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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


July 19, 2018 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Ministry of Defence says ongoing wind farm construction lacks permission

The Ministry of Defence has told ERR that attempts to construct a wind farm in the northeast of Estonia lack the required permits. However the copmany carrying out the work denies it is construction work they are doing, and simply involves ‘storage’ activities. The company in question, Aidu Tuulepark OÜ, a holding of businessmen Oleg and Andres Sõnajalg, is continuing with the construction of the wind farm in Ida-Viru County, according to the Ministry, something they are not allowed to . . . Complete story »


July 18, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Cheap foreign workers being prioritised for offshore wind jobs’, warn MPs and trade unions

Lax immigration rules are preventing Hull seafarers and labourers from getting jobs in the offshore wind industry, MPs and trade unions have warned. The world’s largest wind farm, Hornsea, is currently being built off the Humber coast – but critics say British seafarers and labourers are not feeling the benefit of the predicted jobs boom. The renewable energy industry successfully lobbied the Home Office in April 2017 to introduce an immigration waiver for those working on the construction of the . . . Complete story »


July 18, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial off-shore wind farm plans spark heated debate in Holt

Controversial plans for an off-shore wind farm sparked a public debate at a meeting hosted by a Norfolk MP. Danish energy giant Ørsted hopes to build the Hornsea Project Three wind farm 121km off the north Norfolk coast. The plans have proved controversial, particularly regarding the proposed cable route and its potential damage to the surrounding area from the laying of the cable, and the impact of an on-shore booster station in open countryside. North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb hosted . . . Complete story »


July 18, 2018 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Permitting limbo threatens French deployment

No new projects in France can secure permits following a court ruling at the end of 2017, meaning the forthcoming auction is set to be undersubscribed. Up to 5GW of onshore wind power projects in France are under threat following a court decision in December 2017, which overturned the environmental permitting system. At least 3GW of projects seeking consent are frozen, and 2GW of authorised projects face “a high risk of cancellation by the administrative courts,” French wind energy association . . . Complete story »


July 18, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

German firm in bid to develop tallest turbine in north of Scotland

A German-owned company is bidding to develop what would be the tallest onshore wind turbines in the far north of Scotland. Energiekontor UK has earmarked moorland near Lairg for its latest venture, which would have the potential to produce 54.6mw of electricity. The scheme is at an early stage, with the company going through a scoping process before firming up an environmental impact study, which it would table along with a planning application. The firm is looking to erect 13 . . . Complete story »


July 18, 2018 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Weird ‘wind drought’ means Britain’s turbines are at a standstill

Britain is experiencing a “wind drought” that has slowed or halted the blades on turbines around the country. July’s wind energy output so far is down 40 per cent when compared to the same period last year – despite more wind turbines having been installed in the interim, according to new figures. “We’ve been typically doing between 2 to 3 gigawatts of wind [generation],” says Rob Gross of Imperial College London, which complied the data, “At a windier time of . . . Complete story »


July 17, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Supreme Court quashes permission for Co Clare wind farm

The Supreme Court has overturned permission for a wind farm in Co Clare due to An Bord Pleanála’s failure to make “complete, definitive and precise” findings required by European law for a valid Appropriate Assessment of the project. The judgment on the challenge by local resident Kathleen Connelly to the proposed development of six wind turbines at Coor West, Shanvogh, addresses important issues of Irish and European law concerning the extent of the Board’s obligations to give reasons for its . . . Complete story »


July 17, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Planning approval for Co Clare wind farm overturned

The Supreme Court has overturned planning permission for a Co Clare wind farm due to An Bord Pleanála’s failure to make “complete, definitive and precise” findings required under European law. Permission for the project, a development of six wind turbines at Coor West, Shanvogh, was initially turned down by Clare County Council. The developer then appealed to the board, which approved the project. When making its decision, the board rejected its inspector’s recommendation to refuse permission. It disagreed with various . . . Complete story »


July 17, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Leitrim man loses appeal over criminal damage to wind farm site

A man jailed for damaging equipment used to build a wind farm in rural Roscommon has lost an appeal over attempts to change his plea from ‘guilty’ to ‘not guilty’. Conor Judge (31), with an address in Maynooth, Co Kildare, and originally from Kilnagross, Co. Leitrim, had pleaded guilty at Roscommon Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of theft and one count of criminal damage at a worksite connected to the construction of a wind farm near Arigna, Co. Roscommon . . . Complete story »


July 16, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

EU’s top court to rule on Tipperary wind farm planning

The EU’s top court is to rule later this month on whether An Bord Pleanála properly assessed the environmental impact on the habitat of the hen harrier of a proposed €80m wind farm in Tipperary. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has said the challenge by environmentalists to the proposed wind farm (which would be within a designated special protection area) is likely to set case law on wind farms and protected habitats. An Bord Pleanála had . . . Complete story »


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