Wind Power News: U.K.
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There was a Scottish story this week full of the real stuff of politics – and correspondingly little coverage. It involved Scottish and Southern Energy’s Seagreen offshore windfarm, off Montrose, which will pour many consumers’ bawbees into SSE dividends. This largesse did not extend to poor sods working out at sea. These Third World labourers were paid a basic £3.40 an hour by SSE’s Dutch contractors, Fugro Marine, which has offices in Aberdeen. On being caught red-handed, SSE conceded some . . . Complete story »
Plans to construct giant wind turbines in the hills between Largs and Skelmorlie have been revealed. Concerned community councillors discovered the proposal for the string of 150m structures between Outerwards Farm and the south east of Skelmorlie while look into the apparent disappearance of what they say is a historic Roman road from the plans. Chairperson Helen Boyle says they have now called on North Ayrshire Council to step in and investigate. She said: “It has come to our attention . . . Complete story »
Calls are growing for a “dangerous” school wind turbine to be taken down after parts of it have come off for the THIRD time. Leading Copeland councillor David Moore has demanded the structure in in the grounds of Seascale Primary School is removed immediately amid safety fears. The school, in Croft Head Road, Seascale, has also described the latest incident as “unacceptable”, pledging to decommission it without “100 per cent” guarantees this will never happen again. Mr Moore, who has . . . Complete story »
Approval for development near Carsphairn that community council claims is “ill-considered, inconsiderate and entirely inappropriate”
Plans for a development near Carsphairn described as “ill-considered, inconsiderate and entirely inappropriate” have been approved. Windy Rig Wind Farm Ltd has been given permission to create a “layover” area to the south of the village to help transfer material to the windfarm site nearby. Councillors approved the proposal at the planning applications committee on Thursday, despite Dee and Glenkens Councillor Pauline Drysdale calling for a site visit. A report by case officer Andrew Robison revealed the proposed site near . . . Complete story »
A “dangerous” wind turbine in a school ground in Cumbria is a “risk to the community”, a local councillor said. Councillor David Moore spoke out after “big lumps” of the structure at Seascale Primary School flew off and landed in a nearby garden. It is the third such incident since the turbine was installed in 2010. The school said it was talking to engineers and pledged to decommission it if there was not a “100% guarantee” it could never happen . . . Complete story »
A last-ditch attempt by a Helmsdale landowner to erect five 125m high turbines on his land, has failed. Highland Council in March rejected a planning application from Navidale Estate owner Phil Davidson to install the turbines on an elevated site 3290 metres to the north east of the Church of Scotland at West Helmsdale. Among councillors who objected was East Sutherland and Edderton representative Richard Gale. Mr Davidson appealed the decision but now Scottish Government reporter Keith Bray has turned . . . Complete story »
Plans for an extra seven turbines at Limekiln – the wind farm development close to Reay which has already been the subject of two public inquiries – have met with widespread opposition. Campaigners are organising a protest next week aimed to coincide with the first of two open days being held in the village by developers Infinergy and Boralex. Brenda Herrick, of Caithness Windfarm Information Forum, said: “Local people are absolutely furious. We knew they were proposing two consultation meetings . . . Complete story »
The Trump Organization has settled a £225,000 legal bill with the Scottish government after it lost a long court battle against a windfarm near its Aberdeenshire golf course. The Scottish government said Donald Trump’s family firm had agreed to pay its legal fees before a dispute over those costs went to adjudication by a court-appointed auditor. The Guardian revealed last month that the government had accused the Trump Organization of refusing to pay its legal costs despite a court order . . . Complete story »
A billion-pound wind farm has been closed for more than two weeks after a technical fault brought it to a standstill. Rampion Wind Farm, which is 13km off the Sussex coast, is still out of commission after an electrical problem on October 26. A spokeswoman for Rampion said the repairs would be complicated and time-consuming. “A fault has occurred on our High Voltage electrical system,” she said. “We are in the process of repairing this and will have the wind . . . Complete story »
A wind farm developer has scaled back plans for a turbine extension in Moray following community feedback. Statkraft had initially intended to build 10 additional towers at their Berry Burn project south of Forres. However, now the developer has revised the plans to nine turbines – which will remain up to 490ft tall to the blade tip. Yesterday the firm announced the reduction following “extensive site studies” and feedback from locals. Project manager Mícheál Ó Broin said: “Since our last . . . Complete story »