Wind Power News: U.K.
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A pressure group claims it has been “stonewalled” in its attempts to see how a new windfarm would impact the landscape. Energiekontor has applied to the council for planning permission for up to nine turbines at Garcrogo near Corsock. The Save Our Hills group, which is against the proposal, say requests to see an artists’ impression of what the scheme would look like have fallen on death ears- although the German firm say they have provided “visualisations of turbines from . . . Complete story »
A scoping request has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate Wales to determine the environmental studies required to develop proposals for a wind farm on land at Mynydd Carn-y-Cefn near Abertillery. South Wales renewables company Pennant Walters Ltd is developing proposals for up to eight wind turbines with a maximum blade height of 180m. It is estimated that the wind farm could generate up to 48 MW of electricity, which is equivalent to providing enough power to meet the annual electricity . . . Complete story »
An anti-wind farm campaigner has warned the Dava Moor is in danger of becoming an industrial landscape after the latest application to extend the Tom nan Clach wind farm on Cawdor Estate. Pat Wells, of Strathdearn Against Windfarm Developments, said the news of the plan to extend Tom nan Clach with a further eight turbines in addition to the existing 13 turbines had come as no surprise. “When Tom nan Clach was rubber-stamped by the government despite objections from Highland . . . Complete story »
An energy company is aiming to build 11 turbines at a site about three miles south of Dufftown. Fred. Olsen Renewables says it has begun community consultations about the proposed Glenfiddich Wind Farm, sited on high ground near Bridgehaugh on the A941. Should the windfarm get the go-ahead, the company states that more than £400,000 will be made available to local communities every year for the 35-year lifetime of the project. Rachel Baird, Project Manager at Fred. Olsen Renewables, claimed . . . Complete story »
‘It’s like they’re breeding’: Highland villagers demand end to wind farm developments around scenic area
Highland villagers have insisted “enough is enough” as they demand an end to wind farm developments around their community. Residents in Rosehall, Sutherland, have issued a desperate plea to the Scottish Government to draw a line now. Between operational and proposed developments, the residents so far face the prospect of 136 turbines in close proximity. The latest proposal is by EnergieKontor for 16 turbines about a mile south of the A837 Invershin to Lochinver road near Oykel Bridge and less . . . Complete story »
How tragic it is to read that our blundering politicians in their efforts to “save the planet’ will actually be contributing to an accelerating environmental disaster. How can the 290 jobs being created to build wind turbine generator foundation jackets at the BiFab yard in Methil (Scotsman, 16 April) be desicribed as “green jobs”? It is patently ridiculous. Specifically, as the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm – the destination for the foundation jackets – should never have been approved . . . Complete story »
Bid to build wind turbines as developer Infinergy hopes for an extension to the 13-turbine Tom nan Clach Wind Farm
Wind farm developer Infinergy has applied for a scoping opinion from the Scottish Government for an extension to the 13-turbine Tom nan Clach Wind Farm. The developer, in a joint venture with the Earl of Cawdor, known as Nan Clach Extension Limited, proposes to submit an application for eight more wind turbines and associated infrastructure at Cawdor Estate and Lethen Estate. It could meet the demands of up to 20,598 homes. Esbjorn Wilmar, managing director of Infinergy said: “We are . . . Complete story »
A Suffolk disability charity has warned installing a cable to connect a proposed offshore windfarm to the mainland could force it to close. The Warden’s Trust, based between Sizewell and Thorpeness, is a cliffside retreat for children and adults that is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Dr Alexander Gimson, chair of trustees, said the resort’s key selling point is its idyllic location. However, Dr Gimson fears ScottishPower’s proposal to lay a cable between a windfarm in the North Sea . . . Complete story »
German-owned firm Energiekontor has applied for Dumfries and Galloway Council for planning permission to build a new wind at Garcrogo. The new development, which would be situated two miles north-west of the village of Corsock, would see the erection of nine wind turbines up to 200m in height and would be operational for 35 years. The renewable energy development company, which has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Leeds has built eight wind farms to date in the UK and is . . . Complete story »
The Greens want to upgrade existing wind farms and relax planning restrictions to make it easier to install wind farms. Have they asked rural communities for their opinion? Insensitively-sited wind farms are objected to in droves by local people and councils as well as statutory consultees such as RSPB and Nature Scot, but the Scottish Government ploughs ahead, overturning these democratically-made decisions, and there is no right of appeal for third parties other than through judicial review which is financially . . . Complete story »