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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.

July 11, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm campaigners claim pipeline victory

The landowners who have been camping on the roadside to halt a power pipeline which they claimed had been laid on their land were celebrating with supporters after contractors moved their installation last week. Joe Franz and Diana Kuehnal of Carrigdangan, Kilmichael, Macroom spent over six weeks camping next to a cable laying joint bay – which they say should never have been dug on their side of the road – to prevent cables from being connected for a wind . . . Complete story »

July 10, 2020 • Letters, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm not the solution for energy needs

I am delighted that the Pembroke Dock Marine Project £60 million investment has been given the green light regarding marine power generation – it beggars belief that we have not developed predictable tidal and ocean current energy for the generation of electricity – it makes fundamental sense as the UK is an island that has the second highest tidal range on the planet in the Bristol Channel – I have been writing about marine energy for over 10 years and . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm plan opposition grows

Revised plans for the controversial windfarm in Ballyhorgan, Finuge, are expected to draw even greater opposition than six years ago when the initial application attracted the largest amount of objections ever received by Kerry County Council on a single file. 269 separate submissions were lodged on the file in 2014 as the majority of the locality of the low-lying community set out a broad range of concerns over everything from the visual impact of the massive turbines – at 156m . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Push to have Westmeath loosen wind energy rules

A push has come from a number of quarters to have Westmeath County Council broaden its policy on wind energy in the new County Development plan. A number of submissions made during the public consultation on the plan are critical of the Westmeath policy objective, CPO 10.132, which requires that there be minimum setback of 500 metres to 2000 metres – depending on turbine height – between turbines and homes. The council is also being asked to explain why out . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Granard residents concerned by size of proposed turbine

A proposal to erect an industrial turbine, potentially taller than the Spire in Dublin, close to the town of Granard, Co Longford, is “causing concern” for local residents. The proposed wind turbine at Kiernan Milling (for a maximum height of 169m) is designed to supply power for the existing milling business. Granardkille Local Residents Group, who have formally objected to the plans, say there was no public consultation with local house owners prior to lodging the planning application with Longford . . . Complete story »

July 7, 2020 • SpainPrint storyE-mail story

Outrage over plans for 110km of power lines ‘threatening countryside and wildlife’ in Spain’s Andalucia

An online petition has been launched to help save an area of outstanding natural beauty near Granada in Spain’s Andalucia. This time however it is not a hotel or a golf course, but 110 kilometres of high voltage power lines, wind turbines and a large solar energy plant. The petition, launched on Change.org was set up by Maria Lena Montserrat Saul, a resident of Cuevas del Campo and an environmental activist. Saul is pushing to put a halt to the . . . Complete story »

July 7, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

New Cumbria offshore wind farm plan ‘highly controversial’

A new wind farm off the West Cumbrian coast would be “highly controversial”, councillors have warned. An area between Maryport and Sellafield has been identified as one of five potential sites for offshore developments. Copeland Council’s nuclear and energy board member Sam Pollen said it was “vital” the authority decided what position it should take on the matter. “It’s a highly controversial project to say the least,” he said. Opinion would be divided but “many people would rather have a . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Millions generated for energy firms when Highland turbines stop spinning

The Highlands’ abundance of wind is generating eye-watering sums for wind farm operators – when they switch-off their turbines. So-called ‘constraint payments’ are made to energy firms when the national grid can’t cope with the amount of power their sites are generating. The payments often far exceed the payment from renewable energy subsidies and have been significant in parts of the north. The constraint scheme started in 2010, and since then, Sutherland wind has generated £63.5 million in constraint payments . . . Complete story »

July 4, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners concerned community benefits colour decision on wind farms

Caithness anti-wind farm campaigners have written to Highland Council’s legal department to challenge what they see as a breach of government guidelines in the authority’s planning process. Brenda Herrick of Caithness Windfarm Information Forum (Cwif) believes councillors and planners give too much credence to comments in support of wind farm applications that highlight the financial community benefit involved, often running to six figures. Cwif cites the Scottish Government’s good practice principles for community benefit from onshore renewable energy developments, which . . . Complete story »

July 4, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Ministers reject bid to expand 48-turbine wind farm near Lauder by quarter

A bid to extend the lifespan of the Fallago Rig wind farm by five years has been given the thumbs-up by Scottish ministers, however. Energy firm EDF Renewables had wanted to add an extra 12 turbines up to 127m tall to the 48 operational there for the last seven years to increase its potential power output from 144 megawatts to 185. Its application has been rejected, though, as ministers have upheld planning reporter David Russell’s conclusion that increasing the number . . . Complete story »

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