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.
Revived plans for a controversial wind farm development near Roberton will go on show today. ABO Wind UK is resurrecting proposals rejected three years ago to put up wind turbines at Barrel Law, two miles north-west of Roberton and almost six miles west of Hawick. The plans were initially submitted five years ago to Scottish Borders Council. Councillors threw out that application by the company, a Livingston-based subsidiary of German firm ABO Wind, in 2013, and a subsequent appeal was . . .
A lack of wind and low electricity prices hit wind turbine owners hard last year, according to new figures from wind power cooperative Windunie. In total, the amount of electricity generated by wind power fell by 20% last year, Windunie said. ‘It’s a risk,’ director Axel Posthumus, told the Volkskrant. ‘You have bad years. However, the low energy prices (down to 2004 levels) have delivered a second blow.’ Some of the 400 turbine owners in the cooperative actually made a . . .
A council is being advised to approve plans for eight wind turbines on moorland in the Borders. LE20 Ltd is behind the Howpark project near to Grantshouse. A number of objections have been received highlighting that the area was previously said to have no further capacity for turbines. A Scottish Borders Council report said the approval of other wind farms on appeal meant the “prevailing character of the landscape” had changed. It advised approval of the application with a number . . .
One man’s fight to stop a wind farm being built on his doorstep has ended in dismay as his final appeal has been rejected. John Doré vowed to block plans for six turbines near Llangurig when planning approval was granted in August 2016. The challenge has taken him to Cardiff Crown Court and the High Court in London, fighting for a statutory review of the planning permission. His application to appeal against the High Court’s decision not to allow the . . .
A long-running wind farm debate in north Norfolk is set to be dragged out further after a council announced plans to appeal against a decision made by the Planning Inspectorate. North Norfolk District Council leaders will apply to the High Court in a bid to quash a decision to allow two wind turbines to be built. The announcement was made at the council’s meeting on Wednesday, March 22. The long-running battle to prevent the turbines being built has seen a . . .
Councillors have effectively banned windfarms from Laois, but Laois County Council warns that it could be overturned by the Minister Simon Coveney. Laois councillors already had put a 1.5km setback from roads and buildings, in the existing Laois County Development Plan, effectively ruling out new windfarms in Laois. They went further when drafting the 2017-2023 County plan, at a special meeting on Monday March 20, which was also attended by members of the public concerned about turbines. The council’s CEO . . .
A High Court case by Laois group People Over Wind against Laois County Council, has forced a delay in the construction of windfarm near Ballyroan. A rare protected shellfish, the Nore Fresh Water Pearl Mussel, is the reason behind the High Court judge’s decision to refer Cullenagh wind farm, to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), in a judgement given last Thursday March 16. The wind awareness group said it is “delighted” as they believe the European . . .
Residents of a rural north Meath community have expressed serious concern about a project to locate five wind turbines within a short distance from their homes. Tierworker locals say the 120 metre high Teevurcher site turbines now under construction – said to be the tallest in Ireland so far – are “well within” the recommended guideline of 500 metres from any residence. They claim that while 33 homes in all will be affected, eight are inside that guideline – one . . .
Inquiries are continuing after a man fell to his death at the Kilgallioch windfarm site near Barrhill. The 37-year-old Gamesa contractor was working on a project at the Scottish Power base on 6.45pm on Wednesday, March 15. Emergency services attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. It is understood the man fell inside a turbine tower. The site remains closed while investigations are carried out. A spokeswoman for Police Scotland, said: “At around 6.45pm on Wednesday, March . . .
Windfarm workers in the Barrhill area are being blamed for causing disruption with poor driving standards resulting in overturned vehicles. The issue has been prominent for some time and was discussed at a recent public meeting. It has become clear to villagers that it is not just the workers that are a problem but other drivers passing by. Chairman Dave Russell, of the Barrhill Community Council was minuted putting forward concerns over poor driving standards particularly, but not exclusively, by . . .