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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 14, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillors say wind turbines off Thanet coast should be painted green to avoid damaging tourism

Councillors claim the colour and size of wind turbines off the coast are damaging tourism in Kent – with some urging for them to be painted green so they blend in more with the landscape. Swedish energy company Vattenfall plans to expand the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm to make it the biggest in the world. An addition 34 turbines would join the current 100 off the coast around 7.5 miles from Foreness Point in Margate by 2021. The new energy . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners hit back at Kirkby Wind Farm petition

Campaigners who want to see the Kirkby Moor wind farm pulled down say a petition with more than 100,000 signatures from people across the world is not as relevant as views from local people. The 12 turbines, built in 1993, will be the subject of a public inquiry later this month after South Lakeland District Council denied Ventient Energy permission to extend the lifespan of the wind farm until 2027. An online petition to keep the turbines and has attracted . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2019 • England, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Building wind farms in England is pointless because it isn’t windy enough

Building wind farms in England is pointless because it isn’t windy enough, the boss of Britain’s biggest wind power firm has said. Keith Anderson, chief executive of Scottish Power, which supplies gas and electricity to nearly five million homes, said he will put up more turbines – but only in Scotland and Wales. He told The Mail on Sunday that although he believes the future of the UK’s electricity will come from wind, there is not enough wind or suitable . . . Complete story »

January 1, 2019 • England, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

A coastline destroyed by the wind farm invasion

2018: That was the year . . . when wind farm ugliness and blight became a fact of life for the half million folk who live in coastal Sussex. The Rampion wind farm – insultingly called after the beautiful purple Sussex county flower and one of the largest such installations in Britain – was granted planning permission in 2014, was built at breakneck speed and since April has been operational. At the year end, the ramifications are painfully clear. Sea . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine ‘too big and too close to homes’ gets approved

A new turbine is set to be put in place near Truro, three years after it was first granted planning permission. The new turbine is set to be erected on land off Ventonteague, Zelah, after planning approval was granted on Thursday, December 13. Planning permission had originally been given to Cornwall Council for a turbine to be placed at the site in 2015 but that did not go ahead due to changes in the feed-in tariff, a government subsidy for . . . Complete story »

December 12, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Bid to block 125 metre wind turbine rejected by High Court

After years of struggle, objectors have finally failed in a High Court bid to block erection of a 125-metre wind turbine on a site near Beccles. Leading the fight against the turbine was local landowner, Benjamin Howell, of Crake Hall, and the owners of a local flying club. Objections ranged from concerns over aviation safety to the potential impact on archaeological remains. But judge Sir Ross Cranston has now given the green light to Stamford Renewable Power Ltd to erect . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Wind hoover’ wind turbines to be made bigger – despite ‘making residents lives a misery’

A councillor says approval for plans to increase the size of turbine blades at an East Riding wind farm could encourage other operators to follow suit. German company Energiekontor UK Limited secured permission to extend blade lengths at its nine-turbine site at Withernwick near Aldbrough this week. The company says the longer 43.5 metres blades will increase energy generation at the site by around seven per cent. The plans were approved by East Riding Council’s planning committee despite objections from . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Massive impact’ warning after Friston site chosen for huge power substation

Campaigners were split in their feelings but still worried and angry this afternoon after the preferred site was announced for a massive onshore windfarm substation. ScottishPower Renewables said Grove Wood, Friston, was the “most appropriate location for development” for the connectring base required for its East Anglia TWO and East Anglia ONE North offshore windfarms in the North Sea off Suffolk. The decision comes following an additional consultation period for the projects which also invited comments on an alternative site . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘We’ve already done our bit’ – Fears over impact of hundreds more offshore turbines

Hundreds more wind turbines could be built off the Suffolk coast after the region’s seabed was included in a new round of bidding for developers. The Crown Estate announcement has proved divisive, with business leaders welcoming the economic opportunities, while campaigners warn of the environmental impact of onshore infrastructure. Currently, there are two wind farms off Suffolk’s coast, Galloper and Greater Gabbard, featuring 196 turbines. ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) is building the 102-turbine East Anglia ONE and has plans for three . . . Complete story »

November 30, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Residents’ devastated as ‘vacuum hoover’ wind turbines set to be made bigger

New plans to make several wind turbines bigger in the East Riding look set to be given the go-ahead, despite objections from residents. An application by German company Energiekontor UK Limited to increase the length, rotor diameter and height of nine wind turbines outside of Withernwick has been submitted to East Riding Council. The proposal for Withernwick wind farm, which goes before the council’s planning committee on Thursday, looks set to win approval, subject to conditions. Energiekontor is seeking planning . . . Complete story »

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