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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


January 23, 2021 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Echauffour. Le parc éolien est mis à l’arrêt par décision préfectorale

[Echauffour wind turbines shut down] À l’issue de la réunion de médiation organisée vendredi 22 janvier 2021 par la sous-préfète d’Argentan, la mise à l’arrêt du parc éolien d’Echauffour a été décidée. Une première ! Après deux heures d’une réunion assez tendue et dirigée d’une main de fer par Christine Royer, sous-préfète d’Argentan assurant l’intérim de Mortagne-au-Perche, un soulagement a gagné le collectif des riverains de la zone éolienne d’Echauffour lorsqu’elle a annoncé sa décision de « mettre à l’arrêt le parc . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2021 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windkraftanlage bei Brökeln brennt | Wind turbine burns near Brökeln

Hohe/Brökeln. Alarm für die Feuerwehr in der Samtgemeinde Bodenwerder-Polle. Ein Windrad bei Brökeln hat Feuer gefangen, schwarzer Rauch ist schon kilometerweit zu sehen. Um 13.30 Uhr am Dienstag, 12. Januar, ging der erste Alarmruf ein. Die Feuerwehr hat in Hohe die Einsatzleitung etabliert. Wegen der starken Rauchentwicklung fordert die Feuerwehr dazu auf, Türen und Fenster geschlossen zu halten. Diese Warnung wurde auch über die Warnapps Nina und Biwapp verbreitet. (fhm/gl) Complete story »


January 23, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Lack of ‘transparency’ fears over SNP bailing out BiFab

A Holyrood committee has raised fears at a “lack of transparency” over public funding ploughed into struggling BiFab years before the company collapsed. BiFab, which as years in Burntisland and Methill and another on the Isle of Lewis entered administration in December, two years after a deal in which Canadian firm DF Barnes acquired the business for just £4. The Scottish Government invested £37 million into the company and became a minority shareholder. Bosses at DF Barnes have told MSPs . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Developer to go ahead with wind farm plans

The developer of a proposed wind farm near Baltinglass has confirmed its plans to press ahead with the project. ABO Wind Ireland Ltd said this week it is set to lodge an application with Wicklow County Council for permission to construct five 165m wind turbines at Kilranelagh Hill. The plan has already been the focus of sustained local opposition due to the archaeological features on the site, which is part of the Baltinglass Hillfort Complex. The Save Wicklow’s Ancient East . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Peebles: Wind farms ‘would trigger community benefit funds’

Peebles could benefit from a £500,000 community benefit package if two controversial wind farms are given the go-ahead, according to a community council member. Malcolm Bruce entered into talks with development managers regarding the community funding that will be generated from the proposed wind power sites at Scawd Law near Walkerburn and Cloich Forest near Eddleston. In a bid to make sure all communities can benefit from any potential financial windfall, Mr Bruce reached out to six community councils in . . . Complete story »


January 22, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fears ‘wildcat wonderland’ would be doomed under plans to expand wind farm near Huntly

Nature enthusiasts fear that a “wildcat wonderland” will be lost forever if plans to almost double the size of a wind farm near Huntly are given the go-ahead. Wildcat Haven campaigners appealed for Aberdeenshire Council to oppose plans for a 14-turbine extension to the existing 18-turbine Clashindarroch wind farm as elected members considered plans by Swedish energy firm Vatterfall Wind Power yesterday. Addressing the infrastructure services committee online, campaigner and founder of Living Law, Susan Shaw, said the area was . . . Complete story »


January 22, 2021 • Ireland, Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Stormont committee told river peat slide was ‘catastrophic’

A huge landslide into rivers in Donegal and Tyrone which started on the site of a new windfarm has been described as “catastrophic” by the Loughs’ Agency. Thousands of tonnes of peat bog, trees and vegetation were swept into the Mourne Beg and Derg Rivers during the peat slide on November 13 last year. Damage was also caused to the Corgary trout farm. It subsequently emerged that the peat slide originated on land which is being developed as a wind . . . Complete story »


January 22, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Dounreay offshore wind turbines would ‘dwarf’ those in Beatrice project, says Caithness councillor

A Caithness councillor is seeking more details about a proposed wind farm off the north coast which he says would “dwarf” the Beatrice project in terms of turbine height. A planning application has been lodged with Highland Council for a development consisting of between six and 10 floating turbines around six kilometres north-west of Dounreay. It would be called the Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm and the maximum blade-tip height would be 270m. Councillor Matthew Reiss, who represents Thurso and . . . Complete story »


January 22, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Energy firm considering next steps after Camster II Wind Farm planning refusal

A renewable energy firm says it is taking time to consider its next steps after being refused planning permission for a new wind farm at Camster. RWE Renewables wanted to install 11 turbines in its proposed Camster II Wind Farm development on land some 2000 metres north-west of Tannach Hill. Its application was turned down by Highland Council, which ruled that the wind farm “would have a significantly detrimental visual impact”. RWE now has three months to appeal to the . . . Complete story »


January 21, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Opposition grows against wind turbines near Mt Leinster

There is increasing concern in the Bunclody area over plans by Coillte to construct a major windfarm development near Mount Leinster. Such is the level of concern about the project, that over 2.500 people have already signed a petition against the plan. The proposal makes provision for the development, on the Carlow side of the border, of seven turbines with proposed heights of 178m which would be significantly higher than any of the other turbines in the region. If given . . . Complete story »


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