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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort 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.


May 6, 2024 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Fylde Coast wind farm plans could tear through businesses, land and affect schools, objectors say

Across the Fylde Coast, residents, business owners and farmers are uniting on one very contentious issue. Two offshore wind farms are set to be positioned in the Irish Sea, with a series of cables connecting them to an existing electricity substation in Penwortham. Whilst the idea is good in theory, to build on green energy, the idea in action is a very different matter. Residents of the Fylde are strongly opposing the plans, dubbed the Morgan and Morecambe Offshore Wind . . . Complete story »


April 21, 2024 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Angry campaigners against plans for England’s biggest wind farm near Hebden Bridge join forces for public meeting

Three groups have united to host a public forum to explore concerns they have over a giant windfarm proposed for thousands of hectares of moorland near Hebden Bridge. The Pennine Heritage Trust, in partnership with Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society and Stop Calderdale Wind Farm, have organised the forum, which will be held next month. It is in response to Calderdale Wind Farm Ltd’s proposals for a 65-turbine wind farm on more than 2,300 hectares of land at Walshaw . . . Complete story »


March 5, 2024 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Ted Hughes: Former poet laureate’s estate backs campaigners fighting giant wind farm on Calderdale moorland

The Mytholmroyd-born poet was famous for his evocation of the natural world, inspired by the Calder Valley landscape he grew up in. Stop Calderdale Windfarm, marshalling objections to Calder Wind Farm Ltd’s proposals for a 65-turbine wind farm on more than 2,300 hectares of land at Walshaw Moor above Hebden Bridge, says the Ted Hughes Estate – run by poet’s widow Carol Hughes – is behind their campaign. Calderdale Wind Farm Ltd says the wind farm could be England’s biggest . . . Complete story »


January 10, 2024 • England, Print storyE-mail story

Part of damaged blade missing at Humber Gateway offshore windpower facility

A part of a blade from one of the wind turbines at the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm in the UK has broken off after the wind turbine blade sustained damage. According to information in a Notice to Mariners from Humber Gateway OWF Control Room, the part of the damaged blade, approximately 20 metres long, has fallen into the sea and is likely adrift or submerged. The Notice was issued on 8 January, with the part that detached reported as . . . Complete story »


January 3, 2024 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Owners of sporting estate in Yorkshire moors to erect 65 turbines in Bronte country

A developer has submitted notice of their intent to build wind 65 turbines on some of Yorkshire’s most culturally and ecologically valuable moorland – close to a ruined farmhouse associated with the Bronte sisters. Calderdale Wind Farm Ltd have filed scoping documents with Calderdale Council via a consultant ahead of a full planning application in respect to the Walshaw Moor Estate at Heptonstall, near Hebden Bridge. The estate is owned by Boundary Mill retail entrepreneur Richard Bannister, whose family are . . . Complete story »


December 6, 2023 • England, Print storyE-mail story

Worker injured in accident at turbine factory site

A man was taken to hospital after a serious accident at the Teesworks site near Redcar. Medics were called to an incident at the huge regeneration site in Teesside, with the patient taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Neither the nature of the incident nor the worker’s condition are currently known. The incident took place at the SeAH Wind site, where an offshore wind turbine monopile factory is currently being erected. K2 Construction is the build’s principal contractor. . . . Complete story »


November 14, 2023 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Yorkshire moors could get England’s biggest wind farm in threat to blanket bog habitat

Calderdale Windfarm Ltd is exploring options for 65 turbines on Walshaw Moor, near the Walshaw Dean reservoirs above Hebden Bridge in Calderdale. The company said the scheme would generate enough electricity to power more than 286,000 homes a year. Environmental campaigners warned the development would disturb peat bogs, releasing carbon into the atmosphere. A spokesperson for Calderdale Windfarm, which is backed by Worldwide Renewable Energy (WWRE), said the proposal was an “incredibly exciting opportunity”. “During a cost-of-living crisis, with ongoing . . . Complete story »


November 14, 2023 • England, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

‘Offshore wind farm for Devon coast is simply rubbish’

The White Cross Offshore Wind would see eight floating turbines constructed 52km from the North Devon coastline. But some people are not happy about the prospect. The site is predicted to cover an area of 50km² – the size of approximately 7,000 football pitches – and would provide renewable energy [equivalent to the use of] 135,000 households. The project forms part of a nationwide effort to reach net-zero by 2050, with White Cross Offshore Windfarms predicting the site will reduce . . . Complete story »


November 12, 2023 • England, Print storyE-mail story

Sussex wind farm onshore works are ‘needlessly destructive’, charity claims

Proposals to build Rampion 2 – an extension to the existing Rampion wind farm – were the subject of a successful Development Consent Order (DCO) application. The plans will now be examined by the UK Government’s planning inspectorate. CPRE Sussex said it ‘backs an urgent move’ to renewable energy sources and, ‘in principle, would be supportive of the sensitive expansion’ of the Rampion offshore wind farm. However, it has raised ‘major concerns’ over how the public consultation ‘has been run’ . . . Complete story »


November 12, 2023 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Onshore wind projects in England stall as no new applications are received

The government has received no new applications for onshore wind farms in England since cabinet ministers eased planning rules earlier this year – in a further sign that Rishi Sunak’s anti-green policy shift is driving investment abroad. So far this year, only one new project, with a single turbine, has become fully operational in England, with many more being built in the EU – and in Scotland and Wales, where planning rules are less burdensome. This is despite renewables being . . . Complete story »


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