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.
It’s ‘like the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’. That was the incredulous reaction of one community councillor to the possible granting of a wind turbine facility at Hunterston without background noise measurements in place. In March, North Ayrshire Council decided to delay the decision to extend the Hunterston giant turbine development by two years until June, after concerns were raised about out-of-date background noise measurements. And now, Chairman Rita Holmes has voiced concerns during Fairlie Council’s monthly meeting that the two . . .
Plans for a 30-megawatt wind farm in Ayrshire have been refused permission after a reporter decided it would have an unacceptable landscape and amenity impact. The Glenouther Renewable Energy Park proposal, comprising 12 turbines up to 126 metres high, was put forward by a subsidiary of energy firm Gamesa on a site near the village of Fenwick, on the A77 north of Kilmarnock. It was refused permission a year ago by East Ayrshire Council. The appeal site lay within an . . .
Irish people are broadly supportive of renewable energy technologies including wind, solar and biomass – as long as projects are not located near family homes. New research from the Economic and Social Research Institute says that while 77pc of people are “generally positive” towards wind generation, just 36pc would live within 5km of a wind farm. Opposition was not due to Nimbyism (Not In My Back Yard-ism), but due to perceived health concerns including noise, or impact on air or . . .
A fisherman has warned “creel wars” could be sparked in the Moray Firth amid claims a massive wind farm will dramatically reduce catching grounds. Buckie-based Lee Brown has been landing mackerel, squid and shellfish from off the coast of Spey Bay and Kingston for 20 years. But now he faces losing up to £40,000 over the next three years unless he moves into other areas, which he worries will cause conflict among other trawlermen. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) are . . .
Gamesa loses Glenouther appeal; Scottish government agrees with council decision to reject 30MW project
The Scottish government has rejected an appeal by Gamesa against East Ayrshire council’s planning refusal for a 30MW wind farm at Glenouther. Andrew Sikes, the reporter appointed by Scottish ministers to assess the appeal, agreed with the local authority’s reasons for turning down the project on the grounds of cumulative, visual and landscape impacts. Glenouther would have comprised 12 turbines of up to 126.5-metre tip heights. “There are no material considerations which would still justify granting planning permission,” Sikes said . . .
East Anglia News Service – Three whales that washed up on the Suffolk coast may have died after becoming disorientated by offshore windfarms, marine experts believe. The coastguard received reports of a minke whale calf that had become separated from its mother on Friday night. By the next afternoon it had been found dead at the mouth of the River Ore and its mother was found washed up near Felixstowe. Yesterday another dead adult was seen off the Harwich coast. They . . .
General Electric Co. is the latest U.S. company to be investigated by European Union for possibly turning in misleading information during a merger review. The European Commission opened proceedings on March 9 to review whether GE misled EU officials examining a deal to buy LM Wind Power, a maker of wind-turbine blades, for 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion), the Boston-based company said in an emailed statement on Monday. Since then, there has been “no further formal communication” from the commission . . .
Manifesto declares ‘we do not believe that more large-scale onshore wind power is right for Scotland’ Hopes that a Conservative government could open the door for new onshore wind projects outside of England were dealt a blow late last week, after the Scottish Conservatives’ manifesto underlined the party’s opposition to new wind farms in Scotland. Last week the Conservative Party’s main manifesto performed a surprise partial U-turn and scrapped the Party’s previous promise to “halt” the expansion of onshore wind . . .
The Swiss parliament supports the new law, with the exception of the country's largest political party, the populist Swiss People's Party (SVP), which requested Sunday's referendum. "I'm very worried about the future," SVP parliamentarian Celine Amaudruz told RTS as the referendum results ticked in. SVP maintains the energy shift will be too expensive, would threaten Switzerland's energy supply and would "disfigure" the country's pristine natural landscape with more wind turbines and solar panels.
Councils in Angus, Fife and Dundee have been asked for their opinions on a massive offshore wind development. Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) was awarded exclusive development rights in 2011 for a site 10 miles off the Angus coast, originally due for 213 turbines. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds challenged Scottish Minister consent for four schemes – Inch Cape, Seagreen Alpha, Seagreen Bravo and Neart na Gaoithe – over fears that birds could be harmed by blades. . . .