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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

April 16, 2019 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Watson wind farm stopped – for now

The controversial decision to grant environmental authorisation for the Watson family’s massive wind farm project on the summit of the Groot Winterhoek mountains near Uitenhage has been overturned – at least temporarily. On Monday Acting Environmental Affairs Minister Lindiwe Zulu upheld five appeals against the 187.2MW, 47-turbine Inyanda-Roodeplaat wind farm. She sent the decision back to her department for further consultation and re-evaluation – but this time with the help of independent review specialists. Zulu, who is Minister of Small . . . Complete story »

April 10, 2019 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

South Africa: Feathers fly over Watson wind farm plan

The Department of Environmental Affairs has given the go-ahead to a wind farm project that the Watson family wants to build in the Eastern Cape, before assessing strong differences of opinion from scientists worried about the threat to bird life. The topic came up at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture when evidence leader Advocate Paul Pretorius SC was questioning Angelo Agrizzi. Agrizzi is the former chief operating officer of the Bosasa group of companies controlled by Gavin . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2019 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Focus on effect of wind farms on wildlife

While wind farms have in general been welcomed, they have also been socially and environmentally controversial, with eco-concerns often linked to SA’s rich biodiversity and vulnerable bird and bat species. With new research revealing a potentially much more damaging effect than was previously understood, the impact of development on wildlife has been highlighted in a report coauthored by a scientist attached to a Nelson Mandela University research unit. The report by Peter Law and Mark Fuller has been published on . . . Complete story »

September 8, 2018 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Storm brews over R2.5bn wind project initiative

A massive R2,5bn wind turbine farm planned for the Haga-Haga, Morgan Bay and Kei Mouth coastal area is expected to create 300 jobs in construction and 50 permanent jobs later. But the bigger impact will be that a large amount of clean energy – 150Mw – will be generated in the area will be good for economic development, according to social impact assessment researcher Kerryn Desai. Some tourism operators in the area have supported the project, but are opposing it . . . Complete story »

April 15, 2018 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Cape vulture flies into trouble again

A tagged vulture was found with a maggot-infested wing in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday – a year after being electrocuted by a transmission line. The Cape Vulture is facing a decline in population numbers and dozens of the birds are killed on transmission lines wind turbines. Kerri Wolter‚ CEO of the conservation organisation‚ VulPro‚ said that about 73 vultures were injured every year and the number was increasing. “About 90% of those injured vultures are from power line collisions. . . . Complete story »

February 27, 2018 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

New threat to vultures

The resurrection of a controversial proposed wind power project in the Lesotho Highlands could wipe out the critically-endangered Bearded vulture and endangered Cape vulture. This is the fear of BirdLife SA, which warns that likely collisions with the blades of around 40 large wind turbines at the planned site near Leteng-La-Terae could push the region’s iconic Bearded vulture population to extinction. Situated to the west of the Maloti Drakensberg Transboundary World Heritage Site, it sits in the heart of vital . . . Complete story »

December 17, 2017 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms can be deadly

Johannesburg – The monumental wind turbines sprouting up across South Africa’s landscape are cutting down rare and endangered bird species that have to run the gauntlet of kilometres of airspace filled with deadly, moving blades. Large swaths of country covered in turbines, such as in the Jeffreys Bay area in the Eastern Cape, are a result of rapid wind energy development since 2011 as part of government’s renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme. So far, this has resulted in . . . Complete story »

October 5, 2017 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

South Africa: Eskom explains wind turbine video

Eskom has clarified misconceptions created by a video clip on social media depicting the decommissioning of one of three wind turbines at the Klipheuwel demonstration plant near Cape Town. The power utility on Wednesday set the record straight on the alleged ‘broken and falling’ turbine depicted on social media. “This is an acceptable method that can be employed for the disposal of a wind turbine structure that has reached the end of its economic life-cycle. The turbine in question was . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2017 • Opinions, South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed windfarm threat to conservancy

InnoWind (Pty) Ltd., the owners of Grahamstown’s wind farm have recently proposed an extension to the existing wind energy project with nine new turbines on the opposite side of Howison’s Poort to the existing installation. This came to light in a presentation recently made to the Makana Council by InnoWind’s Project Developer Daluvuyo Ntsebeza. The proposal plans six turbines along the mountain ridge to the south of Featherstone Kloof, on the Southern Commonage, and three more on Glenthorpe Farm. Key . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2017 • Letters, South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Untrue renewable points

Every point made by Dirk de Vos and Nicole Loser for renewable energy and against “base load power” is not only wrong but the inverse of the truth (Need for base load power is a pro-Eskom fabrication, February 24). Eskom’s “opposition to renewables” is because of the simple fact that the renewable electricity it is forced to buy is ruinously expensive and horribly unreliable. Eskom’s half-year report, ending September 30 2016, shows it is compelled to buy bad wind and solar . . . Complete story »

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