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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort 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 29, 2024 • Isle of ManPrint storyE-mail story

Residents raise fears for wildlife over onshore wind farm proposals

People living near the site earmarked for the first Manx onshore windfarm have voiced fears for local wildlife. Manx Utilities (MU) is investigating an area at Earystane and Scard to build several turbines designed produce 20 megawatts of electricity by 2026. It forms part of government’s commitment to decarbonise the island’s electricity supply by 2030. But John Corteen of Bee and Blossom Farm holiday cottages said the project could be “hugely damaging”. Mr Corteen, who keeps bird of prey and . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2022 • Isle of Man, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Wind farms ‘a risk in busy Irish Sea’ – Manx ferry boss

Plans for two offshore UK wind farms could risk maritime safety in a “busy part of the Irish sea”, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company boss has said. Brian Thomson raised concerns the Morgan and Morecambe proposals would not only affect ferries, but cruise ships and other marine operators. The energy companies behind the farms previously said they could find “ways to co-exist” in the Irish Sea. Mr Thomson said current plans were a “potential threat” to key sea . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2022 • Isle of Man, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Isle of Man Steam Packet fears wind farm plans may disrupt UK routes

The Steam Packet said the proposed Irish Sea wind farms could impact its rough weather routes Plans to build two new offshore wind farms in the Irish Sea could disrupt Isle of Man ferry services, a Manx operator has warned. Energy firms have proposed projects named Morgan and Morecambe in areas between the island and Lancashire. The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company said the developments could cause navigation issues for its sailings to Liverpool and Heysham in bad weather. . . . Complete story »

December 18, 2021 • Isle of ManPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms could affect ferry sailings

Two wind farms proposed for the Irish Sea will affect Steam Packet sailings. BP and German firm Energie Baden-Württemberg’s wind farms, Morgan and Mona, would be in the path of the Steam Packet Company’s routes to Liverpool and Heysham. When complete, the two wind farms will have sufficient electricity to power 3.4 million homes across the UK. Managing director at the Steam Packet Company, Brian Thomson, was worried about the effect it would have on its routes. He told Manx . . . Complete story »

December 16, 2021 • Isle of ManPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farms could ‘massively’ affect Steam Packet routes

Two huge wind farms proposed for the Irish Sea would have serious implications for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. Managing Director, Brian Thomson, says the Mona and Morgan wind farms would cut across the company’s routes to both Heysham and Liverpool. The contract to build the farms has been won by BP and a German firm as a 50-50 joint venture, and would generate sufficient electricity to power 3.4 million UK homes. Mr Thomson says the Steam Packet . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2021 • Isle of ManPrint storyE-mail story

Talks on a wind farm for the Isle of Man

A major development could be on the cards for the Isle of Man following talks at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. The United Nations’ Conference of the Parties is an annual event that brings governments together to discuss and review how climate change is being managed domestically and internationally. This year at the 26th COP (COP26), a delegation from the island has been sent to attend, including the newly appointed chair of the Climate Change Transformation Board, Daphne Caine . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2019 • Blogs, Isle of Man, Print storyE-mail story

Isle Of Man seabird populations plummet as wind farms overwhelm the Irish Sea

Herring Gulls are down 82%, European Shag down 51%, Razorbills down 55%. The list goes on … The world’s biggest offshore wind farm is just a few miles away. Isn’t there a conspicuous connection? The Isle Of Man wildlife charity Manx Birdlife has reported a shocking 40% decline in the populations of many species of sea birds around the island’s coast. The worrying figures emerged following a comprehensive census that took place over two years. Whatever the reason for the sharp . . . Complete story »

May 30, 2019 • Isle of ManPrint storyE-mail story

Worrying decline in sea birds around the island

There has been a sharp decline in many seabird species seen around the coast of the island. That’s the main finding of a census conducted by the charity Manx BirdLife over two years. It was the first comprehensive survey of the island’s 17 species of breeding seabird for nearly 20 years. Previous censuses had been conducted in 1985-86 by Allen Moore and by Chris Sharpe and Aron Sapsford in 1999, the latter as part of the Manx Bird Atlas studies. . . . Complete story »

November 1, 2018 • Isle of ManPrint storyE-mail story

Manx wind farm plan remains in ‘early stages’

A Danish company which plans to build a wind farm off the Manx coast have said the project “remains in the early stages” three years after it began. Orsted, formerly DONG energy, reached an agreement with the Manx government in 2015 to explore the feasibility of constructing a renewable energy plant. The firm has since built the world’s largest offshore wind farm off Cumbria, which is visible from the Manx coast. A company spokesman said it was “continuing with survey . . . Complete story »

March 1, 2017 • Isle of ManPrint storyE-mail story

‘Unlikely’ wind turbines will affect bird life, say planners

Amended plans have been submitted for three 10Kw wind turbines in Rushen to allay concerns about the impact of the development on birds. Cheeseden Investments Limited applied in 2014 for the turbines on land at Ballaman in Ballnahowe Road, Port Erin. But the application (14/00632/B) has been under consideration ever since then, with concerns – particularly about the red-billed chough – raised by Manx Wildlife Trust, Manx BirdLife, Manx Natural Heritage and the Manx Chough Project. In December 2016, Rushen . . . Complete story »

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