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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 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.

December 2, 2022 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

The Tories’ wind power delusion

A very strange parliamentary rebellion has been taking place with Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and dozens of other Tory MPs demanding an end to the ban on onshore wind farms. Wind power is cheap and getting cheaper, they argue. And surely, if we’re engaged in an energy war with Russia, we need all the power we can get? It’s an argument that is wrong several times over. There is no ban on wind farms – it is actually a bog-standard . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2022 • Ireland, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Liquidators appointed to wind turbine services firm

The company was insolvent and unable to pay its debts as they fall due, the judge said. The High Court has appointed joint provisional liquidators to an Irish-based firm that is part of a group of companies that provides mechanical and electrical services to power generating wind turbines manufacturers. The appointments were made in respect of Windhoist Ireland Limited, which had been working on a windfarm project, currently under construction at Ardderroo, near Moycullen in Co Galway. The firm has . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm scammer who conned millions from customers banned from running companies for 14 years

Dr Paul Dougan was found to have used investors’ cash to fund separate property ventures instead of putting it into wind farm projects. A green energy expert whose firm scammed £4million from customers for wind farm schemes has been banned from running companies for 14 years. Geoscientist Dr Paul Dougan was hit with the ban after a probe by the Insolvency Service found he used investors’ cash to fund separate property ventures instead of putting it into wind farm projects. . . . Complete story »

November 27, 2022 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine near Heath and Reach out of action ‘for months’ as it waits for replacement part

A nearby resident claims it’s been out of service for up to four months. A wind turbine close to the A5 at Heath and Reach has been temporarily put out of action because of a mechanical fault – with one resident claiming that it hasn’t been working for months. The structure at the Checkley Wood wind turbine substation is awaiting a replacement part, according to Conservative Central Bedfordshire Council ward councillor Mark Versallion. And it appears to have been out . . . Complete story »

November 27, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Application to expand wind farm south of Loch Ness to go to appeal

Highland councillors objected to the scheme despite planning officials recommending approval. Energy company BayWar.e.UK seeks permission for Corriegarth 2, a 14-turbine extension to Corriegarth 1 wind farm that already has 23 turbines in operation in the Monadhliaths mountain range. BayWar.e.UK propose that the 14 huge turbines encircle Corriegarth 1, which is sited about 15km north-east of Fort Augustus and 10km south-east of Foyers by Loch Ness. The company used a section 36 application to try and extend the windfarm. The . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Massive wind turbine bursts into flames as fire crews race to tackle blaze

A massive wind turbine has caught fire in Aberdeenshire. It is understood the 18.5 metre high wind turbine caught fire around 2.15pm today. Fire crews from Laurencekirk and Montrose are currently at the scene. Two fire engines were mobilised to the scene but were not needed as the site was made safe. An image posted from the scene north of St Cyrus, off the B9120 road, shows a black plume of smoke and flames bursting from the energy generator. A . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine on fire in Aberdeenshire as black smoke fills sky near St Cyrus

A wind turbine is on fire in a field in Aberdeenshire – with shocking footage caught by a passing bus driver showing the blazing machinery. A five second clip caught by Stagecoach driver Scott Galloway shows black smoke flooding into the sky from the burning turbine while yellow flames coming from below the blades just north of St Cyrus. Scott told Aberdeen Live that he had caught sight of the blaze when passing the area in his bus at around . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Family of man who froze to death after being stranded at wind farm awarded £860k

Ronnie Alexander, 74, got stuck in a snow storm at Afton wind farm in Scotland and died of hypothermia after his cabin generator failed and left him without heat or electricity. Complete story »

November 21, 2022 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Hypocrisy of felling trees for windfarms

I don’t understand the logic of Welsh Minister for Climate Change Julie James in proposing to erect more gigantic wind turbines in upland woodland areas of Wales First of all , the Welsh Government is telling Welsh people to plant millions of trees to absorb CO2 in the fight against global warming. Yet here is the Welsh Government felling millions of trees to make room for huge wind farms on forestry land owned by the Welsh people, not the Welsh . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Staff in Scots mutiny plot as green jobs lost to cheap foreign labour

British-based workers are planning a mutiny as protests erupt over a scandal of cheap foreign labour replacing them to serve Scotland’s green revolution, the Herald on Sunday can reveal. The row has emerged as UK-based staff on board Balder, the world’s first semi-submersible crane vessel serving the creation of one of Scotland’s biggest offshore wind farms have had their contracts terminated following the extension of the Offshore Wind Workers Concession (OWWC) rules which allows the employment of cheaper foreign nationals . . . Complete story »

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