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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.


January 20, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Anti-pylon group donate £1,000 boost for turbine protesters

A Montgomeryshire-based anti-pylon group has donated funds towards a campaign that is protesting against plans to build a windfarm at a Radnorshire beauty spot. Montgomeryshire Against Pylons presented a cheque for £1,000 to the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) Brecon and Radnor branch to help with legal costs to prevent Hendy Wind Farm from going ahead. The money was raised from donations to Montgomeryshire Against Pylons’ campaign against the expanding energy infrastructure in Mid Wales in the . . . Complete story »


January 20, 2019 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Bord refuses wind farm

An Bord Pleanála has upheld a decision by Kerry County Council to refuse a wind farm in Ballylongford. The Ballylongford Windfarm Group had applied to Kerry County Council to construct eight wind turbines at Aghanagran Lower and surrounding townlands in Ballylongford; each with a ground-to-blade tip height of 126.5 m. Kerry County Council refused permission last year, a decision that was appealed to the Bord by the Ballylongford Windfarm Group on December 4 last. However, An Bord informed the appellant . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2019 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Vent de fronde contre l’éolien

D’ici à 2028, le gouvernement veut multiplier par 2,5 les capacités de production d’électricité par des éoliennes terrestres, faisant passer de 6 à 15% la part d’électricité éolienne dans le mix énergétique français. Une ambition qui se heurte toutefois à la fronde des riverains, dans les campagnes, en raison des nuisances provoquées. “L’énergie éolienne a vocation à constituer un des piliers du système électrique français”, explique aux députés Stanislas Reizine, le sous-directeur du système électrique et des énergies renouvelables au . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Loch Striven wind farm opposed by planners

Plans for a wind farm close to a picturesque Clyde sea loch look set to fail – but not before a public hearing. The proposals for a wind farm at Ardtaraig near Loch Striven, comprising seven wind turbines each 13.5m high, are to go before Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee on Wednesday. But a report produced for the meeting by planning officer Arlene Knox recommends that planning permission is refused subject to a discretionary hearing . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Powys: Hendy Wind Farm update for planning committee

Powys County Council (PCC) has been within minutes of forcing work to stop at the controversial Hendy Windy Farm. Gwilym Davies, professional lead development manager at PCC, briefed members of the planning committee on the situation after Cllr David Price (Independent – Llanafanfawr) asked for an update. In recent weeks protests have been taking place at the site near Llandegley as the developers look to build one of the turbines as quickly as possible. Developers Njord Energy are supposed to . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Ardtaraig wind farm plans set to be blown away

Plans for a windfarm which would be seen from Bute look set to fail – but not before a public hearing. The proposals for a wind farm at Ardtaraig near Loch Striven, comprising seven wind turbines each 13.5m high, are to go before Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee on Wednesday, January 23. But a report produced for the meeting by planning officer Arlene Knox recommends that planning permission is refused subject to a discretionary hearing . . . Complete story »


January 18, 2019 • FinlandPrint storyE-mail story

Pilot study shows no significant reduction in damage caused by infrasound until more than 15 kilometers from wind farms

The pilot study carried out in Satakunta and Northern Ostrobothnia in Finland shows that the damage caused by infrasound from wind power plants will only decrease significantly more than 15 kilometers away from wind turbines. The study was carried out by the Finnish Association for Environmental Health (SYTe) in the spring 2016. – It has been noticed from experience that after the construction of wind power plants, usually within a few months, people in the surrounding area have begun to . . . Complete story »


January 18, 2019 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed north Kerry windfarm refused planning

A windfarm proposed for north Kerry, near the Shannon estuary, has been refused planning permission, on grounds of its potential adverse impact on the environment. An Bord Pleanála has upheld the decision of Kerry Co Council not to sanction the development of eight wind turbines outside the village of Ballylongford. The Ballylongford Windfarm Group, which consists of 11 landowners and a Dublin-based forestry company, The Third Irish Forestry Fund, had hoped to build the 25.6-megawatt windfarm in the townlands of . . . Complete story »


January 18, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Dismay from local politicians over number of windfarm applications

Grampian and Highlands politicians have hit out at the Scottish Government after it was revealed more than half of the country’s windfarm applications are on their patch. Of the 27 onshore wind application currently sitting with the Scottish Government, 14 are in the north and north east council areas of Scotland. But the figures, released in response to a parliamentary question by the Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston, were welcomed by renewable energy trade body Scottish Renewables who claimed projects . . . Complete story »


January 18, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm proposals to go before planning committee

Councillors are set to approve the proposed Overhill Wind Farm despite fears it could damage important wildlife habitat. The 10-turbine development would be the tallest wind farm in East Ayrshire and is set to be approved by councillors during Friday’s planning committee meeting. Communities in Dalmellington, Patna, Drongan, Auchinleck, and Cumnock are set to receive funding through the proposed Community Benefit Fund while an estimated 16,000 lorries are set to travel through New Cumnock during the lifetime of the project. . . . Complete story »


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