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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


June 20, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Energy firm criticised for offshore wind farm planning application

An energy firm hoping to build a wind farm off the coast of north Norfolk has been criticised for ignoring concerns before submitting a planning application. Danish energy giant Orsted submitted an application for the Hornsea Project Three windfarm to the planning inspectorate on Monday, May 14, which has been accepted for consultation. But the chair of a group dedicated to protecting the region’s coastline said the firm had a “total inability to take part in a meaningful consultation.” If . . . Complete story »


June 13, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Swaffham Green Britain Centre with giant wind turbine closes

A sustainable energy visitor attraction, famous for allowing the public to take trips up its giant wind turbine, has suddenly closed. The charity which runs the Green Britain Centre, near Swaffham, Norfolk, said the site was unprofitable. It has welcomed hundreds of local school pupils every year to teach them about green energy sources. The site has been handed to landlord Breckland Council, with the offer to help it find new owners or a new use. The Green Britain Centre . . . Complete story »


June 9, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Local residents induced to support wind farm scheme

A community investment scheme proposed by the developer of 11 wind turbines in Cornwall could not be used as a reason to grant planning permission, Mrs Justice Lang held after upholding a decision by the Secretary of State who had dismissed the claimant’s planning appeal. The site lay close to the Cornwall AONB and heritage coast and the local planning authority had refused permission in 2014 citing unacceptable impact on the landscape and to designated heritage assets. At appeal an . . . Complete story »


June 7, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Kirkby Moor windfarm owners appeal against ruling to dismantle Cumbrian turbines

The owners of a windfarm near the Lake District national park say they are appealing against a planning ruling to dismantle the development. Ventient Energy said overturning the decision on the Kirkby Moor wind turbines would bring public benefits and investment in the local community. South Lakeland District Council decided in December last year not to extend the windfarm’s planning consent to 2027. The development has operated since 1993. Conservationists, including the Friends of the Lake District and the Open . . . Complete story »


June 7, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Ventient Energy to appeal planning decision on Kirkby Moor wind farm

Ventient Energy, the energy firm that owns the wind farm, is appealing against the decision made by South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee last December to turn down the application for a variation of condition which would allow the wind farm to operate until 2027. The wind farm has operated since 1993. It was a close vote with the planning committee split almost down the middle, six members voted to refuse the application for the wind farm’s continued operation and . . . Complete story »


May 30, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Watch as £1million wind turbine is engulfed in fire in Cambridgeshire Fens

Flames engulfed a £1 million wind turbine in the Cambridgeshire Fens this morning, causing plumes of thick black smoke that could be seen for miles around. Fire crews were called to the blaze at the wind farm on Benwick Road, Doddington, at 7.50am on Wednesday May 30. One crew from Chatteris and one crew and a multi-star, equipped with a 31m ladder, from Stanground arrived to find an 89m wind turbine well alight, with debris falling to the ground. The . . . Complete story »


May 30, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Doddington wind turbine catches fire after storms

An 89m (292ft) wind turbine caught fire after storms hit Cambridgeshire overnight. Firefighters were called to the blaze on one of the blades of the turbine in Benwick Road, Doddington, at about 07:50 BST. Parts of it have broken off with debris scattered in the area but there was no danger to the public, the fire service said. Residents reported thunder and lightning overnight. The cause of the fire is not yet known. [view video at http://www.bbc.com/news/av/embed/p068mk5t/44304296] Complete story »


May 30, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Lightning strikes £1m wind turbine in the Fens – dramatic photos

A £1 million wind turbine – erected 11 years ago- is being allowed to burn itself out after being struck by lightning in the early hours of today. Fire crews are at the scene of the blaze at Ransonmoor wind farm near Doddington Former fireman David Oldale, who woke up this morning to receive a phone call from his daughter who lives in a farm house next door to the wind turbine, said: “I would leave it it’s too dangerous, . . . Complete story »


May 30, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

£1m wind turbine bursts into flames after lightning strike

A wind turbine is being allowed to burn itself out after being struck by lightning. Fire crews are at the scene of the blaze at Ransonmoor wind farm, near Doddington, following the lightning strike in the early hours of the morning. Former fireman David Oldale, who woke up to receive a phone call from his daughter who lives in a farm house next door to the wind turbine, said: “I would leave it, it’s too dangerous, I’d let it go. . . . Complete story »


May 30, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Giant wind turbine on fire after ‘lightning strike’

This is the dramatic site greeting people in one Cambridgeshire village this morning (May 30). An 89m wind turbine is engulfed in flames, with debris falling to the ground, in Benwick Road, Doddington. The fire was reported at 7.50am and firefighters are at the scene. People have been posting their images on social media of the fire, which many have speculated was caused by a lightning strike last night. Their images show flames and plumes of smoke emanating from the . . . Complete story »


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