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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 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 • 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 3, 2020 • England, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Grimsby-based windfarm operator Orsted to pay £4.5m after huge UK power cut that left a million without electricity

Offshore wind giant Orsted will pay £4.5 million into energy regulator Ofgem’s redress fund over the huge power cuts that left more than a million customers without electricity. The company’s Grimsby-based Hornsea One wind farm, together with an RWE gas-fired power station at Little Barford, Cambridgeshire, did not stay connected following a lightning strike on an overhead transmission line on August 9 last year. Both will contribute to the watchdog’s compensation package. Ofgem’s investigation found that the combined loss of . . . Complete story »

January 2, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Objectors vow to ‘fight tooth and nail’ after plans for 325 feet wind turbines in Hartlepool downsized

Seneca Global Energy, in Hartlepool, had intended to submit planning applications for two turbines up to 325ft tall on Hartlepool Borough Council owned land off Brenda Road, south of Tata steel. A single turbine on the Tofts Farm Industrial Estate, to the north of Tofts Road West, was also part of the scheme. The plans were opposed by Seaton ward councillors and the Seaton Carew Wind Turbine Action Association who said the turbines were too close to residential properties. Seneca . . . Complete story »

December 24, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Communities join forces to seek urgent review of seven major energy projects planned for Suffolk

Thirty-two communities in east Suffolk have joined forces for the first time to oppose moves to build seven major energy projects in a small part of the county. The town and parish councils have written to Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Andrea Leadsom asking for the Government to intervene immediately – and to carry out an urgent review of the impact of the current plans. The group also want an immediate suspension of ScottishPower Renewables’ applications . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farm decision delayed amid concerns

A decision on whether to allow a huge wind farm off the Norfolk coast has been delayed amid a raft of concerns. The government was due to decide the Norfolk Vanguard wind farm by December 10. But the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now written to Norfolk Vanguard’s developer, Vattenfall, as well as Natural England and local councils, asking it to address issues ranging from traffic to the environment. The project calls for the cabling to make . . . Complete story »

December 9, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners push for pause on Suffolk’s ‘energy coast’

Campaigners and politicians have called on the Government to pause the expansion of the energy industry in Suffolk, which they fear will turn the countryside into an “industrial wasteland” and hit tourism. Groups from Suffolk and Norfolk met in Aldeburgh on Sunday when they agreed a unified stance against the “onslaught” of projects facing the region. The groups said they supported renewable energy but warned the lack of “joined up thinking” from Government and energy companies was threatening the landscape, . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Opposition to extending wind farm as far as Bognor Regis

Opposition to extending the Rampion Wind Farm as far as Bognor Regis has been voiced by a campaign group. Currently the wind farm, situated 13km off the coast between Worthing and Brighton, has 116 turbines which generate a maximum of 400 megawatts of energy – enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homes a year, equivalent to around half the homes in Sussex. Offshore construction began in early 2016 and the project was completed by April 2018. The website of the . . . Complete story »

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