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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.


January 15, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Fined £51,000 … for having a loud wind turbine

A wind turbine operator has been fined tens of thousands of pounds after one of its wind turbines made too much noise. Magistrates imposed a total of £51,000 in fines after Kirklees Council prosecuted the operator for noise pollution following ongoing complaints from those living close to the turbine at Cote Farm, Hade Edge. They took court action against the turbine operator, Windvest Limited, and its director Dean Staveley of Thurstonland. The judge found the company and its director guilty . . . Complete story »


January 15, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Family living next to huge planned substation for offshore wind farm told no compensation

When Steve Hall looks out over the fields around his garden in Swardeston he can see trees, hedgerows and pylons. But a new electrical substation, the equivalent height of a five-storey building could loom over his garden if plans for a new offshore wind farm go ahead. It has stopped him from selling his detached family house, but he has been told he will not get a penny in compensation. Hundreds of other people in the county, living on two . . . Complete story »


January 10, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine plant plans given the go-ahead after long fight

Plans for a new research and development facility at a former Hampshire shipbuilding site has been given the go-ahead by civic chiefs despite strong opposition from local residents. Southampton City Council’s planning committee debated plans by renewable energy giant GE last night to open a new research, design and development hub for renewable technology on the former Vosper Thorneycroft site in Woolston that could create up to 250 new jobs. The proposed plans include a facility dedicated to renewable technology . . . Complete story »


January 9, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Norfolk village angered by naming of wind farm substation

A substation that was built in a Norfolk village to support a large off shore wind farm has caused controversy due to a newly erected sign. The sign for the substation in Necton, near Swaffham, was put up at the beginning of December and reads ‘Necton Substation’ but many of those living in the community say the sign should be changed as they do not want their village to be linked to the site. The residents fear that by putting . . . Complete story »


December 20, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Parish council hits out at windfarm company for ‘chaotic’ consultation events

A village in Norfolk has hit out at the company behind two of the county’s largest offshore wind farm projects after public consultations were found to be confusing and error-prone. Necton will be one of the main areas in Norfolk to feel the impact of Vattenfall’s two proposed wind farms due to the substations that will be built on the outskirts of the village. To keep residents informed the energy company has been holding a series of public consultations between . . . Complete story »


December 19, 2017 • England, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Decision day approaches for wind farm plan on Tigers’ WW1 battlefield site

A decision is looming on controversial plans to build massive wind turbines the site of a First World War battlefield where tens of thousands of British soldiers died. French firm InnoVent wants to put up three turbines, each twice the height of Big Ben, on the site of the 1915 Battle of Loos, in northern France. The Royal Leicester Regiment, known as the Tigers, lost more than 500 men in just a week of fierce fighting. A row over whether . . . Complete story »


December 17, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘There’s nothing green about driving a corridor 100m wide through rural Norfolk’– Farmers’ fears over wind farm cable work

Farmers can spend generations nurturing the soil and ecology which underpin their livelihood. So to be told one day that the national need for green energy will require a massive cable trench to be carved through their fields has been met by many with anger and concern. Some fear their land could take more than a decade to recover. In all, more than 200 landowners will be affected by the two cable corridors which will need to be dug through . . . Complete story »


December 16, 2017 • England, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Controversial plan to put three 650ft wind turbines on First World War battlefield where remains of fallen Lincolnshire soldiers are buried

Campaigners are urging a French energy company not to build wind turbines on the site of a First World War battlefield where 357 Lincolnshire soldiers were killed in a single day. InnoVent wants to erect three 650ft tall turbines in northern France on land where the British and French fought the Germans during the Battle of Loos from September 25 to October 18 1915. It is believed that the remains of thousands of ‘missing’ soldiers from all sides still lay . . . Complete story »


December 16, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Norfolk wildlife which could be disturbed by offshore wind farms

Fears have been raised that hedgerows and trees will be lost and animals’ habitat’s damaged when hundreds of acres of land are dug up to bury cables for the world’s biggest offshore wind farms. Around 2,000 acres of Norfolk land will be cut through to build two trenches up to 60 kilometres long for cables carrying power from the wind farms to the National Grid. The energy firms behind the wind farms, Vattenfall and Orsted, said they would do all . . . Complete story »


December 16, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘All we are doing is fighting’ – the Norfolk market town where cables for world’s largest offshore wind farms meet

Metres away from Ray and Diane Pearce’s front door enough electricity to power more than four million homes will flow under the ground. Their converted barn and holiday lets on the edge of Reepham are in the crosshairs of two huge offshore wind farm developments which need two cable corridors to be dug across Norfolk to connect them to the National Grid. They say it will lead to the closure of their business as well as years of construction work. . . . Complete story »


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