reay, it has been claimed. Jillian Bundy, chairperson of Caithness West Community Council, says the development will dominate the skyline for miles around – and warns that villagers will be “encircled by turbines” if all the proposed onshore and offshore developments in the area go ahead. Energy firms Infinergy and Boralex have consent for 21 turbines, at heights of 126 and 139 . . . Complete story »
The Danish wind power firm Ørsted has warned that up to 10 of its giant offshore windfarms around the UK and Europe will need urgent repairs because their subsea cables have been eroded by rocks on the seabed. The renewables firm, which is behind plans to build one of the world’s largest offshore windfarms off the coast of Grimsby, told investors it might need to spend up to DKK3bn (£350m) over the next two years to repair the cables. Ørsted . . . Complete story »
A fishing community says it has been bullied off fishing grounds by the multi-national energy company behind a wind farm off the Norfolk coast. North Norfolk fishermen say they are fearful for their future, after Ørsted, the Danish energy giant behind Hornsea Project Three took out a High Court injunction to prevent them from temporarily fishing in certain areas while it carried out surveys. The energy giant says it has always aimed to “work collaboratively with fishermen” held numerous discussions . . . Complete story »
New 200-metre-high wind turbines have been given the go-ahead, despite objections, after Scottish Ministers agreed it would take an impact of “overwhelming importance” to stop them. The new turbines in the Lammermuir Hills sparked concern from East Lothian Council after they included plans to put red aviation lights at the top. The local authority argued they would be as visible as the giant cranes at the St James Centre in Edinburgh city centre were across the county. And other objectors . . . Complete story »
The north coast of Sutherland is in danger of hosting an unprecedented “wall of turbines” if proposed wind farms are added to existing and approved ventures, a public local inquiry heard. The probe is into RWE Renewables UK’s planning application to build and operate 13 turbines eight kilometres south of Strathy. The Strathy Wood site lies between SSE’s 33 turbine development at Strathy North and its 39-turbine Strathy South scheme, which has approval. Among the objectors is Wildland, the nature . . . Complete story »
The Cairngorms National Park is in danger of becoming surrounded by a ring of steel, one of its planning committee members has warned. The park authority’s committee agreed not to object to two proposed wind farms at locations scores of miles apart – in the Monadhliaths and in Moray – at its latest meeting. But several members expressed their growing concerns over the number of wind farms either already in operation, being constructed or planned on close to the national . . . Complete story »
Campaigners have voiced objections to an extension to the inquiry into proposals for two new wind farms off the Suffolk coast – saying they have already emptied their bank accounts to fight the plans. Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), has agreed the examination of ScottishPower Renewables’ (SPR) application for the huge projects should be extended by three months. The company’s plans are for the East Anglia One North (EA1N) and East Anglia Two . . . Complete story »