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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.


August 10, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners warn Northumberland could be swamped by wind turbines

Vast swathes of Northumberland could be designated as suitable for wind turbine development through the county council’s new Local Plan. However, these areas would only be a starting point and any planning applications would have to meet a number of other requirements set out in the draft policy. Plus, there are only limited areas – most of which are already windfarms – where what are described as large turbines, those over 40 metres, would be acceptable. Nonetheless, campaigners have criticised . . . Complete story »


August 8, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Plastic from Rampion wind farm washes up on beach

The Rampion wind farm has announced it will carry out a full beach clean after plastic castings have washed ashore on Lancing beach The refuse, noticed by beachgoers on Monday morning, has been confirmed by the wind farm’s owners as having originated from the offshore development. The refuse is largely made up of long thin black plastic coiled strips, as well as some larger objects. A Rampion spokeswoman said: “We’re aware that plastic remnants have been found on Lancing Beach . . . Complete story »


August 7, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Hopes for public inquiry into Norfolk wind turbines dashed – but council will challenge the decision

Hopes of campaigners for a new public inquiry into controversial plans for two wind turbines in north Norfolk have been dashed by a new High Court ruling. However, North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) looks set to challenge the decision. In March last year, after a six day public inquiry a planning inspector gave consent for the turbines, which would be about a mile apart at Bodham and Selbrigg. This was despite fierce opposition from NNDC and the No To That . . . Complete story »


July 27, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

ScottishPower probes turbine fire

ScottishPower Renewables is investigating an apparent turbine fire at its Lynemouth wind farm near Ashington in the north-east of England. The utility developer said it is “aware of an incident” at the project and “along with our contractor are carrying out a full investigation”. Images posted on social media earlier this week show a single burned-out turbine. Local fire services were not immediately available to comment. According to online images, the nacelle and hub are largely destroyed while the blades, . . . Complete story »


July 18, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Cheap foreign workers being prioritised for offshore wind jobs’, warn MPs and trade unions

Lax immigration rules are preventing Hull seafarers and labourers from getting jobs in the offshore wind industry, MPs and trade unions have warned. The world’s largest wind farm, Hornsea, is currently being built off the Humber coast – but critics say British seafarers and labourers are not feeling the benefit of the predicted jobs boom. The renewable energy industry successfully lobbied the Home Office in April 2017 to introduce an immigration waiver for those working on the construction of the . . . Complete story »


July 18, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial off-shore wind farm plans spark heated debate in Holt

Controversial plans for an off-shore wind farm sparked a public debate at a meeting hosted by a Norfolk MP. Danish energy giant Ørsted hopes to build the Hornsea Project Three wind farm 121km off the north Norfolk coast. The plans have proved controversial, particularly regarding the proposed cable route and its potential damage to the surrounding area from the laying of the cable, and the impact of an on-shore booster station in open countryside. North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb hosted . . . Complete story »


July 11, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm firm will not pay for Happisburgh sea defences

Hopes of an energy company funding sea defences to protect Happisburgh’s rapidly eroding cliffs have been dashed. Swedish energy firm Vattenfall wants to bring cables from one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms ashore at the village. The project would involve years of work and had led some in Happisburgh to hoping that Vattenfall, which plans to build two wind farms around 50 kilometres off the coast, would make a contribution to beach defences. But Ruari Lean, project manager . . . Complete story »


July 5, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

MP ready to tell minister that 30-acre power plant plan is ‘unacceptable’

Community leaders are to meet a government minister to discuss proposals for a 30-acre windfarm substation which has been branded as “unacceptable” by opponents. There has been uproar at the selection of a site near Friston for the project, which will provide the grid connection for Scottish Power Renewables’ (SPR) next two offshore windfarms, East Anglia ONE North and East Anglia TWO. Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey will meet Energy Minister Claire Perry next week to convey residents’ concerns. She . . . Complete story »


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 »


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