Wind Power News: Europe
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
A multi-million pound windfarm development has been halted in its tracks by Law Lords after people living nearby complained the work was polluting the water supplies to their homes. Scotland’s top civil court has rejected an appeal by England-based developer Community Windpower to push ahead with a 15-turbine development on Sneddon Law, East Ayrshire, after it was blocked by council planning officials. In what is thought to be a first for Scotland, the local authority ordered the company to stop . . .
Port Fairy’s Maria Cameron has taken the fight to stop a wind farm being built on the final resting place of thousands of Australian Diggers in France to the heart of the battlefields. An outspoken critic of the project, the military researcher has been in demand by French media, notching up six interviews since arriving on the World War I Bullecourt battlefields this week. Her visit follows an on-site meeting last Friday by Australia’s Ambassador to France, Brendan Berne, with . . .
Councillors will cast an eye over the site of a controversial wind turbine project near a north-east village. Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s local review body are taking part in an unaccompanied visit to Crimond Camp tomorrow morning. The local authority rejected plans to build the 261ft structure earlier this year. An appeal was lodged with the Scottish Government, but Inverurie-based energy firm, Farm Energy were told government reporters had “no remit” to begin a review. A fresh appeal against the . . .
Hopes of a jobs boom at a Highland port have been put on hold after the company behind a £250million floating windfarm off Stonehaven announced it is changing its plans for the project. Construction of concrete bases for the eight-turbine, 50megawatt (MW), Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited (KOWL) development had been due to start at Kishorn, in Wester Ross, this summer, but stalled after its Spanish backer said it had “encountered difficulties with an important element of its supply chain.” Yesterday . . .
Increasing wind energy is not the answer to decreasing the country’s carbon emissions, according to campaign group Wind Aware. The national group, comprised of about 50 local community groups opposed to wind farms, released a report yesterday claiming that the deployment of wind energy is only reducing carbon dioxide emissions by less than 5pc. The ‘Costs of Wind Energy in Ireland‘ report claims this is despite a 2007 white paper on energy in which the Government pledged that a third . . .
It should not have been left to this voluntary group to raise these vital policy questions. Total greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland are only a little ahead of 1990 levels, despite population growth and economic expansion in the interim, but they can be further contained. The European Union countries have been to the fore worldwide in addressing the imperative of emission reduction and Ireland should certainly seek further opportunities to cut emissions. But Irish policy has become excessively reliant on . . .
Ireland as a nation suffered three significant setbacks in the past two days, at least one of them self-inflicted. Our soccer team succumbed to the Danes on Tuesday night, and yesterday we lost out to France to host the Rugby World Cup. In those cases at least we put up a fight, but we have scored a major own goal on the environment, being ranked the worst performer in Europe for tacking climate change. It is all a long way . . .
A wind farm plan near Davagh Forest has been rejected by councillors, who in the same week, took a major step closer to realising a major new ‘dark sky observatory’ in the forest. Permission was refused for the five 126.5 metre structures at Beltonanean at last week’s Planning Committee of Mid Ulster District Council. A joint venture between Dublin based Island Renewable Energy and Canadian firm Brookfield, which has its Irish base in Cork, the plan would have involved the . . .
Germany’s mighty wind-turbine industry is suffering from a plunge in orders and a surge in foreign competition as subsidies for renewables are slashed worldwide. Can it recover?
Italian courts have overturned planning consent for a proposed 137MW wind farm off the Italian island of Sicily due to archaeological concerns. Sicily’s regional administrative court this month voided a construction permit awarded to developer Mediterranean Wind Offshore by Italy’s Infrastructure and Transport Ministry in 2013. The decision follows a four-year legal battle by environmental, archaeological and cultural societies. The court also ruled building the 38-turbine project in the Gulf of Gela would violate Unesco rules regarding the protection of . . .