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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.

July 13, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Split at country charity over its support for energy farms

A rift has emerged within one of England’s biggest rural charities over their support for onshore wind and solar farms. CPRE, the countryside charity, came out in favour of the return of subsidies for onshore wind and solar earlier this year, effectively ending its role as one of the country’s most vocal opponents to their presence in the English countryside. But several of the group’s regional branches, many of which act as independent charities, have called on the Government to . . . Complete story »

July 7, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

New Cumbria offshore wind farm plan ‘highly controversial’

A new wind farm off the West Cumbrian coast would be “highly controversial”, councillors have warned. An area between Maryport and Sellafield has been identified as one of five potential sites for offshore developments. Copeland Council’s nuclear and energy board member Sam Pollen said it was “vital” the authority decided what position it should take on the matter. “It’s a highly controversial project to say the least,” he said. Opinion would be divided but “many people would rather have a . . . Complete story »

July 4, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Industry celebrates wind farm approval as campaigners slam ‘hollow victory’

The go-ahead for a huge wind farm off the Norfolk coast has been hailed by the energy industry – but met with despair by some villagers. The Vanguard wind farm will be built 30 miles off the coast of Happisburgh by Swedish energy firm Vattenfall. It will include 158 turbines and generate enough energy to power almost two million homes and create a total of 400 jobs when work is at its peak, Vattenfall said. Danielle Lane, Vattenfall’s UK offshore . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Rare bird and village traffic fears delay world’s biggest wind farm

A bid to build a huge offshore wind farm has been held up because of the impact it would have on an endangered bird and a mid-Norfolk village. Alok Sharma, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, announced on Wednesday that he was “minded to approve” Hornsea Three wind farm, but the energy company behind it needed to give him more information before the end of September. If completed, it would have a capacity of 2.4 Gigawatts making . . . Complete story »

July 1, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Huge offshore wind farm gets green light

At least one of three huge wind farm projects planned to be built off the Norfolk coast will go ahead. The government has approved plans for the Norfolk Vanguard wind farm, which is to be built east of Norfolk by Swedish energy firm Vattenfall. And Alok Sharma, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, said he was “minded to approve” a second project, Hornsea Three, if he is satisfied with what the firm behind that project, Orsted, can . . . Complete story »

June 3, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Application to extend Thanet Offshore Wind Farm rejected

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, has rejected a Development Consent Order application submitted by Vattenfall to extend the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm. The decision, which had been due yesterday (June 1) has now been announced. The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) accepted the proposed project for examination in 2018 following 18-months of consultation with residents and businesses by Vattenfall. The Examining Authority issued a Recommendation Report to the Secretary of State on September 11, 2019. . . . Complete story »

June 2, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Ruling on huge wind farm faces further delay

A ruling on whether one of the world’s biggest wind farms can be built off the Norfolk coast has been deferred for another month. The deadline day for Norfolk Vanguard has now been set as July 1, after earlier being pushed back from December to today (June 1). Alok Sharma, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, made the decision to delay. A statement from the Planning Inspectorate said: “The Secretary of State has decided to re-set the . . . Complete story »

May 9, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Storm blows up over Fence wind farm

Fears greenbelt land could be ‘spoiled’ forever have been voiced after plans to erect two wind turbines has been submitted to Pendle Council. Jackie Commons, who has lived in Fence for 20 years, said she is ‘amazed’ permission has been sought for the site in Wood End Road after plans to build a wind farm there in 2010 met fierce opposition. Pendle Council has erected a sign at the entrance to Moor Isles Farm that states the land is a . . . Complete story »

April 9, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm extension proposal

Plans have been submitted to extend the life of a west Cumbrian wind farm. A planning application has been to Copeland Council requesting an extension to the operational life of the Park House wind farm, north of Lowca. The wind farm, which consists of seven turbines, first began generating power in March 2000. Now, firm Cannock Wind Farm Services is asking Copeland council for planning permission to extend the operational life of the wind farm until the end of March . . . Complete story »

March 20, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Decision on world’s biggest wind farm off Norfolk coast hit by coronavirus

A decision on whether to build the world’s biggest wind farm off the east Norfolk coast has been hit by coronavirus. Swedish energy firm Vattenfall wants to build a wind farm called Boreas 70km out to sea. It would come ashore at Happisburgh and has sparked opposition because a cable trench, 60km long would need to be dug across Norfolk from Happisburgh to Necton to connect it to the National Grid. At Necton new substations would be built, causing further . . . Complete story »

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