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.
When she arrived 30 years ago, the area was untouched and as close to wilderness as you get in Ayrshire. A 19th century hill farm which once boasted 3000 acres of grazing for hardy sheep was paradise to flautist Pat Spence and her husband John. They were drawn to the wide open upland, the silence, the peace – and the fact they could get an awful lot for their money. She found one outbuilding perfect for her work as a . . .
The annual Frogmore Regatta, with its raft race, tug-of-war and beer tent, is a world away from the striped blazers and corporate hospitality of Henley. But when the locals meet on the banks of the Frogmore Creek in the spirit of friendly competition this summer, there will be further cause for cheer. After a 3½-year battle, controversial plans to erect a 112ft wind turbine on a nearby farm, within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), have been . . .
The battleground between the Ballyroan-based anti-wind farm group People Over Wind (POW) and Coillte has now shifted to Europe. For the past four years there has been intense, bitter opposition of Coillte’s plans to erect 18 wind turbines on more than 1,468 acres of lands between Ballyroan and Timahoe and, most recently, a grid connection to the ESB sub-station in Portlaoise. The issue has already come before An Bord Pleanála, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Commercial . . .
Protestors are up in arms about the plan to construct an offshore windfarm off the coast of Normandy in France which they say will ruin the view from the D-Day landing beaches. EDF EN and Enbridge are developing the 450MW Eoliennes Offshore du Calvados project off the coast of Courseulles-sur-Mer. The windfarm, which has been approved for construction, will consist of 75 turbines standing 180m high at a distance of 10km from the Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches. . . .
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 . . .