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.
Those concerned about the planning sought by Kepak to build a wind turbine in Watergrasshill can breathe a sigh of relief as the planning application has been deemed invalid by Cork County Council Planning Authority. In accordance with Article 26 of the Planning and Development Regulations, 2006, the application cannot be considered. According to a letter from Pio Treacy Administrative Officer of the Planning Authority to Kepak Cork Unlimited Company, the main breach was in relation to site notices. “On . . . Complete story »
Why didn’t the Lake District National Park Authority object to the plans to extend the Kirkby Moor wind farm?
The planning application to extend the life of Kirkby Moor wind farm was refused by South Lakeland District Council on December 5. That refusal concurred with the refusal of all 13 consultee parish councils, local district and county councillors and an overwhelming objection by local individual residents of the area. As well as that democratic and individual representation, every Lake District agency bar one, committed to the Lakes’ preservation, enhancement and visitor success (Cumbria Tourism, Friends of the Lake District, . . . Complete story »
Norway rejected construction of a wind farm on Friday over concerns it could harm wild reindeer in southern mountains that are home to the last remaining viable populations in Europe. The 120 megawatt(MW) project in Bygland municipality aimed to boost business in the sparsely-populated region, but it would be within a designated reindeer-rich national reserve, according to the energy ministry. Norway has almost 35,000 reindeer in its southern mountains, the last redoubt of sustainable populations of the animals in Europe, . . . Complete story »
Strong winds overturned a 650 tonne crawler crane on a wind farm in the Kirtorf area of central Germany yesterday. The crane a Demag SL3800 owned and operated by Dufour group was working on the installation of a large turbine, when hurricane force winds hit the region to the north east of Frankfurt. Turbine components and the crane were badly damaged, but thankfully no one was hurt in the incident. We do not know at this stage if the crane . . . Complete story »
An appeal to overturn a decision by Tipperary Co. Council blocking development of a windfarm in Hollyford, west Co. Tipperary, has been rejected by An Bord Pleanála. On December 18, 2015, Ecopower Developments Ltd applied for permission to build two wind turbines with an overall height of up to 150 meters, crane hardstands, access roads, electrical cabling, an electrical control building, borrow pit, ancillary drainage system and ancillary site works, all at Glenpaudeen, Moheragh, Hollyford. The application was accompanied by . . . Complete story »
The French government on Thursday announced a ten-point plan which will simplify administrative procedures and accelerate the development of wind power projects in order to double its installed generation capacity by 2023. The government said the proposed reforms will cut in half the average time it takes for wind power projects to be completed and connected to the French electricity grid. If successful, it could counter long-running opposition from activists who have frustrated the country’s attempts to reach renewable energy . . . Complete story »
Plans for a major wind farm straddling the boundary between the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway have been unveiled. Community Windpower wants to construct 49 turbines in its Faw Side project. The company said it would bring an investment of about £256m into the community and wider area. However, concerns have been raised about the cumulative landscape impact and the effect on radar at RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria. The proposed wind farm would be located about six miles (10km) . . . Complete story »
France is expected to announce measures this week to accelerate the installation of wind turbines and overcome long-running opposition from activists who have frustrated the country’s attempts to hit renewable energy targets. A working group formed in October to make approvals easier has finalised plans that include removing one legal avenue for blocking projects and paying a portion of wind farm taxes directly to affected communities, an industry official said. French onshore wind projects delivering 22 gigawatts (GW) have been . . . Complete story »
Safety concerns have been raised after a wind turbine in Inishowen was struck by lightning yesterday evening. At around 6 o’clock, one of the wind turbines on Crockbrack Hill, Meanletterbale, was struck, causing damage to one of the 94* metre long turbine blades with dents and scorch marks also visible on the nacelle of the turbine. This is the second incident of its kind, raising concerns over the safety of the turbines developed in such close proximity to homes. Paula . . . Complete story »
The company behind the next phase of a major north-east windfarm have said their proposals have been given an “overwhelmingly positive response.” Plans to expand the Moray East Offshore Windfarm westward were unveiled in 2016, which would involve building 90 turbines. Yesterday, the public got the chance to have their say. During the consultation at the Station Hotel in Portsoy, locals could view the blueprints for the development and the on-shore infrastructure, which is proposed to be funneled through the . . . Complete story »