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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch 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 18, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines generate more cash when switched off and Scots customers shouldering £650m blame

Wind turbines generate more cash when they’re switched OFF than when they’re working – with customers shouldering nearly £650 million in payments over a decade. So-called ‘constraint payments’, a sort of compensation, have been paid to energy firms in charge of wind farms, when demand for electricity falls or winds are too strong for turbines to operate. These costs are added to consumers’ electricity bills. Most of the payments – totalling £649m since 2009 – have been levied to Scottish . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Almost £650m spent in a decade to switch off wind turbines

Customers have been forced to pay electricity companies almost £650m over the past decade – to not produce power. The cash is compensation for periods that wind turbines are switched off at short notice and usually happens to avoid overloading the UK’s National Grid. Since 2009, power firms have been paid to turn off wind turbines when the demand for electricity drops or the wind is too strong. The cost is then added to customers’ electricity bills. The bulk of . . . Complete story »


January 16, 2020 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

New wind turbines could be harming thousands of endangered bird populations, says RSPB

Wind farms installed offshore to tackle climate change are actually threatening thousands of endangered seabirds around the UK, according to the RSPB. The bird charity says new wind farms could be the ‘final nail in the coffin’ for more than 1,000 birds across four of the most threatened species. Many of these birds feed on fish at sandbanks, where developers prefer to build offshore wind turbines. There are more than 15 proposed UK offshore wind farms, which tend to be . . . Complete story »


January 16, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Bizarre call to save ‘distressed dog stuck inside wind turbine’ leaves firefighters stumped

Firefighters have been called out to a “distressed dog” trapped in a wind turbine in East Yorkshire. Six Humberside Fire and Rescue crew members from the Howden team descended on the huge structure in Eastrington after reports of an animal was trapped inside it. A disc cutter had to be used to cut their way into turbine after being called by a concerned member of the public, however, all was not as it first seemed. Despite the team and the . . . Complete story »


January 16, 2020 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Wind farms built to tackle climate change could be final nail in coffin for seabirds, RSPB warns

Wind farms built to tackle climate change could be the “final nail in the coffin” for sea birds, the RSPB has warned as it publishes a new report into their feeding hotspots. The UK is a globally crucial place for these birds, as it contains 8 million breeding pairs. They are in fast decline – seabirds have faced a 70 per cent drop worldwide since the 1970s, and numbers continue to fall. When the birds feed, they fly out to . . . Complete story »


January 16, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Suffolk coastal wind farm plans opposed by county council

Proposals for two offshore wind farms have been opposed by councillors concerned that substations will damage the look of a conservation area. Scottish Power Renewables wants to build two wind farms, a cable route through Thorpeness, as well as three substations in Friston, Suffolk. Suffolk County Council said it backed the principle of renewable energy but was concerned about the impact. The energy firm said it had taken care to minimise any impact on the area. The plans will go . . . Complete story »


January 15, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

“Untold damage” to Suffolk coast if windfarms approved, says council

Council chiefs have objected to proposals for two offshore windfarms on the Suffolk coast, claiming it will do “untold damage” to the area. Scottish Power Renewables have submitted plans for two windfarms, which also includes a cable route overland through Thorpeness and Leiston, as well as three substations in Friston. Suffolk County Council’s cabinet on Tuesday afternoon said it backed the principle of renewable energy projects, but could not support the scheme as it had not been developed thoroughly. Among . . . Complete story »


January 12, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

New windfarm projects generate ‘significant concerns’

Community leaders are to tell national planning chiefs that proposals for two huge new windfarms off Suffolk will have “significant impacts” on tourism, roads and people. While East Suffolk Council is in favour in principle of the energy projects, it is has strong concerns over a number of aspects of the work – which will involve cable channels across the countryside from Thorpeness to Friston, where a large substation will be created. Meanwhile, Suffolk County Council is preparing to give . . . Complete story »


January 12, 2020 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Britain’s biggest local government pensions ditch hedge funds for wind farms

Local government pension schemes in Britain pulled money out of hedge funds last year, shifting cash to infrastructure projects such as wind farms and to private equity, a Reuters analysis of annual reports shows. Local government schemes, which are among the largest pension investors in Britain, slashed their investments in hedge funds by a third in 2019, amid concern about low returns and high fees, the analysis shows. The drop reflects a difficult year for hedge funds, with $65.86 billion . . . Complete story »


January 10, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Concern over wind farm connection

Local politicians are calling for full details to be revealed over concerns that a proposed wind farm near Newtown could result in new pylons running through our countryside. Montgomeryshire’s political representatives, Craig Williams MP and Russell George AM, have both reacted to EDF Renewables’ proposals to develop a wind farm south of Newtown, calling for further detail as to the capacity of the development and how it would be connected to the National Grid. EDF Renewables have today announced plans . . . Complete story »


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