Wind Power News: U.K.
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.
Lax immigration rules are preventing Hull seafarers and labourers from getting jobs in the offshore wind industry, MPs and trade unions have warned. The world’s largest wind farm, Hornsea, is currently being built off the Humber coast – but critics say British seafarers and labourers are not feeling the benefit of the predicted jobs boom. The renewable energy industry successfully lobbied the Home Office in April 2017 to introduce an immigration waiver for those working on the construction of the . . . Complete story »
Controversial plans for an off-shore wind farm sparked a public debate at a meeting hosted by a Norfolk MP. Danish energy giant Ørsted hopes to build the Hornsea Project Three wind farm 121km off the north Norfolk coast. The plans have proved controversial, particularly regarding the proposed cable route and its potential damage to the surrounding area from the laying of the cable, and the impact of an on-shore booster station in open countryside. North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb hosted . . . Complete story »
A German-owned company is bidding to develop what would be the tallest onshore wind turbines in the far north of Scotland. Energiekontor UK has earmarked moorland near Lairg for its latest venture, which would have the potential to produce 54.6mw of electricity. The scheme is at an early stage, with the company going through a scoping process before firming up an environmental impact study, which it would table along with a planning application. The firm is looking to erect 13 . . . Complete story »
Britain is experiencing a “wind drought” that has slowed or halted the blades on turbines around the country. July’s wind energy output so far is down 40 per cent when compared to the same period last year – despite more wind turbines having been installed in the interim, according to new figures. “We’ve been typically doing between 2 to 3 gigawatts of wind [generation],” says Rob Gross of Imperial College London, which complied the data, “At a windier time of . . . Complete story »
Offshore wind farm decommissioning could top £3 billion, according to a UK Government report released last night. The Cost Estimation and Liabilities in Decommissioning Offshore Wind Installations report, published by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) concluded that the cost of of offshore wind decommissioning could be between £1.28bn and £3.64bn. The report, which included a number of Scottish wind developments, forecast that the actual cost would be around £1.82bn. It concluded that “highly volatile” vessel rates, . . . Complete story »
As we swelter in this fine summer, I wonder if any readers know that we could all be in grave danger from the dreaded “Tickenden Zeitbomben”. Is it a fearsome Scottish cleg? Is it the fabled Loch Ness Monster? No, but it could be much closer to you than you think and potentially extremely dangerous as we are importing more to this country than ever before. In fact, our once beautiful countryside is now littered with them so they are . . . Complete story »
For over a decade, policy-makers in the Western Isles have seen ‘renewable energy’ as the key to achieving the Holy Grail of Hebridean aspiration. That is, long-term economic abundance and cash flow, thereby lifting the island population away from perceived poverty and inequalities vis-a-vis the mainland. Onshore wind farms and an inter-connector (in island parlance ‘the interconnector’) are seen as the drivers towards that aspiration, irrespective of all other considerations. This, despite the view of Scottish Natural Heritage that the . . . Complete story »
A tiny north-east community is celebrating after winning a David vs Goliath battle against a major wind farm development. Local residents in Sandend have been arguing since January against plans for Moray West Offshore Windfarm substation cabling to come ashore at the beach. The spot is a favourite among surfers, and they were among the campaigners fighting against the green energy scheme cutting through the sands. Now wind farm developers EDP Renewables have confirmed they are now longer considering the . . . Complete story »
Hopes of an energy company funding sea defences to protect Happisburgh’s rapidly eroding cliffs have been dashed. Swedish energy firm Vattenfall wants to bring cables from one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms ashore at the village. The project would involve years of work and had led some in Happisburgh to hoping that Vattenfall, which plans to build two wind farms around 50 kilometres off the coast, would make a contribution to beach defences. But Ruari Lean, project manager . . . Complete story »
A wind farm near the Southern Upland Way has been given planning permission. Developers E.ON welcomed the decision on its nine-turbine Lorg project east of Carsphairn. Plans first surfaced for the site a number of years ago when up to 25 turbines were being considered but the scheme has since been scaled down. Objections had been received from some community councils who raised concerns about the impact on the walking route but the project was given approval. Hayley Meadley, E.ON . . . Complete story »