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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
A controversial planning application for a community-owned wind turbine in the Western Isles has been submitted by crofters. The planning application submitted to Western Isles Council by a crofters consortium known as Sandwick North Street is for the erection and 25-year operation of a single wind turbine up to five metres, and associated infrastructure. Sandwick North Street’s project is one of the four community schemes that are in conflict with an application for 36 turbines from French-owned Lewis Wind Power’s . . . Complete story »
The recent coverage of the scandalous amount of money that is being paid out to turn off wind turbines, mainly in Scotland, should make consumers across the UK gasp with disbelief and anger. The reckless deployment of thousands of turbines by the Scottish Government must be halted and only Westminster can bring in legislation to slam the door shut on this absurd constraints jackpot and protect consumers against further unrestrained lunacy. Some developers are applying and getting approval for extensions . . . Complete story »
Councillors claim the colour and size of wind turbines off the coast are damaging tourism in Kent – with some urging for them to be painted green so they blend in more with the landscape. Swedish energy company Vattenfall plans to expand the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm to make it the biggest in the world. An addition 34 turbines would join the current 100 off the coast around 7.5 miles from Foreness Point in Margate by 2021. The new energy . . . Complete story »
Campaigners who want to see the Kirkby Moor wind farm pulled down say a petition with more than 100,000 signatures from people across the world is not as relevant as views from local people. The 12 turbines, built in 1993, will be the subject of a public inquiry later this month after South Lakeland District Council denied Ventient Energy permission to extend the lifespan of the wind farm until 2027. An online petition to keep the turbines and has attracted . . . Complete story »